While a lot of people make the wise decision to consider energy efficiency when choosing their new windows and doors, many times they make mistakes that can negate efficiency gains. By avoiding these mistakes, you can make the best choice possible.
1. Going For The Cheapest Window Door Replacement Option
Not all windows are created equal. While it may be easiest to make your decision about home window replacement by looking at the price tag, the truth is that you may end up buying a window that is as ineffective or worse than the one you are replacing.
2. Trying to Replace the Windows without the Help of a Specialist
Unlike other areas of home improvement, window replacement is something that you’ll do maybe once or twice during the time that you own your home. With energy efficiency being a relatively new concept, it’s best to contact the experts to replace home windows.
3. Improperly Installing Your Replacement Windows
Even if you bought the perfect windows for your home, they will not perform properly if they are not correctly installed. Poorly installed windows can have a shorter life span, have difficulty opening or closing, and can dramatically decrease the energy efficiency of your home. Choose technicians that have been properly trained.
4. Opting for Off-Brand Replacement Windows
Whatever window selection you make, choose one of the top, most respected window brands. By buying off-brand windows, you may have a hard time finding those windows or necessary replacement parts in the future.
5. Not Asking Enough Questions
Always ask about the contractor’s reputation. Do they have the proper insurance? Do they have references? Also ask questions about the best windows for your home. How thick should the glass be? How durable are the materials? After all, there are no “stupid questions” or wasted time with research when it’s your money and home on the line. You should feel confident you hired the right company for the job.