When it comes to the remodeling process of your home, it can be tricky to figure out which steps should be taken first, especially if you’re new to this game. Projects can be broken down into three categories: safety first, exterior projects, and then statement elements. If you find yourself with a relatively long list of projects, this can be an excellent starting point in figuring out what you should cross off first. So what category do windows fall under? Let’s take a glance.
When to Replace Windows When Remodeling
Repair or replace?
First and foremost, it’s crucial to answer the question of whether you should replace your windows altogether or simply repair them. Let’s go over which option is best for each situation. Ecohome.net explains that if money is tight for you, repairing will be the best way to go. They advise that windows should only be replaced once they are completely unsalvageable. Replacing windows can be an expensive project. If you do decide to go this route, you may as well make sure you’re getting top-tier windows. This means opting for triple (instead of double) pane windows. Triple pane windows are durable and reduce unwanted sounds. Not to mention, they provide a warmer, more comfortable home on drafty days. Although they may be a bit pricier, they are well worth it in the long run. More and more homeowners continue to choose triple pane.
When to replace windows
From the standpoint of choosing whether to repair or replace, if your windows have extreme water damage, you should most likely replace them. This type of problem will only lead to other problems, such as heat loss and weakened structural integrity of your walls.
If you’ve decided that replacement windows are in your near future, it’s important to know when to install them. Replacing your windows should be done in the very early stages of remodeling/building a home. As mentioned earlier, windows fall under the “safety first” and “exterior project” categories. One of your first steps will be deciding what kind of windows you’re looking for.
There are four main materials to choose from: wood, clad, aluminum, and vinyl. Although wood is on the pricier side, it can be a beautiful accent to your molding trim if that’s also wood. Just keep in mind that it will be more susceptible to rotting and damage over time. On the other hand, clad windows will hold up against the elements as they’re coated with either aluminum, vinyl, or fiberglass. Aluminum windows are a favorite of architects as they’re lightweight and maintain the openness of the house. Finally, vinyl is the most common material because of its durability, low maintenance, and resistance to moisture.
Installing New Windows
Installing windows includes a good amount of prep work. Whether it’s properly measuring, setting a budget, deciding on the material, or figuring out if you’re going to DIY it or hire a professional, you’ll need to make some decisions. Because of this, you’ll want to do it early in the remodeling process. If you decide to hand this project over to a pro, you’ll want to schedule a meeting with the dealer that can provide a window replacement estimate. They’ll assist you in finding the perfect windows for your needs, take accurate measurements, explain the process, and answer questions. Windows hold the potential to dramatically increase the value of your home, so this is a vital decision to make. Most likely, you won’t want to be replacing or repairing your windows again anytime soon.
Time to get to work
Replacing or repairing your windows doesn’t need to be a complicated project as long as you know the basics and ask for the appropriate help. This project should be one of the first on your list as it holds the potential to do some damage to your siding. Once the big dogs are out of the way (windows, foundation, roof, and siding), you can move on to the smaller/interior ones like the kitchen, bathroom, doors, or floors. Remember, safety and foundation first, statement elements last.
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