Homeowners replace their windows for a variety of reasons. Replacement windows can be used to increase the energy efficiency of their home, add curb appeal, update old or worn out windows, and more. According to Remodeling Magazine's 2013 Cost vs. Value report, choosing vinyl replacement windows can yield a 71.2% return on investment. Replacement windows are an especialy popular fall home improvement project, as the weather turns cooler and homeowners start to think about saving money on energy bills in the coming winter. If you are one of those homeowners considering replacement windows, it's important to get all the facts before you purchase in order to avoid costly mistakes. The following post will give you the top replacement window mistakes that are made and how you can avoid them.
- Using initial cost as the only determining factor.
The cost of any home improvement project is on the top of most people's minds when starting a new project. It's a great idea to research and compare prices beforehand to get a sense of what type of value you can expect based on the price you pay. What you don't want to do however, is only look at the initial cost when making a final decision. You'll also need to consider longer term expenses such as, energy, maintenance, cleaning and painting costs.
Vinyl is among the most affordable type of replacement windows that you will find in today's industry and market. Its easy installation decreases the labor costs you pay at first, and its low-maintenance requires less repair costs in the future. They will also save you money on your utility bills because of their increased energy efficiency. Essentially, you are paying much less for vinyl windows compared to wood or metal, but are receiving much more benefits from them.
- Paying too little or too much.
Many contractors will try to take advantage of unsuspecting customers by either convincing them to purchase overly expensive replacement windows or by selling them cheap, low quality replacement windows that won't last. Before making a decision on replacement windows for your home, it's important to know all you can about your options. Ask for brochures, product catalogs, copies of the manufacturer's warranty and any other information that could be helpful to your decision.
- Installing your replacement windows incorrectly.
The do-it-yourself trend has recently become very popular with homeowners, however we do not recommend taking this route when replacing your windows. If you've taken the time to do the research on which replacement windows are right for you, shopped around for prices, compared warranties etc., the last thing you want to do is install your windows incorrectly. Improperly installed windows will not have the same energy efficiency as properly installed windows will, and it's likely you'll spend even more having a contractor come in after to the fact to fix the errors. Your best bet for getting the highest quality windows and saving money simultaneously, is to hire a reputable contractor.
- Choosing a bad brand.
The brand you choose for your replacement windows matters a great deal. While it may be tempting to opt for a no-name, cost efficient brand, the reality is the quality of those windows are probably sub par. You'll want to go with a brand that has a history of strong customer satisfaction.
Fiderio & Sons is proud to offer the installation of Sunrise Windows, the most energy-efficient replacement windows that Connecticut has to offer. Sunrise Windows is the optimum choice, providing the best combination of environmentally friendly technology, durability and beauty. In addition, all of Sunrise Windows are made in the US and are tested and certified by the National Fenestration Rating Council (NFRC).
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