Have you noticed your windows are causing problems and decide it’s time to buy new ones? While it initially seemed as easy as making a quick trip to Home Depot and picking up a couple of new windows, you’ve likely come to realize the process is a little more complex. To get the best performance possible and avoid having to replace them again in a couple of years, we’ve created a list of 6 things to know before buying replacement windows.

  1. What Type of Materials Are the Windows?

There are a wide variety of window materials that all come with different benefits and price points. Depending on your budget and preferences, you can choose between vinyl, aluminum, wood, fiberglass, or clad windows. We’ve found vinyl to be one of the best options as the material is incredibly energy-efficient, affordable, lightweight, airtight, rot-resistant, and requires little to no maintenance.

  1. Energy Efficiency

Energy-efficient glass helps regulate temperatures inside the home and can reduce heating and cooling costs. Replacement windows effectively insulate your home and prevent your HVAC air from escaping through the glass. If your home currently has old leaky windows, energy-efficient replacements may save you hundreds of dollars per year in energy bills! Additionally, they’ll help block UV rays, preventing your carpets and furniture from fading.

  1. Who’s Installing Them?

For replacement windows to work correctly, it is definitely not a DIY project. No matter how efficient the technology is in the windows, they won’t work if installed incorrectly. Our team of experts ensures that we properly install every window and door the first time!

  1. Does the Company’s Quote Include All Costs?

As the saying goes, “if it seems good to be true, it probably is.” This saying can apply to replacement windows. Some companies market their products as being significantly lower than the competition. The low price tag may be due to hidden fees that they’re not including, such as installation costs. Before pulling out your wallet or signing anything, you want to make sure all costs are included in the quote.

  1. Should I Replace All My Windows at Once?

The answer to this question depends on your current goals. If you want to boost your curb appeal, you can start with the street-facing windows and work through the rest of the windows over time. When it’s only one or two windows giving you difficulty, there’s no need to replace every window in your house. If you’re looking to improve your home’s energy efficiency or increase resale value, it may be best to replace them all at once. Keep in mind that the fewer trips the installers have to make to your home, the cheaper the project’s cost will be.

  1. What’s Their Warranty? 

You shouldn’t disregard the company’s warranty. It gives you peace of mind if anything goes wrong during delivery, installation, or if there’s a product defect. Many manufacturers offer warranties that cover you for a lifetime, so once you install the windows, you only have to worry about minimal maintenance.

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We hope our blog about 6 things to know before buying replacement windows has helped you! Any home improvement project can quickly become a headache, which is why we’re here to make it go as smooth as possible. We’ll help you find the best windows for your home based on your preferences, needs, and local climate. If you’d like to learn more about replacement windows or have any questions for us, please reach out. Our phone number is (619) 583-7171, or you can contact us on our website by clicking here.

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