There's more to the window and door replacement process than just picking a window/door for your home. Whether you're new to the window and door buying world or an experienced veteran, there's no denying that there are a lot of factors to consider. From finding a competent contractor and energy efficiency rating numbers to reading warranty and maintenance specs, there is a great deal of information to research and keep straight. So how do you keep everything together so that you end up getting the windows/doors you want with no regrets? At Triple E, we've cut out all the extra noise for you and compiled our most essential tips every homeowner needs to know when replacing their windows and doors.
Don't DIY Window and Door Replacements
Many home improvement projects can be DIYed, but window and door replacements in one upgrade that you should find a certified contractor to rely on. We often come across high-quality windows that didn't live up to their performance potential because of a bad install. This problem can be solved by finding the right contractor for your window and door installation.
Tip: No matter what brand of windows or doors you invest in, make sure the installers work directly for the window replacement company selling the windows and aren't subcontractors. By doing this, you'll ensure a high-quality install and little to no problems with your new windows down the road.
Window and Door Installation Must-Knows
Talk to your window installers and develop a basic understanding of the different installation methods to ensure you are getting the best install for your window type. The installation should be equal to or better than the original installation. To learn more about the different industry installation methods, read here.
Just want a quick run-down in the best installation method? The installation method with the best integrity: replace the window and integrate the new windows nail fin with the existing moisture barrier installed on the house when it was initially built. This creates a shingling effect that keeps water from infiltrating the wall cavity and is not reliant on caulking.
Window and Door Efficiency Tips
When you dive into the world of windows and door efficiency ratings, it can be overwhelming trying to understand it all. The main takeaway is that U-value tells you how well the window insulates. Ratings generally range from 0.25 – 1.25.
Tip: Remember - the lower the U value, the better efficiency you get.
Extra glass panes don't always save you money— take the time to research what type of window frames are best for your climate. Many people don't think that the window frame plays a significant role in efficiency, but the fluctuating temperatures can wreak havoc on your windows energy efficiency. If you want to read which windows the top windows for northern Arizona, click here.
To save you time researching, we recommend first looking into fiberglass window frames. They expand and contract 7 times less than vinyl and actually move at the same rate as the glass itself, which will allow the seals to not be constantly pushed and pulled against. From there, if you find that fiberglass frames aren't your style, then expand your search to include vinyl and wood frames. There is a window and door frame out there for everyone.
Window and Door Functionality
Make sure your windows are easy to clean and easy to maintain. You don't want to spend money on windows and doors that aren't easily accessible for cleaning and maintenance.
Before you choose new windows and doors that fit your home, make sure you understand the warranty! This will ensure that you know what is covered under warranty and what is not if you have any problems down the road.
Ready to go shopping for your new windows and doors? Chat with our window experts today. Together we can find windows and doors that you'll love.
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