Your Guide to Home Window Replacement

Drafty windows? Windows that won't open? If these issues sound familiar, it might be time to replace your windows.

You may not think of your windows often, but they are an integral part of your home and help keep it comfortable for you and your family. Through rain and shine, windows let light in and keep the elements out. If you've been wondering whether or not to replace your windows, we'll help you decide if your home is ready for a window upgrade.

Reasons to Replace Your Windows

You update your home, but what about your windows? Depending on their type, windows can last anywhere from 10 to 30 years. If your windows are reaching the end of their lifespan or if you're experiencing frequent window repairs or pesky drafts, it might be a good time to replace them. Window replacement is a large investment, but luckily new windows have many benefits for you and your home. Here are the top benefits to keep in mind when considering replacement windows:

Energy Efficiency

If you still find the price of your energy bill shocking, it might be time to look at your windows instead of just looking through them. Older windows often lack proper insulation and may not fit as tightly, leading to drafts. These factors make them less energy-efficient and could be contributing to higher energy bills.

Certain energy-efficient windows can also block out UV rays that could fade and bleach soft home goods like curtains, couches, and carpets. A window contractor can help you determine which energy-efficient factors are most important for your lifestyle and pick the right window for you.

Functionality

Does it take the full force of your entire family to open a window? If so, it might be a sign that they are due for an upgrade. If your windows are painted shut, broken, or difficult to open, it's time to consider window replacement. Bonus: New windows can also make your home more secure!

Weatherproofing

Windows should keep the elements out and protect your home. Leaking windows or condensation between window panes is a sign that your windows aren't doing their job. Over time, windows can warp or settle, leaving space for moisture to get through. If moisture has been finding its way indoors or if you can feel the wind blowing from inside, your home is a great candidate for new windows.

Curb Appeal

Windows are an often forgotten design element that can make a big difference. If you're looking to upgrade your exterior, windows can help! From picture windows to bay windows, you're sure to find the perfect match for your home's exterior. Plus, don't forget that new windows can boost the value of your home along with curb appeal.

Better Homes & Gardens Tip: For the ultimate curb-appeal impact, consider adding shutters alongside new windows!

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What to Know When Starting Your Replacement Window Search

Once you establish your need for new windows, there are many factors that go into picking the right ones. Because replacement windows are an investment, make sure to consider your options and choose the windows that are best for your needs and your home for years to come. Here are some things to consider when searching for the best replacement windows:

How Many Windows You'll Need

Do you want to replace windows in one room or the whole house? Generally, the more windows you replace the higher the overall cost will be. But, the cost per window tends to decrease when installing more windows. So, if you know you'll eventually want to replace all your windows, you'll want to consider replacing multiple windows at one time.

Window Size Requirements

Depending on where the windows are in your home, the size requirements vary. Living rooms typically have bigger picture windows while bathroom windows are generally smaller. Assessing the sizes you need will you help you estimate how much replacement windows will cost and find the perfect windows to suit your space.

Your Preferred Window Material and Style

Material and style are important considerations when it comes to choosing new windows. Window material options range from wood to vinyl to aluminum. Keep in mind that each material has different benefits and costs to consider.

Picture, double hung, casement, stationary, or bay? Fortunately, there are many types of window styles to choose from! Once you know what you want from your windows, a local contractor can inform you about the different materials and styles to help select the best choice for your home.

Codes and Regulations That May Apply

If you own a historic home or are part of a homeowner's association, there may be certain window codes and regulations you have to adhere to. Make sure to know if these regulations apply to your home before you begin replacing windows.

Replacement Window Cost

Replacement window cost can vary significantly. Window type, size, and material as well as the number of windows you need are all factors to consider when assessing the price of a window replacement project. A window installation contractor can help you stay on budget while still installing the windows that are best for your home.

Window Repair Versus Window Replacement

Since window replacement is an investment, you may be wondering if you have to replace them or if your windows are eligible for repair. Some issues like broken panes, drafts, and window cracks may be able to be repaired. In fact, if you have a historic home, repair may be your only option. Other situations simply call for replacing the window glass instead of the whole window. A contractor can help assess the condition of your windows and let you know if window repair or window replacement is your best option.

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Installing Replacement Windows

Depending on the extent of your project, replacing your windows can become complex. Removing old windows and installing new ones can be tricky. If you plan to use existing frames and trim, be careful not to damage them in the removal process. Also, it is important that windows are measured and installed correctly to avoid drafts and water leakage. If you're not comfortable replacing a window on your own, a contractor can help you get the right windows and install them correctly.

Window Screen Replacement

When replacing windows, you'll also want to make sure that window screens are in top shape. Replacing window screens is a relatively inexpensive project and can be done with the help of your local handyman. There are several options when it comes to replacement window screens, so you can choose the best one depending on your needs. Solar screens can block up to 65 percent more of the sun's heat and glare while also keeping pesky insects out. Security screens can withstand heavy wear and tear, including potential damage attempted by pets. Screen replacement costs will vary depending on the screen's material and durability, so make sure to research your options and get price estimates from a local service.

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