WorriedIf you are considering or ready to buy replacement windows, you may find yourself getting overwhelmed with all the options. There are many different window styles, and options like glass coatings to choose from. You also have to consider settling on a window manufacturer, and a reputable installer.

While the process may seem overwhelming at first, it’s really not. But, homeowners can still make some (avoidable) mistakes.

To help make the process as pleasant as possible, and to help make sure you get the perfect windows for your home, we have identified three common mistakes to stay clear of as you’re making your selection.

1. Not Asking Enough Questions About How Your Replacement Windows will be Installed.

Window installationIt’s likely you may feel a bit anxious about the installation of your new windows, as replacing windows means there will be some disruption to the daily activities that take place in your home. Different window installers may have a slightly different process, and you will want to be fully informed of their project process.

To ease your worries and feel more confident, make sure you’re aware of your window specialist’s installation process by asking the right questions.

The installation process can vary by specialist, you’ll want to know what to expect so you can trust your specialist to get the job done like he or she explained it, and with minimal disruption in your home.

2.  Replacing your windows with the exact same type or style.

If you’re not sure how to order replacement windows it’s easy to simply order the exact same type of home window you already have. It’s what you are used to. Consider other replacement window options both for design reasons, but also for functional reasons.

When you are filling an existing window opening in your home, there are a variety of window styles that could be configured to replace it. For instance, you may currently have a Double-Hung window, but if you want increased energy efficiency you may want to replace it with a Casement style instead. By taking a little extra time to do some due diligence, you’ll make an informed decision and select the windows that not only fit your opening but also fit your preferences and style for your home.

3. Choosing a Window based solely on price

Replacing windows is a purchase you will only have to make once or twice in your lifetime. Just as you invest in durable doors and locks to ensure safety and security for you and your family, the same mindset should be used when you buy replacement windows.Budgeting

Staying within your budget is important, but keep in mind – you get what you pay for.

Do your research to find out why some features and glass options cost more than others. An example would be a coating added to your glass pack is not something you will see but you can feel the difference once it is installed in your home, especially if that particular window gets a lot of afternoon sun. Take your time to weigh the long-term benefits against the short-term investment. When in doubt, focus on the long-term value over the price tag.

Learn More about Replacing Your Windows by Downloading Our Home Window Buying Guide

Replacing your home windows is a big decision and requires lots of thought. Our helpful guides can help you with this process.

We’ve created this PDF resource to help you work through the window buying process and understand different types of windows, common window definitions and even some tips on how to check the energy efficiency of your windows.

Give the buying replacement windows guide a try and let us know what you think!

And, if you’re still looking to find a dealer in your local area, you can search for a trusted window dealer.

8 responses to “3 Mistakes to Avoid When Buying Home Replacement Windows”

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  2. Jeff Madison says:

    I like your tip on not always replacing your windows with the same type and style that you already have. It seems that if you meet with someone to talk about different window types would be a good way to find ones that are more energy efficient. My wife and I are looking to replace our windows so maybe we should find some that are more energy efficient for us.

  3. My brother is building a home and he is trying to pick out the windows. Your tip about taking your time to weigh the long-term benefits against the short-term investment was very helpful. Focusing on the long-term value, over the price tag does seem to be a smart move. Do most contractors have multiple options to choose from?

  4. Lots of people get caught up on price but what about quality? Replacement windows should last 15-20 years if installed properly.

    Great article and points!

  5. Al says:

    Thanks for the post. We are trying to do as much research as we can about replacement windows before we get them installed and this article really helped.

  6. We are looking at having our windows replaced. They have become old and a little outdated. As you said, it’s important to consider other factors other than solely price. We will be sure to research the different options and pick windows that will give us the look and quality we need.

  7. I can see why you wouldn’t want to replace windows with the same model. Our single paned windows make it difficult to regulate our home’s temperature. I definitely think that I should consider having our windows replaced with some more insulated models.

  8. Scott Adams says:

    I like that you talked about researching what types of glass would work best in your home. I have been looking for new widows because mine are pretty old now. I can see how it would be nice to start looking for energy efficient glass, so I can save on monthly payments.

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