New windows for your home can bring many benefits along with them. The most immediate benefit is the improvement in your home’s aesthetic. Then there is, of course, the biggest benefit and the main reason many homeowners decide to upgrade their windows in the first place - improved energy efficiency. New windows can save you hundreds of dollars each year on your energy bill by reducing the amount of air that comes into your home from old drafty windows, the less air that gets into your home, the less your air conditioner or heater has to work. However, when homeowners shop around for new windows, they aren’t always sure what to look out for and in turn, they tend to make some mistakes due to just going off of their intuition. Throughout this article, we are going to touch on some of the mistakes that homeowners make when buying new windows.
Going with a Cheap OptionThis is one of the largest and most common mistakes homeowners make when purchasing new windows. You get what you pay for - while it may seem like a tired saying, it is very true and is something that all homeowners should take into consideration when picking out their new windows. It may seem that paying extra on windows is needless. However, there is more to windows than just some plastic, glass, and metal strategically placed. When you purchase high-quality windows you’re also getting great features like low-e coatings, double or triple-pane glass to improve energy efficiency, and quality locks for better security. It is important to note that windows with energy-efficient features will end up saving you money every year on your energy bills which could end up paying off the price difference of the more expensive window option. Also, cheap windows will need to be replaced before long while high-quality windows can last a lifetime. However, the highest price tag doesn’t always mean the best window so always be sure to do your research.
Not Doing ResearchGoing back to the final point made in the first entry, do your research. Not doing the proper research will make it difficult to find out which windows are the best for your home. Each window has different positives and negatives so knowing what would work best for you is a must. Not knowing what windows will work best for your situation could end in an impulsive decision that may end up costing you a lot of money before long. Some of the things you need to consider and research when choosing a window are:
- What types of warranties are available
- How much maintenance will the window require
- Details on the U-factors and R-value of a window
- The amount of light the window will allow in
- What energy-efficient features does the window come with
- How many years of experience do they have?
- Is there a workmanship warranty on the installation?
- Is the contractor licensed and insured
- Ask for a referral from past clients
- What is the typical timeline of installations?
- Does the company hire subcontractors?