We’ve often said that the most expensive home improvement project is the one you pay for twice. This is especially true when it comes to the installation of new house windows. That’s because there’s an array of features to consider including style, manufacturer, and installation. Because our company has installed thousands of windows in the Twin Cities and Western Wisconsin, we know a thing or two about the flawless execution of home window replacement. Here are the key details a homeowner should know before getting started on this type of project.
Window Style: Just because a preexisting window was a casement window does not mean it cannot be swapped out for another style, such as a double hung. When you’re meeting with prospective window contractors, ask for their feedback on whether or not your home could be improved by updating the window style in any given room.
Full Frame vs Insert Window Replacement: If you’re getting window installation estimates and are questioning why one is substantially higher than the others, it’s likely that one contractor is offering full frame window installation and the other is offering insert window replacement. Insert window replacement is the cheaper option because it does not require the use of insulation, flashing tape, or new framing. However, insert window replacement does not allow the window contractor to inspect for water damage and make necessary repairs. In addition, insert window replacement does not allow the homeowner to make changes to the window’s style.
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Window Installation & Rot by Rookies: Home window replacement shouldn’t be entrusted to just any contractor. Strive to hire an expert that has favorable online reviews and can show examples of completed work. Inexperienced window contractors can skimp on window caulking or incorrectly install window flashing, which can lead to wood rot around your windows. This issue is not immediately detectable but can have long-term implications for your wallet and health.
Custom vs. Stock Windows: Stock windows are mass produced in common sizes and custom windows are specifically manufactured for the rough opening they are being installed in. When possible, it’s wise to invest in custom windows to ensure a true fit. As homes age, foundation shifts can change the window opening size. It’s also possible that a contractor made adjustments to the plans of your home and made accommodations to fit the home’s original windows in, making stock windows a risky choice.
Window Condensation: While it can be tempting to assume that window condensation is the result of poor-quality house windows, the origin is more complicated than that. In fact, home humidity can be the true culprit. In the winter months, the home’s humidity levels should be lowered to ensure that window condensation does not take place. Condensation can lead to mold, mildew, and ill health effects. A reputable window contractor can verify why window condensation is occurring.
Replacing Windows & Siding at the Same Time: When possible, it’s wise to replace your home’s windows and siding at the same time. This allows for optimum results and can save the homeowner money since caulking and sealing the window openings, trim, and siding joints only need to occur once, reducing the cost of labor.