Like roof replacement and other major home improvements, window replacement needs careful planning. The right replacement windows can dramatically improve your home’s comfort levels and curb appeal, and may even have you save on your energy bills. In today’s post, let Triangle Home Exteriors set you on the right path to window replacement with this look at the common mistakes that you need to avoid.
- Sticking to the same window style. While there is nothing wrong with choosing the same window style as the old ones, you may be missing out on features unique to other styles. For example, casement windows can make the most out of a window’s viewing area, as well as improve a room’s energy efficiency because of the tight sash-to-frame seal. Sliding windows along the patio can help free up space that’s otherwise occupied by hinged window sashes.
- Not taking energy performance into account. Inefficient windows are among the biggest causes of thermal transfer, which is why drafts are common around them. While energy-efficient replacement windows are a bit costlier than traditional ones, the benefits more than make up for it. In addition to improved comfort, energy-efficient replacement windows can also help you save on your cooling and heating costs. Look for the ENERGY STAR® certification label and compare energy performance ratings when buying new windows.
- Choosing the cheapest options. A low estimate is surely tempting. However, it may cost you in the long run. Unfortunately, unscrupulous contractors do exist, and they attract victims by offering too-good-to-be-true prices. They come up with such prices by cutting corners and including below-standard options and unskilled labor, hoping their victims won’t notice. Compare estimates, do not rush the process and ask questions before you commit to a project.
- Overlooking the importance of professional installation. DIYers nowadays, particularly those who post video content online, seem to make major home tasks look easy to do. They perpetuate the notion that DIY can help you save on labor costs. However, unless you already have the construction and safety equipment, as well as the training, taking the DIY route will actually cost you more. Also, the cost of correcting installation mistakes would have to be paid out of your own pocket, whereas professionally-installed replacement windows usually come with a workmanship warranty.
Your window replacement professionals at Triangle Home Exteriors will make sure that your window replacement is done right the first time. Give us a call at (919) 615-1101, or fill out our contact form to schedule a consultation. We serve Durham, NC, and the surrounding communities.