5 Questions You Need to Ask Before Buying New Windows

5 Questions You Need to Ask Before Buying New Windows
The process of replacing your old windows can be daunting, especially if you have a large home with a lot of windows. You may have a lot of questions, such as what will it cost? What kind of windows do you need? Do you have to do it all at once?

If you feel overwhelmed, you’re not alone. Choosing replacement windows can be a complicated process with a lot of information and budget considerations. Every home and homeowner are unique, and you often have to balance your wants with what’s best for your home and budget.

If you’re not sure where to start, we can help! Here are some questions you need to ask before buying new windows to make sure you’re making the best decision for your needs.

How Do Window Replacements Impact Energy Efficiency?

If you have older windows or single-paned windows, simply replacing them will go a long way toward improving your energy efficiency. Double pane glass windows boost your energy efficiency and offset the cost of replacing your windows, which may be the best choice if you have high energy bills.

In addition, most new windows come with ENERGY STAR ratings, which means they meet or exceed requirements like independent testing, certification, and verification by the National Fenestration Rating Council (NFRC). They also have NFRC ratings that meet strict energy efficiency guidelines set by the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA). This performance criteria is based on ratings certified by the NFRC and varies for different climate zones as well.

How Do I Know My Home Needs New Windows?

It may not be easy to tell if you need new windows. Other than for aesthetic purposes, you may need new windows if:

  • You feel drafts indoors when your windows are closed.
  • You run your hvac system all day without seeing a significant change in temperature.
  • You see wood rot on your frames or sills.
  • The paint on your window frames is peeling.
  • Your windows are hard to open or close, or they get stuck in one position.
  • You see condensation between your windowpanes.
  • There’s damage on the glass.
  • Your energy bills are exceptionally high for no reason.
  • You have excessive noise penetration with your current windows.
  • You are getting ready to sell your home and want to improve its curb appeal.

What Are My Options When It Comes to Window Frame Materials?

ENERGY STAR certified windows come with a variety of frame options, including:

  • Fiberglass: This material is known for strength and durability. Think of vehicles, canoes, hard hats, etc. These frames are also low maintenance and provide superior insulation and performance.
  • Vinyl: This material is cost effective and known for excellent thermal insulation. They are relatively low maintenance and never need a new coat of paint.
  • Wood: Wood is timeless, upscale, and beautiful, adding warmth to a home. Wood is also strong and provides good insulation. Most owners of historic homes choose wood to stay consistent with the period, but they do require more maintenance than windows with other frame materials.

Should I Replace All My Windows at Once?

Most homeowners replace windows to improve curb appeal, window function, or aesthetics. The main reason you’re looking to replace your windows can impact whether you do it all at once or one at a time.

For example, replacing an old or dated window to one that’s more aesthetically pleasing increases curb appeal at a low investment. This also makes your home more pleasing inside. But updating all the windows on the front of your home can transform the way it looks to passersby, especially if you choose matching or complementary windows.

If you’re replacing windows for better function, you’ll have an easier decision. You could only replace the windows that are creating a problem as needed. But it’s important to make sure the rest of your windows are working as they should, or else that one window won’t make a huge difference in your home’s comfort. You may also want to think of the aesthetic appearance, new windows will look a lot different than your older window.

Ultimately, the decision comes down to budget. If you are comfortable replacing all the windows at once, go for it! If it’s easier to do them in stages or one at a time for your budget, there’s nothing wrong with that.

How Are Windows and Doors Priced?

The pricing of replacement windows and doors depends on several factors, including:

  • The choice of materials
  • The size and design of the windows – more elaborate and larger windows may be more expensive
  • The glass options, such as gas filling, glazing, and coating
  • Additional features like shades between the glass
  • Quality and workmanship

You can find a range of window options to choose the best fit for your home’s look and needs, as well as your budget. Be sure to evaluate all your options to see what works best for you.

Looking to upgrade your home’s windows? Contact Bell Brothers Sacramento to schedule your complimentary consultation!