Whether you’re planning on having new windows installed in the future or you’re just browsing your options, you likely have questions about your potential purchase. However, you should also remember that unless you go into your “window shopping” with an excellent plan, it’s easy to make critical mistakes. These errors could drive up your price, cause problems after your new windows are installed, or more.
Finding Your New Windows
You’ll definitely be able to tell when it’s time for new windows. Maybe your old ones are damaged, warped, or simply outdated. But don’t make the problem worse! Here are several common mistakes to avoid as you shop for new windows.
- Keeping the same type of window
- Attempting DIY window installation
- Not considering security
- Not considering warranties
- Choosing a contractor on price only
1) Keeping the Same Type of Window
You don’t have to replace your old windows with identical designs or models. You don’t have to replace your old windows with identical designs or materials. In fact, now is the time to consider how to increase the curb appeal of your home with new designs, colors, and materials. A great place to start may be our gallery to spark new ideas and inspiration that allow you to increase the value of your home, all while improving your energy efficiency, too!
2) Attempting DIY Window Installation
DIY is a popular way to pass the time and build up your handyman skills. However, when it comes to window installation, DIY is a bad idea. The average homeowner or handyman does not have the experience or equipment required to properly size, install or seal a new window which can cause leaks and ruin the new window’s efficiency. Let your local window contractor handle the job for you and ensure your windows last for years to come.
3) Not Considering Security
According to ADT Security, the second most common way burglars break into a home is through a first-story window. Homeowners may forget to lock the window or come home to find it broken. Many windows from Custom Windows include automatic locks and we can add control devices to limit how much the window will open and we can even use impact certified glass to minimize the chance of break-ins.
4) Not Considering Warranties
What kind of warranty does your window contractor offer? The best kind of warranty to aim for is a lifetime manufacturer’s warranty that covers parts, labor, and glass breakage. This type of guarantee provides you with the most coverage and protection in case something goes wrong.
Pro Tip: If your windows aren’t installed correctly, your manufacturer’s warranty could be voided. Get in touch with our window experts to ensure long-term quality.
5) Choosing a Contractor on Price Only
Finally, find a window contractor with a proven record of providing long-term value and service to their customers. Some warning signs include a contractor who has not been in business for 10 or more years, one whose pricing seems to be far lower than competitors, or a dealer who insists on you ‘signing today’ to get a special discount. Work with someone who has decades of experience, provides fair pricing, and gives you all of the information and time that you need to make the right choice for your home.
Choosing the Right Windows
Without a base knowledge of home renovation and window types, choosing your new windows or glass doors can seem a little overwhelming. Fortunately, it doesn’t have to be. Find a contractor you can trust to help you make the best decision for your home and budget.
Connect with us to learn more about upgrading your home’s windows.