Avoid the “Ready, Fire, Aim” mentality

Education really is king when it comes to managing a replacement window project.  You can either pay yourself for completing a little research or pay others to “instruct” you on the benefits of what they want you to invest in.  You see either way, you pay, but you maintain much greater control through self education.

If your windows are functioning properly there really is no need to consider replacing them.  Replacement, however, would typically be driven by two issues, both of which require research to ultimately decide on the best course of action.  Overall, most people replace windows either for efficiency or structural concerns. Understanding why you need to replace your windows is the foundation for a positive experience.

Structural concerns can involve  many unique issues.  Some of the issues include, difficult operation of a window sash, water intrusion, seal failures, improper installation, or hardware issues.  Structural issues can also be compound issues, which means that the “fix” may be more involved than simply just putting in a new window.  When it comes to structural issues most homeowners will need the professional assistance of a licensed contractor.  (Settling for less will simply create more problems.)

Efficiency issues can include items of concern like air infiltration, single glazed windows, and frost or ice accumulation during winter months.  Many times, efficiency issues drive the replacement thought process.  These types of issues can directly impact the owner’s comfort zone in the house.  A cold or drafty window can actually compress your home’s overall square footage to a much smaller number.  (If Grandma is cold while sitting in the living room by the big window, the family must then relocate the gathering to a warmer setting.)

While it is true that structural issues may impact the efficiency concerns, many times a simple upgrade to a more efficient window will solve both concerns.  It is very important to not skip the awareness aspect of this process.  In layman’s terms avoiding this type of understanding, would be the equal to shooting a gun with the following steps….. “Ready, fire, aim”