Replacing the windows in your home should be a simple, smooth and stress-free process. However, for many people, it can be a daunting job that is tempting to put off. From finding an expert you can trust in choosing the right window styles for your home, to preparing for the installation, it’s normal to feel a little overwhelmed by the whole procedure.
The good news is with a bit of research and understanding on the subject, you can be confident of a smooth and worry-free installation for your next home renovation. This guide will provide you with all the information you need for replacing your windows so when the time comes, you will wonder why you worried about it in the first place!
The benefits of window replacement
Why should you replace your windows anyway? Well. there are many benefits to replacing your windows. One huge benefit of window installation is to make your home more energy-efficient. The expert installers from top energy efficient Barrie windows companies suggest choosing windows that can provide insulation by preventing air leaks. This makes it easier for your heating and cooling system to keep your home at the optimum temperature as well as helping to prevent moisture and humidity from entering your home. This will result in paying less in energy bills, which is something we are all interested in!
Other benefits include increasing natural light in your home, better air circulation and ventilation preventing damp and mould, higher home security, increased property value and more comfort for you and your family. Damp problems in particular can reduce your house value if left untreated, which is why it’s best to get a damp proofing expert in.
Finding an expert you can trust
The first step in the process is to find a trustworthy, knowledgeable expert to take care of the installation. Personal recommendations are a great way to find an honest company so ask around your friends, family and colleagues. Online reviews are another trustworthy source that you can use to see other people’s experiences.
Once you’ve decided on the installation company you want to use, speak with them about your plans and needs. Ask them about their process and the materials they use. Check what warranty they offer and ask for a quote. Feel free to ‘shop around’ and get quotes from a few different companies before making your decision but remember, although costs are an important factor to consider, you should not make your decision solely on this.
Understanding the styles available
Once you’ve chosen your window installer you will need to decide on the style and type of windows that you want. Your expert can help you with this decision and offer advice on what will work best however, it’s good to have some understanding of your own.
The most common and popular styles are double hung and single hung windows. If you are looking for big windows that extend outwards to maximize the natural light coming through then bow or bay windows are a good choice, or for hard to reach places, easy to operate slider windows might be best suited.
As well as the style of the window, you will want to consider the type of window frame to use. Vinyl frames are the most commonly used as they are the most energy-efficient, however, wood and fibreglass are more aesthetic options.
Preparing for the installation
If this is your first window installation, then you are probably wondering how you should best prepare for it. Not understanding the process can result in failing to plan or prepare properly, so it’s vital to get clear on what to expect.
Once you have found an expert you trust and have booked your installation, it’s a good idea to confirm the details the day before to avoid any misunderstandings. The expert may already have a cordless drills for home, so it will eliminate the hassle of cable or wire.
You will then want to clear space around your windows as your window installers will need easy access to all areas around your windows both inside and outside. Be sure to clear away any furniture, wall hangings and potted plants that are within 3 feet of the windows. Remember also to remove the blinds and curtains from your windows.
If you have pets at home, you may want to leave them with friends or family on the day of the installation. If you have a garden, then leaving them outside could be another option. If you have children at home, make sure that they will be continuously supervised and out of the way from the work going on.
As you can see, with a bit of research and preparation, your next window installation can be a walk in the park.