Proper Installation Is Just as Important as Getting Quality Windows
If you see a deal on new windows that seems too good to be true, it almost certainly is. Caulk and walk, which is an inferior installation process that involves simply setting the new window in the existing opening with a few screws and some caulk, is unfortunately common practice in this industry. If you want your windows to be structurally sound and properly sealed, you need to demand much more from your installer.
A quality installation involves replacing flashing, molding, trim, drip caps, and other components in addition to ensuring only premium parts are used for the entire project. Read on to learn more about proper full-frame window installation methods and what questions you should ask your installer.
Don’t Be Fooled By Too-Good-To-Be-True Prices
It’s not uncommon to see windows advertised at an incredibly low price. For example, you may see a company pushing a special for double hung windows at 189 dollars apiece. But what are you actually getting for your money? Inevitably, when you inquire about this special, you’ll have to deal with a high-pressure sales experience during which you’ll find that a 189 dollar window comes without full screens, adequate weatherstripping, proper installation, and other essentials. In the end, once you’ve been up sold all the features that should come standard, you may actually overpay for your windows.
Read on to learn about what features should be included as standard in your new windows and why a window with a rock-bottom price may cost you much more than you think.
When Should You Replace Your Windows?
Replacing home windows may not be a project that’s on the top of most homeowners’ minds. However, if you’ve noticed damage or wear on your windows, ignoring it could be a costly mistake. Windows that aren’t properly sealed might allow water to infiltrate and cause problems, such as mold growth and wood rot, in unseen areas. Additionally, windows that are drafty, not properly insulated, or simply cheap builder-grade models lack in energy efficiency, which can result in high monthly energy costs.
Read on to learn more about how to spot the signs that your windows should be replaced and the many benefits that new windows can provide for your home.
Make Sure You Hire a Licensed and Insured Window Contractor
With so many less-than-reputable window companies vying for your business, it can be easy to make a mistake when hiring a contractor. However, before even considering having a company replace your windows, you should first verify that they are licensed and insured in your area. Aside from being the minimum requirement for reputability, a proper license and insurance ensure that the company’s owner has met state standards and that you won’t be held liable for any accidents that occur while they are working in your home.
Read on to learn more about what to look for when hiring a company for a window replacement project.