Replacing windows is one of the most common home improvement projects. You’ll need to consider many factors when shopping, such as each window’s design, material, and placement. All of these factors affect your up-front costs.
Check for Energy Efficiency
According to Josh Ramsey, Renewal by Andersen’s Midwest regional training manager, one of the biggest reasons homeowners replace their windows is to increase energy efficiency in rooms with poor temperature regulation.
Though more costly than standard windows, energy-efficient windows help you save money on your energy bills. The U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) and the Environmental Protection Agency’s (EPA) joint program, Energy Star, reports that replacing clear-glass, single-pane windows in a single-story, 2,000-square-foot home with new Energy Star-certified windows can save you $101 to $583 per year.
Windows certified by the National Fenestration Rating Council (NFRC) have a label that helps you compare energy-efficient windows on key metrics including the U-factor, solar heat gain coefficient, visible transmittance, and air leakage. Check out the NFRC’s website for more information on these factors and what to look for.
Vet Window Installers
Finding a reputable professional window installer will ensure your project is completed properly, safely, and efficiently. Many major window manufacturers provide networks of installers certified to work with their products. Using a contractor recommended by your window brand prevents problems later on, because the manufacturer can’t blame the installer for issues or vice versa. We recommend getting multiple free quotes and checking the American Window and Door Institute to ensure your installer is certified.
Your pricing estimate should include specifics such as the window brand and model, number of windows, size, and type, plus any add-on features. Installation details should be noted, and labor and material costs should be broken down separately.
A replacement window company should also help you explore and answer the following questions.
Questions to Ask Yourself
Consider the following when thinking about what window type you need:
- How do I need the window to function?
- What size window is being installed?
- What room are the windows being installed in?
- How will they look in that room?
- Do I want the windows for style, energy efficiency, or both?
Ask these questions about the window’s framing material:
- Do the frames match my home’s style?
- What is the climate around my home?
- How much maintenance do the frames require?
Think about the following questions when choosing a glass type:
- Do I need more energy-efficient glass?
- Do I need weather-resistant glass?
- Do I need noise-reducing glass?