3 Things to look out for when replacing your windows
Great care should be taken when selecting and installing your windows and here are a few things to look out for.
Whether it’s due to a leak, scratch, break or simple because you want to change the look of your house, replacing your windows should be an easy process. It’s just windows, right? Many people will fall into the trap of assuming its simplicity and therein lies the root of many mistakes and problems. With everything in your house, great care should be taken when selecting and installing your windows and here are a few things to look out for.
Cheapest and best
You might be tempted to get the cheapest replacement windows you can find but anyone can tell you that you get what you pay for. With a low price range comes a low quality window which you might find yourself replacing again and again in the years or months to come. Investing in a sturdier, quality window will assure that it will last for ages, which will be worth it when you take into consideration the amount of money you will be saving on several cheaper windows and their installation fees.
However, this does not mean you should go above and beyond and selecting the most expensive window you can find. Do some research on the various styles of windows, glass used and even its coating. For a room that gets a lot of sunlight, you might want to consider tinted glass windows or if you want a stylized gothic feel, you can choose glazed windows. The choices are limitless and the more designs you look at, the more you can make an informed choice so take your time in selecting your windows. It should be something that you buy once or twice in the lifetime of your house.
Replacing it with the exact style because that’s how it was designed
With all the latest trends and technology, you might be able to find a window that’s better suited in a certain setting. For instance, a double-hung window can be replaced with a casement window to increase energy efficiency. Take your time to not only look at windows catalogues but real life pictures of interior design or home architecture. You might find yourself changing your mind a few times as you delve deeper into the many different ways you can better utilize the space and place you’ve been given to work with.
One of the most obvious things to do is to look at your house from the outside. You want to make sure that your new windows match the exterior of your home. Unless you are making a statement, mismatched windows might give your home a funny and un-seamless look.
Don’t just throw out the entire frame
What many do not realize is that old wood is much longer-lasting than the wood on the market today. This is why veteran renovators will advise against throwing out old trimmings and suggest that you simply upcycle or repair them. Get it professionally assessed so you know exactly what you are dealing with instead of replacing everything with the latest tech.