Signs You Need To Change Your Existing Windows
- There are drafts in your house during the winter months when all the windows are closed tight
- Window painting and repair have become impossible due to cracks, peeling, and rot.
- You have difficulty opening or closing windows.
- Your home is drafty despite having made other repairs and adjustments over the years
- Your window glass is cold in any room of your house in winter, indicating that outside air is leaking into your home.
Changing Windows in Your Home
- The frame
- The glass
- The hardware
A Step-by-Step Guide to Changing Windows in Your Home
- Measure the size of your window frames, recording the height and width of each frame to make sure replacement windows fit perfectly.
- Choose replacement windows that match the style and design of your home. If you live in an older home, experts may recommend retro-style windows to help maintain its original look. If you have a newer home, modern replacement windows, such as vinyl windows, can give it more curb appeal while keeping energy costs low and improving overall comfort.
- When installing replacement windows, most professionals will do so from inside the home so that no exterior elements require removal or modification during installation. This will ensure a quick and easy installation process.
- Some windows (e.g., sash windows) may need sash removal from the window frame. The technicians will unscrew or pry off the interior wooden stops to remove the lower sash, ensuring that the stops don’t break.
- If the window frame had aluminum or vinyl jamb liners, the technicians would use a flat bar to remove them, leaving the interior and exterior casings intact.
- Next, they will patch existing cracks or holes and scrape off loose paint. Then, they will sand the jambs and prime and paint surfaces.
- The window replacement technicians will remove the sash weights and insulate the window frame if the sash weights are still there.
- The technicians will prep the frame for insulation with foam or fibreglass and apply elastomeric caulk to the inner blind stops/exterior casings and sides of the window frame.
- Once all these steps are complete, the team will proceed with the final stage of the window installation, ensuring that no gaps are present between the frame and the glass pane.
Choosing a Reputable Window Replacement Company
- Franchised or corporate operations like The Home Depot, Andersen, Pella, and Empire offer products from various manufacturers or their own brands.
- Local window replacement companies tend to have one manufacturer’s product line. They can often recommend the best window for your needs, but they may not be able to offer many choices.
- Get at least three written estimates for price comparison. These estimates should point out exactly which windows need replacing.
- Consider off-brand and name-brand windows; you may get a better deal with off-brand windows.
- Consider getting double-pane windows for higher energy efficiency. You might also consider getting single-hung or double-hung windows, depending on the design of your home.
- Choose window materials carefully, depending on your house and location (weather). Vinyl windows are a great choice as they offer a wide range of modern styles and designs. Aluminum windows are highly durable but have lower energy efficiency than vinyl or wood. Wood windows are extremely stylish but susceptible to rot and termite infestation.