Replacing your old windows with new and technologically advanced ones is almost always highly recommended. But how do you do window replacement the right way, avoiding every tiny mistake which later on can cost you more than the replacement itself?
Here are the top things you should know before making this renovation project:
Partial vs. Full Replacement
Usually, if we learn that our windows are damaged or old, we immediately choose full window replacement projects. Homeowners know the importance of high-quality windows and many of them become afraid when faced even with the smallest damage. But each window consists of more parts, and your issue may be solved by a simple partial replacement also known as retrofit.
With only replacing the sash, you get to keep the original look of your windows while also increasing the quality of insulation. In some cases, even the sash can be preserved and the efficiency increased just by upgrading to a better type of glass. Consult with an expert to learn about the true condition of your window and whether you need to do partial or full replacements.
Energy Star Ratings
After you decide on which materials need to be replaced, don’t go rushing to buy the first new ones you find. The main characteristic of a window is its energy efficiency and each one has different ratings and abilities. The higher the Energy Rating the window has, the better the insulation.
Having this rating means that the product has an Energy Star and that it has been tested and certified for high efficiency. You should also mind the characteristics of window glass, so pay attention to glass ratings such as U-value, R-value and VT.
These numbers express the quality of light and heat transmission through a glass:
The Dangers of DIY
Lots of homeowners want to cut down the price and decide to make window replacement a DIY project. This isn’t recommended as even experienced window contractors have asked for a second hand when renovating their own homes. 60% of window damage and poor insulation is due to faulty and unexperienced installations. Buying the best material for your window won’t matter if that material isn’t neatly placed in the opening. Usually, these cases end up in another replacement not long after the first one. Avoid this with at least consulting with a trained expert.
Choose the Right Type of Windows
You may read somewhere: “Casement windows are great for the kitchen and awnings for bathrooms”. Yes, that is generally true, but every home is different and requires different windows. Before you randomly buy 5 awning windows and 3 double-hung, carefully plan where they will placed and always ask yourself the question: “Why do I need them?” Choosing the right window types is a philosophy on its own and the factors you should consider while making that choice are.