What You Should Know Before Replacing Your Windows

Replacing your windows is a great overall investment. Buying new windows can improve the value, beauty, comfort and energy efficiency of your home. However, as this can be a costly investment, it’s a good idea to do your homework to ensure you make a well-informed decision.

Here are 7 things you should consider before purchasing new windows and booking an installation:

1. Replacing your windows will lower your energy costs

By installing new windows you can make your home more energy-efficient. New, modern windows offer better insulation. Insulated window panes provide a tight seal against heat loss keeping your home warm in the winter. This also keeps the temperature cool in the summer by reflecting the heat from the sun outwards. This is important to know as although a window installation can be a big financial cost, upgrading your windows will save you money in your energy bills for years to come.

To ensure, you are choosing energy-efficient windows, make sure your new windows have the ENERGY STAR® certification. This means that it’s a product that is certified as meeting or exceeding energy efficiency specifications through strict guidelines set by the Canadian government.

2. New windows can greatly improve the look and feel of your home

Choosing the right style of windows that best fit your home could potentially change the whole look and feel of your house. You can open up space and bring in more natural light. Or, you can create a more cozy environment for you and your family by eliminating uncomfortable drafts, excessive outside noise, or water leaks.

3. However, sometimes, repairing your windows is a better option

If a small problem with your current windows is why you’re thinking about window replacement, then you may find repairing them to be a better option. There are a few circumstances when repairing is better than replacing. This could be a cracked or broken glass that can be fixed, a caulking or weather-stripping repair that’s needed or a problem with a specific window part such as the crank.

4. There are many types of windows available, that offer different benefits

No two houses are the same so just because a certain type of window is the most popular choice, does not mean that it’s the right choice for your home. Some types of windows are best for air circulation whilst others are great at bringing in more natural light.

You may also want to install different windows in different rooms. A beautiful bay window may open up your living room but it’s not going to provide the privacy you need in your bathroom. Therefore, make sure you are aware of the different styles of windows that are available, the pros and cons of each style, and which rooms of the house they are most suited to.

5. Be sure your installers are a trusted, honest company

It’s not always easy to know who you can trust when it comes to renovating your home. However, there are a few things you can look out for to find some peace for mind. Check online reviews for the company you have chosen as well as their Google rating. This will help you understand other people’s experiences with them.

Also, check if they have been awarded any recognitions such as Three Best Rated® acknowledgement. This recognition is given to Canadian organizations that embody excellent customer service and demonstrate their expertise in the exterior remodelling sector through strong industry knowledge, project management, and a diverse client and work portfolio.

6. Know what your warranty is

Many window manufacturers will offer a “lifetime” warranty but the definition of “lifetime” can vary widely. Therefore check what the warranty covers. For example, Weaver Exteriors offers a unique lifetime warranty on all Barrie windows which covers all window components including insulated glass, window frames, and window sashes. It also covers hardware and accidental glass breakage. The Weaver Lifetime Warranty is fully transferable and comes at no additional charge. Getting clear on what is covered in your warranty from the beginning will save you a lot of potential stress and unexpected costs in the future.

7. Trust your instincts and don’t feel pressured

Most reputable companies should offer you a free quote with no obligations. You should feel free to shop around different companies to weigh up your options before making your decision, without feeling pressured.

Finally, trust your instincts. Choose a company you have confidence in and an expert that values your home as much as you do.

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