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Part of keeping your home safe and comfortable, you need to know when to replace your windows. Avoid these mistakes when replacing home windows.

A typical window can last up to 20 years, but when it’s time to replace them, it needs to happen quickly. Broken or worn-out windows can have significant negative effects on the overall wellness of the house.

When the job is done right, replacing home windows will improve the comfort level, value, and look of a house. If you’re going to take on this task, you want the best results possible.

Here are the top 12 mistakes you need to avoid when upgrading your windows!

  1. Attempting Replacement on Your Own

In the age of DIY, it can be tempting to think that you can handle replacing a window on your own without the help of a professional.

But chances are, that’s not a good idea. There are many technical aspects to the actual process of replacing a window that requires training to be done correctly. Add in the extremely fragile nature of a window, and it’s definitely a difficult task.

A trained professional will have the window replacement tools, like suction cup holders and a caulk gun, for example. These may not be found in an average toolbox but are necessary.

The most difficult part of the process is actually fitting new windows in place.

You want the window to fit tightly into the space to avoid any gaps that will let air or bugs in. But it can be a bit tricky to get things in just right. This is usually a job that’s easier to hire a trained professional than try on your own.

  1. Reaching Outside Your Budget

Home renovation projects can be one of the best parts of being a homeowner. It’s exciting to see a change in your space and make it better or more your own.

But they can also be one of the most difficult parts, especially in the financial department. It’s easy to get into a project and throw your budget out the window, either with the project scope expanding or choosing higher-end options.

Setting a clear budget before beginning a project can help you to enjoy the process and the results much more.

Within your window replacement budget should be the cost of the window, any needed hardware or framing materials, and the price of the contractor to install. Once you have your limits, you can start researching to find the best window.

Luckily, there is a vast range of window options available within any price range!

  1. Getting the Wrong Style

Windows are one of the first things that people see when looking at a house. They stand out and make a big visual impact. The style you choose for your replacement windows is very aesthetically important.

There are so many styles for windows on the market these days. Regardless of what style your home is, you’ll be able to find one that fits in and looks natural.

One of the important factors to pay attention to is the type of frame you’re choosing. The finish (wood, black, white, or another color) will make the most significant difference in the overall look of the window.

You should also pay attention to the type of window (picture, double-hung, bay, or others) as that will affect the aesthetic of your home as well.

If you are only replacing one or a few of your windows, you want to make sure the new ones will fit in with the old. The wrong windows can make your house look mismatched and lacking in style.

  1. Focusing Too Much on Style

On the other hand, you don’t want to choose your new windows solely based on the look and style.

Windows play very important roles in the home, from allowing natural light to come in all the way to playing a role in energy efficiency. When choosing a replacement window, you’ll need to consider all kinds of factors.

Some other things you should look for are the functionality of the window. Depending on the space, you may want it to be able to open and let fresh air in. And maybe one direction of opening will work better than another.

You’ll want to look into the energy efficiency, safety features, and the overall use of the window.

There’s a fine balance to walk between functionality and style when it comes to picking windows.

  1. Missing Energy Saving Opportunities

The energy efficiency of a home is a way to gauge how well the resources like power and water are used in daily life. It measures how much power is needed to keep the temperature controlled. Or how much water appliances use during regular cycles.

Energy efficiency is important for the sustainability of resources and the environment. But it’s also important for the homeowner’s wallet as well.

More energy-efficient homes generally have lower utility bills each month.

Windows have a major effect on the energy efficiency of a home. They can be a major source of issues with temperature control if they don’t have a proper seal. The adequate seal will keep the air at a single level instead of having other levels introduced, causing the system to have to work harder to keep it at the set average.

Generally speaking, windows are made to be much more energy-efficient these days. But it’s an important factor to look into when shopping.

  1. Choosing Insecure Options

More than 34% of home invasions occur through a window. And that’s why it’s extremely important to get a secure option for a replacement window.

The most obvious security feature you should check for is a lock if the window has the capability to open. This lock should seal tight and prevent opening from either side of the window when in place.

Some windows are also made from several layers of glass which make it much harder to break and get into the home through.

Window sensors may also be something that is interesting for a homeowner who wants to be able to better monitor their home. These can be added to most windows, but that should be checked before purchasing.

A window brings a lot of beauty to a home but can be a vulnerability without the right precautions.

  1. Improper Glazing 

A more unknown and forgotten part of choosing a window replacement is the glazing.

Glazing is when a glass window gets an additional cover using different chemicals for various effects and looks. Some glazing is done for energy-efficiency purposes and some purely for aesthetics.

A window glaze can make the window reflective, tinted, or more heat-absorbing.

When purchasing a new window, you can choose whichever glaze will work best for your specific needs and have it added either before or after installation. But many either forget to add a glaze or make the wrong choice.

If the glaze is meant to tint the windows, it’s really crucial to test the tint in your actual space to get a real feel for what it will look like every day.

Adding window glaze can take your new windows up a notch, but you want to make sure you make the right choice for your specific space.

  1. Making the Home Uncomfortable 

There isn’t much worse than sitting by the window and then slowly as the sun moves the temperature rises. You start comfortable, and soon you’re overheating and have to move.

Or the opposite when you have to wear an extra sweater in the winter because your windows are letting in the cold air.

Windows do a lot for keeping your home at a comfortable, controlled temperature. Ignoring the features that allow it to do that is a big mistake; many make when choosing new windows.

Some new window options have more than one pane which works together to create a better barrier between the indoors and outdoors.

Many window options also come with heat control coatings that will help to decrease temperature increases. The comfort level of your home is largely dependent on windows, so that should be closely paid attention to.

  1. Leaving Out Weather Preparation 

Along with protecting against changes in temperature, windows also need to be a shield against other weather elements.

There should be a tight seal to prevent any water from getting in during rainstorms or dust on an especially windy day. The window should be strong enough to withstand the wind without shaking or breaking as well.

This kind of weather preparation is especially important if you live in an area that regularly experiences extreme weather conditions.

For example, you’ll want to know how to prepare your windows for hurricane season before purchasing a new window to make sure it will accommodate those precautions. Finding weatherproof windows is extremely important for the safety of your home and family.

Many consumers assume that all windows are weather protected, but that’s not always the case, so be on the lookout for those features.

  1. Picking High Maintenance Upkeep

We all know that windows look best when they are sparkling, clean, and clear. All of the smudges and dirt that can collect on them kind of defeats their purpose of letting light and the view in the house.

And that doesn’t even begin to mention the surrounding frames and the need to keep them looking nice as well.

Cleaning and maintaining windows doesn’t have to be a long, difficult task if you pick the right windows.

Some windows require much less maintenance than others. A window that requires more to keep looking the way you want it to shouldn’t necessarily be ruled out right away. It’s just important to have a clear understanding of what you’ll need to do in the future.

When you know what work will be required, you can make a plan and verify that it’s doable for your situation.

  1. Replacing At the Wrong Time 

Getting a new window seems like it would be a quick, simple job. Take the old one out and put the new one in.

In theory, that’s all it is, but in practice there is quite a bit more to the task.

The contractor will need to completely clear the area before they can install the new window. That means scraping off any debris or leftover caulking, washing away grime, and doing any structure repair work.

This process is necessary but can definitely extend the timeline for project completion.

Many people don’t factor in all of the time that’s actually needed to complete the project when they’re scheduling. So they run into problems when the old window is out, but the new one can’t be installed yet.

Double-check all of your schedules and with your contractor to make sure there won’t be any problems during the project.

  1. Not Getting Exactly What You Want

Replacing home windows can be a big investment in the improvement of your home, especially if you’re replacing many at the same time, changing sizes, or adding completely new windows to the house.

The biggest mistake that many people make is not getting exactly what they want from their new windows.

Admittedly, there is a lot to think about when choosing a new window. But there are also so many options available to you that with enough research you should be able to find something that fits your needs and wants.

It’s such a disappointment to spend all of the efforts in preparing for a renovation project, pay for the project, and then being let down by the results.

Take the time to get your decisions right and the windows you actually want!

Get Started Replacing Home Windows 

Replacing home windows is an exciting renovation project to tackle. The simple switch makes such a big impact so quickly.

Windows will make a dramatic change in many ways. And that can be negative if the job isn’t handled correctly. Make sure to take the time to make the right selection and find the right professionals to help. Those steps will make your project a huge success!

If you’re interested in other ways to improve your home, check out our other articles today!