If you’re planning on installing new windows soon, take the time to consider a few things beyond the window design, grilles, colors and hardware. Whichever windows you ultimately choose, you will have to live with them for as long as they stay on your home, so you definitely want to sure of your choice. Here we list the important things you should consider before buying replacement windows.
Maintenance – Some windows require more maintenance than others, mainly because of the materials used to manufacture them. Many homeowners make the mistake of choosing a high-maintenance material like bare wood, then neglect to perform periodic inspections and maintenance. If you feel that you won’t have the time or resources to meet high maintenance requirements, consider window frames made with low-maintenance composite materials like our own Fibrex®.
Custom Window Sizes – If some of your home’s current windows happen to be an unusual shape or size, the ability to customize your replacement windows is essential. Window customization allows you to choose virtually any window style you want, without having to hunt for windows that match these sizes. But more importantly, custom windows do not require modifications to the wall opening, which is ideal if you’re trying to preserve as much of the original structure as possible.
Full Frame vs. Insert Installation – There are two ways to replace your windows, depending on the condition of the existing window frame: full-frame installation and insert installation. With full frame installation, everything is replaced, including the window frame. Insert installation, on the other hand, leaves the frame where it is, and only replaces the sashes and molding. The latter costs less, but prior to installation the window contractor must first assess the frame’s condition to make sure it’s sound enough to leave in place.
Overall Energy Efficiency – Quality replacement windows can bring about a dramatic improvement, especially if your old windows were inefficient to begin with, but the actual energy savings achieved by your new windows depends on many factors. If the attic and exterior wall insulation have problems, new windows won’t mean much in terms of energy efficiency. Consider having your home audited by an energy auditor certified by the Building Performance Institute (BPI). After the audit, you will receive a report that includes recommendations on which areas of your home need to be improved or repaired.
To learn more about our replacement windows, including popular styles such as sliding windows, call Renewal by Andersen® of Austin today at (866) 842-3370. You can also fill out our contact form to schedule a free in-home consultation. We serve Georgetown, Texas, and surrounding areas.