If windows and their seals start to deteriorate, then the energy bills in your home can start to rise and unwanted noise, dust and other things that should be kept outside are let in.
Once you decide on replacement windows for your home, you have a lot of choices to make. The wrong ones can be costly mistakes.
1. Going Too Cheap
Of course, cost has to be a consideration. But if you just pick the cheapest window installation option, you can find you will pay for it in the long run. The windows will likely need repairs and replacement much sooner than a quality brand. The time and costs needed to paint, clean and maintain the windows also have to be taken into account.
2. Doesn’t Suit Your Home
Windows that look great in the store or online might not suit the design of your home. So do lots of research, and listen to the advice of your window installation professional, who should have lots of experience in what works and what doesn’t.
3. Going with What You Know
Often homeowners will go with the window model and manufacturer already in their home. But this approach doesn’t take into account the developments in window technology and new makes that can deliver much better value and performance.
4. Doing the Work Yourself
Window installation involves much more than filling a hole in your wall. If not done properly, the window’s energy efficiency and longevity could be compromised. A professional window contractor should install your replacement windows.
5. You Don’t Consider Security
Statistics show that many home burglaries come through the windows. So when choosing replacement windows, you must consider security features and durability.
You can, for example, significantly strengthen windows through specific glazing processes, increasing their resistance to impacts and making it difficult to see from the outside in. Hardware can also be installed on the frame so the window is harder to open from the outside.
6. You Don’t Ask the Right Questions
When it comes to window installation, you need to ask the right questions of a potential contractor, so you don’t spend years regretting your choice. Ask, for example: What type of warranty comes with windows? How often do the windows need repainting? What is the U-factor and R-value of the replacement windows? And finally, how much light do these windows let in?
For the right window installation advice, and the best work, call us for a free replacement windows consultation. Serving Ann Arbor and Detroit areas, John McCarter Construction offers superior workmanship, products and service.