What To Know Before Replacing Your Windows

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You can find a wide variety of energy efficient window options to fit any style home. The key to buying replacement windows is knowing what to shop for and at what cost.

Hiring an experienced window replacement dealer can help answer many of those unanswered questions. Window dealers can explain the differences in brands and answer important installation questions. A window dealer that has extensive knowledge is always the best choice to guarantee proper installation requirements.

What should I know before shopping for replacement windows?

Replacement windows can become complicated. Familiarize yourself with certain terminology before shopping for replacement windows. This will cut confusion when discussing your options with a professional. Know the basic window measurements and locations of your windows in your home. Certain windows need to follow certain city regulations. Lastly, mention any window upgrades upfront, such as obscured or laminated glass. Sivan Windows and Doors confirms every step of your order to prevent added costs.

Why would I replace my windows?

Homeowners do not consider windows as a home necessity, but old windows may carry with them some health hazards. Lead paint and leaks can cause serious illnesses. Inspect your windows regularly to avoid unnecessary expenses.

It’s best to replace if your windows are costing you money. Older homes might have single-pane glass or temperature-conductive frames and sashes. It’s not unusual for your windows to have a thin glass pane. Energy efficiency was not an industry standard practiced in the early days of home construction.

Aside from energy concerns, windows in poor condition are often hard to repair. Improper care of a window can cause water leaks, pest infestations, and even structural damage. All are good reasons to replace windows.

Swapping your thirty-year-old windows with high performing windows can also add resell value to your home when you’re ready to sell.

Are my windows a safety concern for my family?

Old windows that fail to lock in place, shut all the way, or have loose frames are in need of replacement. Windows that lack stability are vulnerable to break-ins and vandalism. You might be putting your family at risk if your home lacks the proper safety protocols.

It is also important for windows to be accessible in case of a natural disaster. Second story windows should have operable windows in case of an evacuation. Consider placing an easy-to-use fire ladder in the room for an easy escape.

What materials should I consider?

Replacement windows have styles and functions for a variety of homes. Colonial homes may switch to energy efficient vinyl windows, for example. On the other hand, modern homes may consider switching to aluminum. Other materials, like Fiberglass and wood replacement windows, are great for homes that need custom frames for that perfect look.

Milgard Style Line Vinyl Patio Sliding Doors
Style Line Vinyl Sliding Patio Doors by Milgard Windows and Doors

Another key factor when replacing windows is brand awareness. You can consider the design of your home as a deciding factor before choosing a window brand. Traditional and colonial homes look great with vinyl windows, such as Milgard’s Style LineĀ® Series. Contemporary homes can use aluminum windows by Fleetwood for a modern appeal.

Ask your contractor or window professional for advice about brand benefits. Some warranties and added upgrades might help in making your final selection.

How Much Should I Spend on Replacement Windows?

The cost of replacing an old window depends on the company in charge of ordering and installing the product. Be aware of window replacement companies that offer suspiciously low pricing. These companies might be using inexpensive materials or may be giving you a standard sized window that may not fit.

Sivan Windows and Doors provides custom fitting windows to ensure a tight seal. Our process relies on custom measurements instead of a “standard” size. Prices can range depending on the brand and type of window.

Energy efficient windows keep the cool air in and hot air out. Choose your window replacement company wisely. Lazy installers may pose a threat in helping you save money. Contractors should not rely on expanding foams or sealants when installing your replacement windows. Inexpensive materials may cause your newly replaced windows damage during harsh weather conditions. You’ll end up spending more money in the long run due to needless shortcuts.

We’re here to help! For a FREE in-home consultation with a professional windows representative, contact us or visit our showroom for more information.

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