Window replacement doesn’t just serve an aesthetic purpose. Old windows can leave your home more exposed to the elements, including uncomfortable shifts in temperature. This can leave you with higher energy bills. On top of that, old windows can pose a general security risk for you and your family. So, what steps should you take today if you need your windows replaced?
Consider Repairs Instead
The first step should be to reassess whether you actually need replacement windows. In some cases, old windows can simply be repaired. And this approach can save you money compared to a complete replacement.
A few reasons to look into window repair include:
- Cracked glass
- Stuck sash
- Damaged pane
- Old and ineffective weather stripping
On the other hand, if windows have structural issues or are prone to leaking, you should consider a full replacement. In addition, windows that seem to accumulate condensation within the glass itself should probably be replaced. When in doubt, talk with a window specialist to determine whether a repair or replacement is the best option.
Consider If You Can Replace It Yourself
Some people have the carpentry skills and tools to replace a window. You’ll need to be very comfortable working with tools such as a caulk gun and power drill. Another thing to consider is that not all windows have the same installation process. For example, an insert window is easier to handle than a full-frame window. The number of windows that need to be replaced is another factor. Replacing several windows can be time consuming.
If you’re not sure if you’re up to this DIY task, watch a few tutorials. You might find that the project is more (or less) difficult than you think. If installation isn’t completed correctly, you might end up experiencing costly problems, such as severe leaks.
Reach Out to the Pros
If you’ve decided that the DIY route isn’t right for you, it’s time to reach out to the experts. Contact a Denver window replacement company by phone or through an official website. Try to schedule a free consultation, so they can assess the scope of the project and give you an estimate.
You can also inquire about the different types of replacement options. Products that meet energy star criteria, such as windows by Amerimax, offer the most energy savings. You can also find these types of windows in almost any style to suit your home.
Prepping for Installation
Once you schedule an appointment with a window installation company, you’ll need to take a few steps to prep your space. Remove any window accessories, such as curtains, so the window installers have easy access to the window. You might also need to move some furniture out of the way to give the workers more space.
Have a security system connected to the windows? The sensors will need to be disconnected and then reinstalled when the project is over. Taking these steps beforehand ensures the installation process moves as smoothly as possible.