If you are considering replacing your windows, it will take more than just going to the nearest store to find replacements. You will need to take into consideration a number of things in order to get the right replacement possible for your home.
The first step is to know the measurements of the window space so that the replacement will fit right in. If you are off even by a little, then you’ll have to take your window replacement back to the store. For windows, using a tape measure is better than a square because if you get the exact measurements for both the top and bottom, then it is square.
After getting the right measurements, here are a few important things that you’ll want to consider when searching for replacement windows.
Energy Efficient: Having windows that are more energy efficient means that they transmit less of the sun’s heat into your home during the summer and out of your home during the winter, which will keep your electricity bills down. Triple pane windows are very energy efficient as they effectively prevent the heat transfer.
Safety: Any glass window that is adjacent to a door or in the bathroom needs to be tempered so that if the worst should happen and it breaks, the result will be blunt pieces instead of sharp edges. Keep this in mind for any window that is more vulnerable to being broken.
Drip Cap: A drip cap can prevent your window from being ruined if there is any air leaks at the top. Be sure to install a drip cap at the top of your window and then fit the sliding over it for maximum protection. Otherwise, your window will be vulnerable and may be ruined by the leak.
New Trim: Even if the old trim is still in decent shape, it pays to get new trim for your replacement windows. This is because the older trim may be damaged in ways that you cannot easily see, so instead start fresh with new trim.
Functionality: Whether you choose storm windows or the standard fare, you’ll want them to be functional for easy maintenance. For example, windows that tilt inwards are far easier to clean. Keep that in mind when you are shopping for new windows.
Use Insulation Materials to Fill the Cracks: Unless it is an absolutely perfect fit, you’ll want to fill any space or cracks with fiberglass or expanding foam insulating materials. In this manner, you can then prevent easy heat transfer in your home. Once you have placed the insulating materials, use a candle near the window and check for any drafts.
If you do not feel confident in replacing the windows yourself, hire the professionals who can get the job done right. Whether you choose a handyman or professional installers, it is much better to install your new windows correctly the first time. This means that your new windows will last much longer and work better towards protecting your home.