At first, window replacement might seem like an easy home project, quick to complete. You pop the old window out, choose a new one, pop it in, and you’re done. In reality, window replacement is much more complicated than that, but you don’t have to let it intimidate you. Today, we’ll walk through the basic steps of window replacement and show you how to choose the right windows for your home.
What it takes to Replace Windows
Before replacing windows, you will need a permit that’s valid for your state. For example, Indian River Glass is licensed only in Florida. All door and window projects require a permit no matter their size and time frame. After obtaining a permit, you will need an estimate. Most window and door professionals, like the ones at Indian River Glass, will work with you to solve any unusual issues that may increase your installation price, such as oddly-shaped or severely damaged windows.
You’ll need to measure your windows, most likely with professionals’ help. Your measurements will determine whether your windows meet state safety codes regarding issues like fire escape egress and glazing. If your current windows are not up to code, professionals, like the team at Indian River, can discuss what it will take to get you there and how they will help you.
How Do I Know I Have Good Windows?
When buying a window, thoroughly examine the quality. A good window should be solidly built with snug weather stripping and latches that lock without a great deal of effort. Each window should open and close smoothly when tested, without balking or creaking. Cranks, runners, and locking devices should be new and solidly built. A good window will come with a wide glass selection, including double-paned, argon-filled glass that transfers and locks in heat as needed. The best windows are easy to service with a wide part selection that professionals can access readily when called.
How Do I Choose My New Windows?
The windows you choose will depend heavily on your taste, your lifestyle, and the home you live in. If you are environmentally conscious, you may choose aluminum or wood-clad windows, which don’t attract insects as easily and are less likely to leak air if left ajar. If you want your home to look traditional and rustic, you can choose wood frame windows. Families with small children should choose windows with sturdy glass that is difficult to break, as well as frames and locks that are difficult to open.