One of the home improvement projects that you plan on pursuing has to do with installing new windows. Whether you’re thinking of opting for standard windows or branching out with some sort of custom windows, it pays to think through some of the basics before setting a start date. Consider each of the following carefully. As you do, the foundation for the window replacement project will begin to take shape.
What do You Like About the Current Windows?
Even if the windows are getting old and don’t work all that well, there’s likely something about them that you like. Maybe it’s the number of panes in each sash. Perhaps it’s the amount of light that the windows allow into each room. The detail of the window casing may be something that you enjoy a lot.
Make a list of the qualities that you like about those windows. You’ll want to consider those features as you begin to look at replacements.
What do You Hate About the Current Windows?
Even as you identify characteristics that you like about each window, spend some time identifying the things that you can’t stand. Maybe you don’t like the fact that only one sash can be moved. It could be that you were never a fan of roll-out windows at all and can’t wait to get rid of them.
Write down everything about the current windows that you hate. You’ll want to make sure those features are left out of any new windows chosen for the home.
Are You Open to Considering a Different Style?
There are likely several different window styles that would work well with your home’s design. Why not explore each one and consider how they would fit in with your personal preferences? If you’re not sure how to identify possible styles, you can bet that a window contractor will be happy to make some recommendations.
Consider everything from appearance to function. After all, the goal is to install new windows that allow you to open and close them with ease while also making the place look better and become more energy efficient. With that in mind, you may find that sliding windows designed to fit snugly in position are just what you need.
Would You Like the Idea of Different Materials?
It never hurts to compare the merits of different window materials. Even if you own a home that was built several decades ago, it’s possible to opt for materials that were not around at that time. For example, the current windows are made using wood. That’s fine if you’re happy with that. If not, learn more about what aluminum or vinyl would provide in the way of function, ease of maintenance, energy efficiency, and appearance. There’s a chance that one of these other options would provide everything that you want and maybe a few more benefits.
Should You Go for Double or Triple Pane Glass?
The choice of window glass is definitely something that you want to look at closely. While it’s hard to find any contractor who will install single pane glass these days, it’s still out there. You want to stay away from that option for two reasons: local codes likely don’t allow for single pane glass to be used, and it’s not a good choice in terms of energy efficiency.
Double pane glass is often used in residential window replacement projects. This type of glass helps to minimize the transference of heat and cold through the glass. That makes it easier to heat and cool the interior using less energy. If you want to enjoy the best results in terms of insulation and noise reduction, triple-pane glass is the way to go.
Will You Need Standard Sizes or Custom Ones?
When you talk with a contractor, the subject of standard sizes or custom sizing will come up. Depending on the age of your home, some of the windows may be slightly larger or smaller than others. If your house is close to a century old, it’s not outside the realm of possibility that every window in the place is slightly different in dimensions. This is true even if a casual glance would lead you to think they are all the same size.
A contractor can measure the windows and tell you if standard windows could be used with some minor adaptations. In some cases, you may be able to use standard sizes for most of the new windows and only need two or three custom-sized windows.
There’s more to consider before the first old window is removed, but these points will help you get started. Work closely with a contractor and make sure every aspect of the project is addressed upfront. Doing so will help prevent unnecessary delays and ensure that you’re happy with the results.