New windows for your home requires quite a bit of planning and more than a few decisions. Knowing the initial steps in the process can help things progress smoothly.
A professional assessment is the first part of the process. The installer will inspect all of the windows in your home to determine the exact problems that necessitate a replacement. For example, issues that affect all windows could be age, poor insulation, or damaged window frames. In some cases, only a few windows may have issues, such as broken glass or frame damage.
Your next step is to determine a budget, as this will guide all future decisions. Your installer will likely provide you with a few different quotes that cover different installation and replacement options. This will give you an initial point of comparison to help you begin to put together a workable budget. There are window options available to fit most budgets.
3. Project Scope
Scope can vary depending on the budget and your preferences. For example, will you have all of the windows replaced at the same time, or only replace those that are damaged and must be replaced? If the windows are working but outdated, you may opt to replace only those that are visible on the front of the home. In some cases where the frames are still in excellent shape, you may be able to forego a complete replacement and only replace the sashes and glass.
4. Replacement Options
Once you have determined budget and scope, you can begin shopping for the two main replacement window options. Pocket windows, also called insert windows, utilize the existing trim and frame. Essentially, they are a sash and glass combination that slides into the old window frame. These are a budget-friendly replacement option if you have standard-size windows. Full replacement is the traditional window option that consists of the whole window assembly, including the frame and trim.
5. Style Choices
Style choices include the type of frame material, as well as the pane layers and opening style of the window. Frame material options are typically wood, vinyl, or metal, with vinyl and metal requiring the least maintenance. Pane layers, such as single or double pane, refers to both the number of glass layers and the insulation qualities of the window, with more panes generally meaning greater insulation. As for opening style, you will have many choices from sliding casement windows to those that swing open.
Contact a window installation company to learn more.