Replace Your Homes Windows This Spring: Tips for Getting Started
The start of spring means the days get longer and the weather is warming up. It’s no surprise that spring is such a popular time for home improvement projects because you want to be outside preparing your home for the summer months. If replacing your home’s windows is on your to-do list this year, here are some tips to help you get the process started.
Start Planning Early
Windows can be replaced at almost any time in the year, but early spring is a great time to tackle the project. In early spring, there are fewer bugs, warmer weather, and longer days to make the project run smoothly. First, determine if you will replace all your windows or just some. This might depend on the condition of the window, how old they are, and the budget you have. Due to lead time challenges, it’s important to plan ahead and order your windows well in advance of starting the project.
Find a Contractor
Unless you have experience in window replacement, when it comes time for the job, you will want to hire a contractor who is experienced in replacement window and door installation. Read reviews online and meet with a few different contractors to get quotes. Asking friends and family for referrals is also a good way to find someone you can trust to do the job. Make sure you are honest and realistic about what you are looking for in a contractor and a timeline for the project.
Depending on how many windows are being replaced, the installation could take anywhere from a few days to a couple of weeks. If you have other home projects you are planning for the spring, discuss those with the contractor as well. Your contractor may be able to complete multiple projects back-to-back. If you are planning to make system upgrades in your home something to consider is the cost of a home warranty. This can be beneficial and cost-saving down the road. The last step with your contractor is to make sure to see copies of their insurance and fully read over any contracts before signing.
Research Window Types
There are many types of windows to choose from. This article helps show you what qualities to look for when picking out window types. Work with your contractor to figure out what styles will fit best in your home. Double-hung windows and energy-efficient windows are popular among homeowners today. Energy-efficient windows help keep the cool air in your home or the heat from escaping. These types of windows can save on energy bills. If going this route, you want to look for the options that are Energy Star certified. When choosing your window style, you need to consider the aesthetic you want in your home. If you are looking to add more natural light, this will determine what type of window you choose. You will also need to consider any specialty size windows like in the kitchen or hallways.
Enjoy Your New Windows
The feeling of having new windows in your home is amazing! You have not only increased your home’s value but have made the space fresh and new. There are a few things you can do after your windows have been replaced to help your finances and to maintain the quality of your new windows. First, if you choose energy-efficient upgrades you will want to look at the tax benefits available to you. One last way to protect your investment is with a window warranty. Windows can weather a substantial amount of wear and tear. Read about what is covered with your new windows and any important details.
By following these steps, you will not only have new windows but will have made a quality investment in your home. Now you can sit back and enjoy summer and check “new windows” off of your to-do list!