Installing replacement windows may seem like a fairly easy task for people living in New Jersey and the New York metro area who have the proper tools and a bit of construction experience. #1. Measure existing windows. #2. Buy the closest size you can find. #3. Modify the opening to make it the right size to accept the window. #4. Install the new fixtures. Job done.
If only it were that easy. In reality, most people need some professional guidance and help to bring their vision to life. Avoiding some of the common mistakes people in our area make when installing windows is one way our Renewal by Andersen consultants help you go from imagining a new view to enjoying your new surroundings.
Avoid These Three Common Replacement Window Mistakes
#1. Limiting Replacement Window Solutions
Many homeowners wrongly assume that they must go back with the exact window style they want removed. Replacing your existing home windows with similar replacement window styles is certainly one option. It is a convenient, easy solution for some homeowners who mainly want to improve energy-efficiency, but like the way their home looks today. However, exploring other styles, accessories and innovative features creates opportunities to enhance the appearance and function of your home. Benefits include everything from lowering heating and cooling bills to making your windows easier to clean and operate.
Tip #1: Don’t limit your options without at least considering the many advantages of switching things up a bit during the upgrade.
#2. Ignoring Non-Monetary Value
Saving money and improving property value are measurable factors that everyone can appreciate. Remember to look behind dollars and sense to consider how certain features and accessories add value in other ways. For example, choosing the proper low-E glass type can reduce glare on your computer screen or television. A poor window style or design choice will stick out like a sore thumb, while a thoughtfully chosen window works with your home’s architectural features to create a beautiful overall appearance. Handles and locks can make it easier to open your windows, or create obstacles, especially for aging and handicapped family members.
Tip #2: Pay attention to measurable and intangible value.
#3. Failing to Consider Color & Framing Influences
Window frame materials directly impact energy-efficiency ratings and overall performance. Choosing the best window frame material means you consider the strength, durability and insulating properties of that frame. We recommend Fibrex composite frames because they are strong, durable, fade-resistant, and deliver superior insulating properties. An exceptional frame quickly becomes an unacceptable frame option if the only color available clashes with your existing trim or exterior finishes. You won’t be happy with a beautiful new window that requires extensive maintenance to maintain its stunning appearance any more than you will be happy with the best-performing window available that doesn’t match the rest of your house.
Tip#3: When selecting frames, consider both appearance and performance.
Enjoy a Mistake-Free Replacement Window Journey with Support From Renewal by Andersen of New Jersey & New York Metro Specialists
You don’t have to take the replacement window journey alone. We can help you explore low-E, Energy Star labeled glazing solutions, compare different styles, standard and custom grille patterns and specialty glass that adds a touch of privacy and elegance to any room. You have a vision, we can help you get there. Simply fill in the short form on this page to request a brochure or call 1-888-826-2451 to schedule a free, no-obligation meeting with a Renewal by Andersen replacement window design expert.
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- The Difference Between Replacement and New Construction Windows!
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