Have you decided that now’s the right time for window replacement?
The home improvement project can provide you with several benefits, including lower energy costs, better security, improved comfort and a boost in curb appeal. Plus, when you replace your windows, the overall value of your home should rise. However, to make sure the investment pays off, you’ll need a plan of action. Here, the Rocky Mountain team explains the steps to planning a successful window replacement project.
Step 1: Evaluate Your Needs
Think about all of the reasons why you want to replace your windows, as your goals – which may be greater functionality, increased energy efficiency, enhanced aesthetic beauty or easier maintenance requirements – will serve as your guide. Consider, too, whether you need a whole home window replacement. In some cases, replacing just a few windows can make sense.
Step 2: Determine Your Budget
Figure out how much you can afford to spend to get the replacement windows you need. Prices vary, and by setting a budget before you begin shopping, you’ll have an easier time narrowing down your options. Remember, though, that skimping on quality in order to save money isn’t likely to provide you with the means to achieve your project goals.
Step 3: Explore Your Options
Replacement windows with wood frames are the traditional choice, but many other options – such as vinyl, fiberglass and aluminum-clad wood frames – are also available. All come in a wide range of styles, so you can get the type you need in the material you prefer. High-quality windows can also be customized for improved performance and a better architectural fit with the look of your home. To benefit the most from window replacement, you’ll need to check out all of your options.
Step 4: Talk to Window Suppliers
Comparing the different materials and models of replacement windows and deciding which types to install can be a challenge on your own. Instead of tackling the research yourself, pick the brains of a few local window suppliers. You’re going to want to get a few project estimates anyway, and professional installers should be willing and able to answer your questions and point you toward products that are suited to your project goals.
Step 5: Choose the Right Contractor
Work with a local expert in window replacement, and your project should be relatively stress-free. As you get estimates from local window suppliers, confirm their credentials and installation experience. Ask for references, too, and don’t forget to ask about warranty coverage. Compare the bids you receive, but choose your Utah window replacement contractor wisely – if you automatically go with the lowest estimate, you may end up less than satisfied with the project outcome.
Rocky Mountain Windows & Doors, serving homeowners in the greater Salt Lake City area and along the Wasatch Front, is a leading northern Utah contractor known for exceptional workmanship, affordable pricing and stellar customer service. If you live in the region and are planning a window replacement project, contact our Orem office to schedule a free, no-obligation consultation today.