Many homeowners rush to purchase replacement home windows without weighing all the facts. Moreover, they tend to overlook such features as enhanced security and added insulation. Replacing windows without doing some research can lead to costly mistakes down the line.
Following are some of the most common mistakes homeowners make during window replacement and how they can be avoided.
5 Most Common Mistakes When Replacing Windows
Replacing their windows without professional help
Replacement windows often fall under the category of Do-It-Yourself when it comes to home improvements. This can be a good idea if you have a background in construction or have previously replaced windows. However, it is best to seek the help of a professional windows installer. Keep the following facts in mind if you are considering installing your windows yourself.
- If you do not install the correct size window unit, it can damage your window frame as well as the structure.
- Mistakes made during DIY window replacement can add up to 70% in repair costs.
- Operable windows, especially casement windows, can be replaced with double paned windows only.
- DIY window replacement will make most of your warranty null and void. This can add to greater costs later down the line should you have any issues with your windows.
- Many homeowners have sustained major injuries from attempting to undertake window replacement on their own.
Getting the same style of windows installed as their current windows
Many homeowners make the mistake of replacing their windows with the exact same style, design, and windows material as their current windows. This could be due to the fact that they are used to their old windows and not aware of the benefits of newer windows. Consider these features when it is time for window replacement:
- Vinyl windows for enhanced energy efficiency and low maintenance
- Tilt and turn windows for ease of operation and cleaning
- Low-E coating for added energy efficiency
- Double or triple pane windows for lower energy bills and enhanced home security
- Inert gases to prevent heat loss and condensation
Overlooking home security
Today’s windows are designed with sturdier glass and stronger locking mechanisms. Home security is a major concern in today’s modern world, so you want to be sure to purchase the most secure windows for your home. Most windows can be designed with a multi-point locking system for added peace of mind. And, do not rule out triple or double pane windows, as extra pane(s) provide an additional layer of home safety and security.
Not adding window glazing for enhanced energy efficiency
Modern windows are available with a variety of glazing options to provide them with superior insulation. These include the following options for window glazing:
- Textured window glass
- Reflective window panes
- Tinted windows
- Heat aborting properties
- Low-E coatings
- Decorative glass options for aesthetic attraction to improve your market value and curb appeal
Scheduling a proper time for replacing windows is the main concern with homeowners. You need to make sure that your furniture and other belongings are out of the way or protected. In addition, you need to ensure that your children and pets are safe during the installation process. Keep in mind that Mother Nature does not follow your schedule, so have a backup plan for inclement weather conditions. Also, it is best to plan your window replacement project during the fall or spring to avoid exposing your home to the elements for a prolonged period.
Contact WindowTech Windows and Doors if you are considering replacing windows in your home. We can meet with you to discuss what style and material of windows will be your best fit. Call us today for a free quote!