If you want to get the best possible replacement windows for the budget you have available, thorough research is a must. Not only will it ensure you get the best value for money, but it will also help you to stay well clear of scams and poor quality products. But where do you start? What questions do you need the answers to? Selecting new windows for your property isn’t a decision you have to make every day, and it’s decision that you will probably have to live with for 10-15 years (or hopefully longer) and the process can be particularly overwhelming if you have never been through it before.
Weather Pro Windows & Doors has years of industry experience and our goal is to use our expertise to help each and every client that approaches us, whether a first time buyer or a long-time homeowner who has done it all before, to find the perfect replacement windows that meet all their needs. Here are the top questions we recommend you think about before making a decision.
Do I have to replace all my windows at the same time?
No. That’s the simple answer. A professional window installer will typically install anything from a single window to a re-fit of the entire property. Here are a few things you need to keep in mind though. When a contractor replaces all the windows at your property in one go, it’s far more time efficient than coming out to your property on numerous occasions to fit one or a few windows at a time. And because it takes them less time, the cost to you is lower. If you do only replace a few at a time you also have to consider the difference in appearance between your old and new windows. Even if you want to keep a similar style it could prove difficult to find an exact match, and any noticeable difference could give your house a very uncoordinated look. We understand that new windows require a sizable investment and we often work with clients who don’t have the budget to buy replacement windows for their entire house in one go, and in this scenario we recommend you have them replaced in sections, i.e. the front of the house first, then the back or the side etc. Start with the windows that are in the worst condition.
What material will best suit my local climate?
Window frames are exposed to the elements year round and the kind of conditions they will have to endure need to be considered. How cold does it get in winter? How warm does it get in summer? Does your local area receive a considerable amount of rainfall each year? After you have worked that out, you need to look at the characteristics of each of the available materials and see which one matches up best. For example, wood frames are not a good choice for climates that either have significant shifts in temperature or a high level of humidity, as these conditions both cause the wood to warp. Vinyl windows are generally a good choice in colder climates, although they can be prone to cracking in extremely low temperatures, while aluminium frames equipped with low-e glass are one of the better options for warmer climates.
How much money can I spend on replacement windows?
While this isn’t something you need an expert for, it’s important to ask yourself this question at the start of the process to avoid making huge mistakes later on. replacement windows are a big commitment and you need to be fully aware of what you can, and what you can’t afford at this point in time. At the same time, don’t try to save money if you can afford to buy higher quality windows, as the savings you make in the long run through lower energy costs will far outweigh the initial investment.
Which windows represent the best option in terms of energy efficiency?
When looking for replacement windows it’s vital you look for windows that not only look good aesthetically, but that are also energy efficient. As you well know, energy costs are constantly rising, and by selecting new windows with a high energy efficiency rating you could potentially save hundreds of dollars every year. There are a number of factors that can affect a window’s energy efficiency rating, including: the material used to construct the window frame, the type and number of glass panels, the insulation filling used and the type of hardware that is installed. All windows now have to meet a minimum standard, but look out for those that bear the Energy Star symbol, as this means that the window meets or exceeds higher levels of energy efficiency.
How long can I realistically expect my windows to last?
One common mistake many homeowners fall victim to is the belief that all windows are the same. And therefore every window will have roughly the same lifespan — right? Wrong! Windows are like everything else; there are various grades of quality, from poor quality through to extremely high quality. While it’s true that you could save a significant amount of money by selecting a lower quality window, don’t expect them to last anywhere near as long as a higher end option. The actual lifespan of your windows obviously depends on a number of factors, but all types of replacement windows that Weather Pro Windows & Doors sell can be expected to last a minimum of 10-20 years.
What warranty do you offer on your windows?
When making enquiries with a windows installation company, as well as seeking advice to determine the best type of replacement windows for your property, you also need to learn about the warranty they come with. Less reputable companies use clever wording in the small print to misguide prospective clients and make them believe they are getting something they are not. We never do this and always encourage you to read all the small print before committing to a purchase; it could save you a great deal of hassle further down the line if something goes wrong.
Choosing the right replacement windows isn’t easy, but we are here to help. With extensive knowledge about all types of windows and doors, we are the people to call. Get in touch with us today for a free consultation or for further information relating to the products we offer.
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About Weather Pro Windows & Doors
Weather Pro Windows & Doors has years of industry experience and our goal is to use our expertise to help each and every client that approaches us, whether a first time buyer or a long-time homeowner, to find the perfect windows and doors that meet all their needs. We specialize in Replacement Windows, Vinyl Windows, Entry Doors, Exterior Doors and Patio Doors. Weather Pro Windows and Doors proudly serves the Calgary, Edmonton and Winnipeg areas. Visit us on Google+.