8 Replacement Window Myths Busted
As the temperatures get colder, you may find yourself questioning if you should replace your home’s windows or not. Undertaking a window replacement project can seem like a daunting task already. Plus the misconceptions you may have heard about it could be pushing you away from the idea altogether. This article hopes to dispel some common replacement window myths in order to help you make a well-informed decision about replacing your windows.
Myth 1. You Must Replace All of Your Windows At the Same Time
Most homeowners hesitate to replace their windows because they think all of their old windows must go at once. Since it’s no secret that replacing all of your home’s windows can get expensive, it can be very off-putting to take on the project all at once.
However, it’s important to know that there is no rule on how many windows you have to replace at one time. Replace one window or replace them all, the choice is completely up to you on what works best for your preference and your budget.
Myth 2. You Can’t Replace Windows In the Winter
Replacing windows in the dead of winter is the last resort for many homeowners. Nobody wants to open up their home to the weather conditions, especially when it’s cold and snowy outside. However, a reputable replacement window company will always take the necessary steps to ensure that your home is well protected from outside elements.
Professional window installers will replace your windows one by one so that way your home is not left open to the elements. As they work, they’ll make sure that the room they’re working in is closed off to keep the outside air from circulating throughout the rest of the house.
Myth 3. Window Installation Can Take Weeks
While the manufacturing of your replacement windows may take a few weeks, the actual installation itself should only take a day or two depending on the size of your project. Any window company you work with should let you know when to expect your window installation and everything that it entails.
Your home should never be left open to the elements for too long and, if a multiple day installation is required, any window openings should be closed up until they can be completed. Professional window installers will work quickly, efficiently and will leave your home as clean as they found it when everything is finished.
Myth 4. Window Installation Will Ruin the Structure of My Home
Many homeowners think that installing replacement windows will ruin the existing structure of their home, but generally this isn’t the case. Good window installers can replace your windows without damaging any of the existing foundation or tearing the siding or brick that’s currently on the home.
The only time your home’s structure would be disturbed is if the foundation is rotting or falling apart. Most window companies will remove the rotted wood to ensure proper installation of the new windows. If rotted wood is removed, installers will patch everything up and make sure your home’s exterior is in tact when installation is completed.
Myth 5. You Can’t Change Up Window Styles
There is no reason to keep a certain style or color of window in your home if it doesn’t fit your personal taste. You might think that your replacement windows have to be the same style as what was already there, but that’s not true. Sick of your casement window? Consider a double hung.
You have the freedom to express your personal preference when it’s comes to your windows. Whether you want to change the style all together or mix and match different color combinations, the choice is completely up to you and what works best for the design of your home.
You also have the option of a variety of materials for your windows. Vinyl windows are the most popular among homeowners due to their affordability, customization and energy efficiency but there are other options like wood, aluminum and fiberglass as well. Choose your window material based on what benefits you’re looking to get out of your windows.
Myth 6. All Windows Are Created Equal
This isn’t exactly true as the quality of the window varies from company to company. If the materials used to construct your new replacement windows aren’t top-notch, the quality of your windows won’t be top-notch either.
Take a look at product warranties as well. Established window companies will back up their product and will usually offer a transferable lifetime warranty.
Additionally, going with a good, reputable window company is as important as choosing a good quality window. Research any company you’re looking into to make sure you’re getting an all-around good product, installation and service.
Myth 7. New Replacement Windows Require No Maintenance
It’s true that vinyl windows come fully-assembled and ready to install. They also come in pre-painted, no-fade colors and faux-wood finishes that work well with any home’s design. While they are virtually maintenance free, it’s important to note that some upkeep is still needed. From time to time, you’ll have to wipe down your new windows to make sure no dirt or dust builds up over time.
Wood windows require a little bit more maintenance than vinyl windows. Since wood was once a living material, it can rot and warp if not properly taken care of. It is recommended to stain and treat it regularly to maintain its elegant and vibrant appearance.
Myth 8. DIY Window Replacement
This is one of the biggest misconceptions when it comes to window replacement. While installing windows may look easy when the pros do it, it’s actually a job that takes a lot of skill. Generally speaking, the more experience your window installer has, the better your windows will look when it’s all said and done.
Not only that, but if your windows are poorly installed, they can be leaky, drafty and all around difficult to operate. That’s why it’s best to leave the installation of your replacement window to the pros.
A window replacement project doesn’t need to be stressful. Learning more about what it entails will help make the whole process easier on you. Now that you have been given some facts, you’ll be more prepared to make the best choice when it comes to replacing your windows.