Things You Should Know About Replacing Windows

Unless you are in the business of replacing windows, you probably think the whole thing as an enormous chore and have no idea where to start. That’s ok. To help you get a little more informed on the essential points of window replacement, here are a few pointers to remember.

Window Styles and Mechanics

Now is your chance to make some big decisions about your home. Windows can change the look of your house, the average interior temperature, even the mood of a room. You can either stick with windows very much like the old ones, or you can ask yourself a few questions: are the windows easy or difficult to open and close? Do you like the current style of windows on your home? Are there windows from other homes you like better? How do you want the window to open?

Stagger the Replacement Process.

Window replacement is a big project. You don’t have to do it all at once. In some cases it may be cost effective to do so. In other cases, it may be better to go one room at a time.

Don’t Try This at Home (by yourself)

Once again, unless you are a contractor, replacing windows is a complex enough project that you will want to hire a professional. This is not the type of thing that most people can achieve without the proper knowledge, tools, equipment, materials, and help.

Learn the Energy Efficiency Numbers and Lingo

Windows are made differently depending on the climate of the region where it will be installed. Each window has an energy efficiency number assigned to it. Energy efficiency is based on a few different things: U-factor, Solar Heat Gain Co-efficient (SHGC), Visible Transmittance, and Air Leakage.  It’s important to know what these mean because you’ll want different numbers based on where you live. Colder regions will want to get windows with a higher U-factor, whereas hotter, sunnier places will want a higher SHGC. Check out this chart for help deciding what window is best for Idaho residents.

Customized Windows Take Longer

All the elements of a window affect the time (and cost) it takes to produce and installing it. Different glass types, window styles, frame materials, and the number of windows on order are all contributors. Highly customized windows tend to take even a little longer, sometimes up to 4-6 weeks for an order of custom windows to be filled. When you are replacing your windows, be aware of the long term schedule.