Your windows play a pivotal role in helping you control the light and temperature within the spaces of your home. But like all other things man-made, windows too come with their fair share of problems and a limited lifespan, which may lead you to the decision of replacing them at some point in time. At Hynes Construction, we understand the decision to replace windows is not exactly an easy one to make for a lot of homeowners. It’s why we’re bringing you this quick read with 5 essential things to consider before you take that step.
1. Repairs could save you the need for replacement
Your old windows may not insulate your home as well as before or stay as silent as they used to while on the job, but these still may not be good enough reasons to replace them. Hire a carpenter to replace broken panes, necessary hardware and glazing and along with the addition of some weather-stripping, your old windows will wind up nearly as efficient as a new set.
2. Think about maintenance
The adage ‘Old is Gold’ still makes sense when it comes to a lot of products, especially windows made of wood. Because the wood windows of today are based on lumber that’s farmed quickly and not grown slowly, they do not have the same degree of weather resistance as the good old windows of the past. This means, there are very good chances of rot setting in earlier with the wood versions of today. In other words, be prepared for higher maintenance costs when going in for pure wood windows.
3. Windows impact your home’s value
According to the National Association of Realtors’ 2016 Cost Versus Value study, homeowners get about 73% of their replacement window investment back, when they resell the house. So if you’re going in for a replacement, make sure the product you choose matches the look and quality of your original windows. Because a compromise in quality – say choosing vinyl over wood, will cause a drop in the value of your home’s price.
4. Do it in stages and not all at once
If you have a budget that’s free of restraints, a complete replacement all at once would make sense. However, the conventional recommendation would be to carry out your window replacement in stages – start with the front, move to the back and then head upstairs. Also remember, once you order 10 or more windows, your cost per window will remain the same.
5. The best time to replace your windows
The process of having your windows removed can impact your home’s temperature. So ideally, the warmer months – spring, summer and early fall, would be a good time to get your window work done without feeling any discomfort within your home. However, if you want to save some money and don’t mind withstanding the cold temporarily, then a replacement during winter would be a good idea.
We trust the points listed above will help you if you’re in the process of considering a replacement of your existing wood windows. If you’re looking for a local contractor with the expertise and resources to offer wood window replacement, window replacement services or fiberglass windows replacement give us a call. We’re Hynes Construction, and we’re recognized for our experience of over four decades that sets the bar in quality, reliability and fair pricing in the home improvement industry. With our wide range of services that covers everything from roofs to windows, we’d be happy to give your window replacement project a touch of Hynes excellence.