A part of being a responsible homeowner is replacing your windows when necessary. However, more important, is choosing the right type of replacement windows. A number of homeowners make common mistakes that might not necessarily affect them in the short-term, but definitely cause issues in the long-term. Ensure you're selecting the right windows for today and the future; know what mistakes to avoid.
Doing a One-for-One Swap
You don't have to install new windows that are of the same form as your existing windows. Failing to at least research and consider other options is a mistake. Take a home with traditional, double-hung windows, for instance. Replacing the old windows with new double-hung options is fine, but a casement style window could actually yield greater energy efficiency. Look beyond what you currently have installed to find the replacement style offering the greatest benefit.
Leading with Price
Money still hasn't started growing on trees, so wise financial choices are still important when shopping for replacement windows. Just don't lead with price. When a window is shockingly inexpensive, poor quality is sometimes not far behind. Don't make cost the only factor. It's helpful to share your budget concerns with the replacement specialist so that they can help you choose a window in your price range, but also of good quality.
Overlooking Life-Cycle Maintenance and Cost
New windows are a home improvement task designed to last for a number of years. Make sure you're considering the maintenance and cost responsibilities that come with owning the type of window you're selecting. Say you're looking to install new windows with a wood frame, but you live in a climate with high humidity levels. In this case, you need to be prepared for the upkeep that will come along with protecting the wood from rotting, so make certain you're factoring in this cost.
Not Understanding Your Home's Needs
Window needs can vary based on their location around your home. Don't assume you need the same window style for every area. Take a home with high sun exposure on one side and practically no sun exposure on the other side, for instance. The side facing the sun will need windows with a greater U-value than the side without exposure. Make sure you aren't making just one selection, but rather several selections based on the particular function that window needs to serve.
Making an effort to avoid these mistakes will ensure you choose window replacements appropriately, that they are better suited to meet your needs, and that they last longer. Make certain you are choosing wisely.