Most homeowners today have heard about the money-saving advantages of energy efficient, more modern windows. Most homeowners are also aware of the fact that a replacing windows is not an easy or inexpensive project. In fact, the high cost of replacing windows can cause homeowners to put off this project year after year, even when it is obvious that the windows need to be replaced. Here are a few things you should consider when shopping for windows, and a couple telltale signs that it is time to replace the current ones.
If you feel a cool breeze floating through your home during the winter, it could be coming from a tiny crack in the window glass or window frame. In addition, the seals around windows don’t last forever; if you experience drafts around the window when it is closed, it is also possible that your seals have failed and you’re wasting energy and money.
- High Energy Bill
If you find that your energy costs have increased substantially or become extremely high, it is quite possibly time to consider replacing the windows. Be sure to check other energy-related repairs as well, as wall and attic insulation may be an issue.
- Window Glass Is Cold to the Touch
If you have single-pane windows, they will always feel cold to the touch. Single pane windows are the least energy efficient and they allow for the most heat transfer between inside the house and the outdoors. If you have double pane windows, however, they should feel only moderately cold when the temperature outside is super cold.
- Window Painting and Repair
When windows reach the point that the paint is peeling away or cracked or if the wood frame is rotting and generally breaking down, it becomes more cost-effective to replace the windows rather than repair them.
- Trouble Opening and Closing Windows
Wood windows often stick to the frame after several layers of paint. When the foundation of a home settles, window frames tend to bend and twist. When that happens, the window sash can no longer move. In addition, over time, casement window hinges and latches often rust, making them unusable. When any of these issues occur, it is better to replace the window rather than attempt to make repairs.
- Outside Noises Can Be Heard Clearly
Modern windows don’t just reduce heat transfer, but sound transfer as well. If the noise from outdoors can be easily be heard inside your home, that is a clear indication that your current windows are outdated.
The replacement window industry is highly competitive. Take your time to find qualified salespeople and experienced installers, because there are many who do not have sufficient training and expertise to get the job done efficiently and effectively. Here are a few tips to follow when purchasing replacement windows and arranging the installation:
- Get Multiple Estimates
Nobody likes to get estimates. Even though it is a time-consuming process, this is not a project to become lazy or to take shortcuts. Get at least three to five estimates because when you have a wide range of price quotes, you will be in the driver’s seat with negotiation power. Replacement window estimates are usually easy to get and salespeople are generally willing to accommodate your busy schedule.
- Know the Scope of Your Project
Figure out which windows need to be replaced before working with a salesperson to get the estimate. This will help you avoid having extra windows added into the estimate.
- Sit on the Estimate
You do not need to immediately act on the estimate. Window replacement is a big industry that has built-in room for negotiations. Often, if you hold off making the purchase or signing the installation contract, you will find that the salesperson will want your close your deal and may be willing to negotiate a lower price.
- Do Your Research Ahead of Time
Consumer Reports offers frequent replacement window ratings. Be sure to look at information related to energy efficient window replacements before making your choices.
Choosing an experienced home window replacement company to work with can help you receive a quality product and optimize your home’s energy efficiency at the same time. If you are considering replacing your current windows or if you have additional questions, call Allied Siding and Windows. Their service professionals are available to answer questions and to guide you through the available options; they will provide you with all the information necessary to find the right product to fit your window replacement needs. Allied Siding and Windows has been serving the Houston, Dallas and Austin areas for many years and they sell and install only the best energy-efficient, high-performance window replacement products. For more information, call the professional window installation team at Allied Siding and Windows today.
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