Have you ever sat next to the windows in your home and felt a draft come through? Or have you noticed your energy bills have been steadily increasing in the winter or summer months? If you have experienced any of these issues you may have wondered what you can do to resolve them. One solution is a window replacement. There’s a lot involved in replacing the windows in your home, and a project of this size can seem overwhelming. To help answer some of the questions you may have, we outline 10 common questions about window replacement below:
Should I replace all my windows at once?
The more windows you replace at the same time, typically the less expensive the overall process will be. Replacing multiple windows at once will save you on labour costs as the team will be able to complete your project all at once. As well, iIf you replace all of your windows at once, they will age at roughly the same rate, and you will save money the next time you need a window replacement. You could replace your windows in stages based on the different home sections, ie: front, back, and sides.
Can I replace my windows myself?
You can install and replace your own windows, but if you don’t have previous experience in this type of project it’s recommended to hire a window replacement specialist to complete the project. Installing your windows incorrectly can lead to a whole host of issues, including damaging the window, drafts and water leakage.
What’s the difference between replacement windows and new construction windows?
Replacement-grade windows are often higher quality than those used in new home construction. This is because new home builders are seeking the lowest cost items they can buy to maximise the return on their project. Typically they provide products with the minimum guarantee required by law, which is two years. However, replacement-grade windows are usually better quality and come with a warranty of 15 years or more.
Do I need to replace my windows or can I repair them?
Contact your local window replacement company to determine whether a new window is necessary or whether a replacement part (glass unit or hardware) is all that’s required. Look for a reputable company that can offer a free in-home estimate and decide if a complete window replacement is a right solution.
When is the best time to replace my windows?
Anytime between early spring to late fall is considered window replacement season. Some people consider spring and fall to be ideal, as these seasons have milder temperatures. This will put less strain on your home’s HVAC system when the windows are removed.
How long does a window replacement project take?
This all depends on the type of window being installed and the size of the home. Some window replacement projects can be completed in 1-2 days while others can take up to a week.
What are Low-E windows?
Low-E glass is a type of coating that reduces the amount of ultraviolet light that passes through a window. They prevent excess heat and light energy from passing through while allowing visible light to enter your home. This coating contributes to the window’s energy efficiency.
What is ENERGY STAR and why is it important?
ENERGY STAR is a Natural Resources Canada initiative in which manufacturers submit their products to be tested and certified. An ENERGY STAR certified product is often in the top 15% to 30% of its class for energy performance. Reducing energy consumption saves you money and decreases your environmental effect.
What are AAMA windows?
AAMA is another certification where three tests are needed to ensure the structural integrity of the window. The tests include water leakage, air leakage, and structural strength. Windows with this certification will have a label on the inside of the frame.
Can replacing my old windows save me money on energy costs?
When it comes to increasing your home’s energy efficiency, replacing old windows will probably result in savings on heating and energy expenses. New windows will be easy to operate, offer better energy performance, and will help regulate the temperature in your home, making it more comfortable.
Window replacement is a big decision, and it’s essential to set aside the time necessary for proper research before you buy. You may also want to think about these questions so that you can make an informed choice about what type of replacement windows will work best in your home.