Questions To Ask About Replacement Windows

Questions To Ask About Replacement Windows

Window replacement is a major home renovation project. Each home is unique and has different aesthetic requirements. Windows are also not a one-size-fits-all deal, which is why every homeowner should know which questions to ask about replacement windows beforehand.

To get you started, we’ve put together a helpful starter list of the questions to ask when buying replacement windows—along with the answers. Read on to learn more.

Essential Questions To Ask About Replacement Windows

Before we dive into the essential window replacement questions, there’s one thing you should ask yourself first: Do you need to have your windows replaced?

Aside from simply wanting to update your home, there are a few telltale signs that it’s time to replace your windows:

  • Air leakage that you can feel around them
  • They’ve become difficult to open and close
  • There’s visible condensation between the glass panes
  • They’re beginning to deteriorate physically—for example, the paint around them is peeling, wood is chipping off, etc.

If your windows are exhibiting any of the above signs, it’s time to have them replaced. Here are the essential questions to ask about replacement windows so you can make the right choice.

Do I Have To Replace Them All at the Same Time?

You don’t need to have your windows replaced all at once. However, there are a few things to factor in that will help you make this decision. The primary factor here is your reasoning for wanting—or needing—new windows.

If you’re solely looking to increase your home’s curb appeal, you can get away with replacing the windows in view first. If it’s function rather than style, it’s a good idea to have them all replaced at once.

Which Window Style Should I Choose?

There are plenty of window styles and designs to choose from. One of the main things to consider is how the window operates. For example, the most common window styles are sliding and crank.

Once you’ve chosen whether you want sliding or cranking windows—or both—you can think about the other details. There are all kinds of window styles, including double-hung and single-hung, awning, casement, and picture, to name a few. Each style has a different aesthetic and function.

Ultimately, your choice will come down to the style of your home, which window style matches it best, and your preference for function and operation.

Should I Opt for Low-e Glass?

Low-e glass, or low-emissivity glass, is a filter option for blocking out harmful UV and IR rays. Low-e glass not only protects your family from the sun but also your furniture and other materials that become faded and worn from UV exposure. It can also impact your home’s energy efficiency.

Low-e glass isn’t your only option. But unlike curtains, blinds, and thermal films, Low-e glass won’t obstruct your view.

How Can I Prepare for My Window Replacement?

One thing that people tend to forget is that their professional window installation team needs a little assistance with the preparations. They’ll take care of the measurements, installation, and clean-up, but you’ll need to take care of the following:

  • Remove any decorations, window treatments, shelving, and other valuables that’ll be in the way
  • Disconnect your window alarm systems
  • Move any furniture away from the windows, and cover it with sheets for protection
  • Ensure there’s nothing outdoors that will get in the way, such as patio furniture, hedges, lawn ornaments, etc.
  • Keep everyone, including pets, away from the work area until the job is completed

You’ll also want to show the installation team where all the electrical outlets are and ensure they have ample space to get to them.

Having your windows replaced is one of the most natural and beneficial ways to refresh your home’s look and feel. Knowing the right questions to ask about replacement windows will ensure that you’re making the right choices throughout the entire process.

When you choose Thompson Creek Window Company, you’re choosing the best installation team for the job. We’ll walk you through the entire process, and we’ll help you choose the best replacement windows for your home. Contact us today with all your questions and get a price estimate.