Believe it or not, the average homeowner in Roseville will only have to shop around for replacement windows or doors once. That’s because, nationally and locally in California, the average homeowner holds onto their house for less than 20 years.
Most windows last around 15 years, though people tend to avoid replacing them for even longer than that. Doors will last a bit longer.
Because of this, homeowners are not likely to have a lot of experience shopping for replacement windows or doors. That can cause issues, especially if you don’t approach the process properly.
How can you approach the process of finding new windows for your home?
The most common way that homeowners in Roseville and the surrounding areas view certain home improvement projects, such as replacement windows, is to focus on the cost first. When you’re frugal in life, you’re looking for the best deals, the cheapest products, and the quickest results.
That approach might do you well when you’re shopping for food, a new TV, or even a car, but it’s going to actually hamper your ability to make the right decision about new windows or doors for your home.
Approach the process as being a significant home improvement project that requires time, effort, and understanding. The more time that you take to choose your new windows or doors, the more likely you’ll be to find something that truly inspires and that you will know fits your home well. The more effort you make in searching, thinking about, and viewing samples and types of windows and doors, the more likely you’ll be to have inspired ideas that can completely transform any room in your home. The more you understand the different types of windows and doors as well as their features, the more likely you’ll be to end up with those that will be the best for your home and your budget.
There are three essential steps that you should take in the beginning when you acknowledge that it’s time to get new windows and doors for your home. You should determine you budget, find the right window company to work with, and figure out exactly what you want in each room in your home.
1. Determine Your Budget.
One of the quintessential mistakes that homeowners make when they realize it’s well past time to be looking into replacement windows or doors is that they don’t set a budget. If they do, they often don’t approach this process properly.
When you don’t have a budget, it usually means that you’re going to be looking to save as much money as possible.
However, this is a home improvement project and as a result, you should be willing to make a fair and honest investment in it. It’s actually one of the most significant home improvement projects that any homeowner will make. Yet so many are more than willing to spend $20,000, $30,000, and even more to redo their kitchen (an important home improvement project for sure), but balk at anywhere close to $10,000 for replacement windows.
Most of the time it’s because these homeowners don’t view replacement windows or doors as being all that important. After all, the windows that you have right now work, even though they might look old and dirty and maybe you struggle to open them. Most kitchens also work before they are remodeled and new appliances purchased.
It’s about comfort, security, and energy efficiency. New windows can provide all three when you budget for them properly.
Approach this project as a major home improvement opportunity. Determine what you’re willing to spend on the overall project, and then begin your search. You may discover that your budget is simply too low for the quality windows that you want, or you may realize that you don’t need to spend anything near what you budgeted.
Whatever you do, though, make sure that you establish a budget from the start.
2. Find the Right Company.
There are quite a few companies that sell replacement windows and doors. Some will be small hardware style companies and they will have a limited selection of windows and doors to choose from. Some will be national chains that carry the cheapest, low end windows or doors that you’ll find anywhere. They will certainly look new and will work, but they won’t add any real value to your home. With those windows, you might as well strip down the ones you have, repaint them, and scrape the glass clean until it sparkles again.
A locally owned, small, independent window company will offer you the best windows at great prices. They will have professional installers on staff who will ensure that they are installed properly, and you’ll be enjoying your new windows for years to come.
The ‘right’ company is not always the one that has the lowest prices and when you begin shopping around for replacement windows and doors, you’ll understand that price is not the most important factor: quality is and you’ll get the best quality from these small to mid-sized independent, locally owned companies, because they care about every single one of their customers.
3. Figure Out Exactly What You Want in Each Room in Your Home.
Finally, before you make any decision about replacement windows for your home, you should get an idea about what’s available –from double hung windows to casements, bays or bows to picture windows, and much more- and then you’ll be able to sit down in your home, in each room, and consider what type and style of window would look best there.
This is the one opportunity that you have to completely transform your home and every room in it, so take advantage of that. If you decide that the same style of window is fine, that’s great. But you may realize that replacing the two double hung windows in your living room that overlooks a great view with a bay window could open the room up even more.
When you take these three steps first, you’ll end up with the replacement windows and doors that are ideal for you and your home.