4 Common Window Replacement Mistakes to Avoid
Touted as one of the most rewarding home improvement options in terms of value,window replacement is a great investment for the smart homeowner. Aside from improved aesthetics, it can also help you reduce energy consumption inside your home – and further protect your property against bad weather.
The“2014 Cost vs. Value Report”releasedby Remodeling Magazinedemonstrates that most major window replacement projects in the U.S. averaged between $10,000 and $17,000.Ensureyou get the most of your investmentby recognizing these common pitfalls.
Improper cost calculation. What many homeowners fail to realize is that window expenses don’t stop after installation. Life cycle costs – including cleaning and painting, maintenance and energy use – should also be factored into your budget as well.
In my experience, window materials with the lowest initial costs don’t prove to be the best investment over the years. Bargainwindows may become harder to operate over time and allow for a great deal of energy loss.
It is also worth noting that there is no such thing as maintenance-free. Maintenance is necessary and knowing how to care for your window products after they are installed has a great bearing on their functionality.
Ignoring the possibilities.Many homeowners replace their windows with the same type of glass, frame, style and design. While it is true that you can save when you stick with the basics, you may also miss out on the advantages of new features and technologies. Low-E coatings, for example, can enhance the comfort inside your home while curbing some of the energy costs.
Poor design and positioning. Improper design can also mess up your window replacement. The Efficient Windows Collaborative™ recommends considering daylighting, ventilation and fresh air when choosing windows. In addition, discuss with your contractor how to position the windows in such a way that they do not allow unwanted heat gain or loss, drafts or air leaks.
Wrong contractor choice.Finally, choosing the wrong contractor can significantly hinder your chances of a fully satisfactory window replacement experience. This is why it is recommended that you do your research first before signing a contract. Little things such as scheduling a consultation, verifying references and reading online reviews can do a lot to protect your investment – and ensure that it is one you can enjoy for a long time.
Anthony Valiant is proud to be a third-generation owner of Valiant Home Remodeling, a family-run business that has provided high-quality home improvement solutions to Central New Jersey since 1956. He takes a personal interest in making each client’s home more beautiful and more functional.