The moment you decide to replace the windows in your Sacramento home, you are going to be met with a number of questions. It can be confusing trying to figure out all of the available options, including the different types and styles of windows to choose from. You could feel that it would be best to simply replace your existing windows with the same style and size.
However, replacing the windows in your home is an incredible opportunity to not only transform each room in your house, but also to provide you with the ideal expanse of views to the outside world.
The earliest stages of your window shopping experience do not have to be confusing. As long as you have access to the best information, it will point you in the right direction so that you end up choosing the ideal replacement windows for every room in your home.
Some window sales people will try to encourage you to choose windows based on price or availability. When you consider the investment you are about to make, those are minor considerations and you should never feel pressured into making any decision regarding replacement windows.
You should feel comfortable and confident in the choice you make.
1. Choose the Rooms You Want to Replace.
Depending on the budget you have for this home improvement project, you may not be able to replace every window in every room of your home. If you are limited and can only replace the windows in certain rooms, focus on those rooms that are most important to you. This is generally going to be the living room, dining room, and perhaps the master bedroom. You may feel that the windows in a third bedroom or office den are in poor shape, but if you or one other person in your family is going to be the dominant individuals spending time in that room, it may not benefit you or your family to replace it before other rooms.
Of course, it will all be dependent on what is most important to you. The condition of the windows in your living room may not be as bad as in a third bedroom or office den.
2. Select Your Preferred Style.
You should focus on the style of window you are most interested in. You can choose from casement windows, double hung, bay, bow, and other style windows and it is important for you to note that you do not have to replace the existing windows with some similar style.
In other words, if you have a row of three or four double hung windows in your living room, you could replace them with the solitary picture window or a bay window. If you are unsure about the styles that you may be interested in, visit a window replacement company to view not only some samples of different styles but to also see how they look in person.
3. Know Your Budget.
Establishing a budget is essential when you begin looking into replacement windows for your Sacramento home. Many homeowners do not think about how much they are willing or able to spend on replacement windows and this can lead to some significant mistakes.
Replacing the windows, or even the front door, of your Sacramento home should be thought of as a major home improvement project. As such, focusing on the cheapest possible windows will not provide you with much comfort, durability, or value.
The average budget for replacement windows for a three-bedroom home is approximately $5,000. Your budget may be significantly higher, especially if you plan on replacing large frame windows or altering the size of the windows in different rooms.
If that seems like a lot of money for this home improvement project, consider how much a kitchen renovation generally costs. The average kitchen remodel costs more than $20,000. A new kitchen can have the same impact on home values as replacing all of the windows with high quality, energy efficient ones. The investment will make a difference on not only the comfort of your home, but also its inherent value.
4. View a Variety of Replacement Windows.
Before you make any decision about what type, size, or style of replacement windows you will purchase, make sure that you view a wide variety of potential windows. You may assume that replacing the existing windows with something similar makes the most sense, but viewing the various types of windows could give you more ideas that will help you make the right decision for your home and your family.
Where you shop for replacement windows will determine whether you get to see a wide variety or not. Choose to begin your search at a professional window company. Here you will see not only the widest selection of windows styles, but you will also have access to the best manufactured windows on the market. Once you see these windows, you will notice the stark contrast to other types of cheap windows you can find at various outlets or home-improvement superstores.
5. Installation Should be Considered.
Any time that you purchase replacement windows, installation should be a consideration. A professional, experienced installer should be the person who installs your brand-new windows.
Even though you may have a lot of experience with home improvement projects, installing windows may prove tricky for some individuals. Even if you have no issues installing a window into the frame, any problems that may arise as a result of a manufacturer’s defect may become your problem alone.
Many window manufacturers will only honor warranties if the windows are installed by a certified and licensed installer.
You are going to be making an important investment in your home. As a result, do not take the installation process lightly and don’t consider it as an afterthought. Many window companies will have their own on staff installers. If the company does not have installers on staff, you want to make sure that the installers they use are not only licensed, but that their licenses our current, they are bonded, and they are certified to install the brand of windows you have purchased.