Tips for Purchasing Windows for Your Home
Whether you are building a new home or you need to replace the windows in your existing home, the process can be challenging, expensive and time consuming. Therefore, consider the following tips as you choose your window types, manufacturer and installation.
Identify Your Needs
Windows vary significantly. You can purchase windows with wood or vinyl frames, with single or double panes and with specialized coatings. Your climate, structure and lifestyle will all impact the windows you choose. For example, if you live in an area with high winds or hurricanes, you may search for “impact resistant windows West Palm Beach.”
In addition, energy efficiency has become a requirement in today’s households. You may want low-E insulation, gas insulation between panes and a specific Energy Star ® rating. As you choose your window type, style and features, carefully consider these factors.
Like the rest of your home, your windows will require maintenance, so learn about your windows’ maintenance requirements.
Window installation can take several weeks. Not only does your installer need to carefully measure each window and opening before ordering your new windows, but you have to secure permitting to replace the windows. If you are changing the size or dimensions of any of your windows, your contractor may have to build or modify walls, including siding or masonry. Although installation may only take a few days, the windows must still be sealed and trimmed inside and outside to ensure a tight fit.
Choose Your Contractor
First, get estimates from a reputable, local contractors. Make sure they are licensed and have liability and workers’ compensation insurance. Discuss the permitting process. Choose a contractor who is familiar with local building codes and laws. Finally, check their references.
Review the window and installer’s warranties and post-installation services. Make sure your installer’s warranty includes parts and labor, not just product replacement. Be aware of the warranty’s timeline and how you proceed with service calls and warranty claims.
If your windows are leaking, dangerous or a hassle to operate properly, consider investing in new, more energy efficient windows.