When you are thinking about replacing the windows and doors in your Citrus Heights home, since this is not something that everyone does every year, you might not know where or how to begin this process.
Most homes will have the same windows in place for at least 20 years. Entry doors could be there for even longer, unless they are broken or used under harsh conditions. Because of the fact that homeowners don’t tend to shop for replacement windows or doors more than once during their lifetime, if that, then it’s understandable that you might not know how to begin the process.
That’s why we have put together a list of steps that you should consider taking so that you can make the right decision, not only for your house, but for your family as well as your budget.
1. Determine what you want to replace.
This means that you might not be interested in replacing certain windows in your home. You might have newer addition that has relatively new windows, or the doors might be fine and you’re looking to only replace the windows.
Go through all of the rooms in your home and make a list of every single window that you want to consider replacing. Write down the reasons why you are considering replacing each one. It could be that you’ve notice water damage, mold, they are old and have been repainted over too many times through the years, they could be cracked, difficult to open, or just a pain in the neck to clean on the outside.
Once you have your list, you’ll be able to set it down for a day or two then pick it up and go over it again. If you’re sure that these reasons are valid, then move forward with the window replacement process.
2. Find a quality window company.
There are many window companies that serve Citrus Heights and the surrounding areas. You will notice that the major mega home improvement superstores also sell replacement windows and doors and that might seem like a good place to start.
While you might learn about the different options, they usually only carry lower quality windows and doors. Find a small, independent window company that has a wide selection of windows and doors from the best manufacturers in the country. These companies will likely have a few salespeople on hand willing to answer any and all questions that you have. They won’t be pushy because they care about their customers and want to ensure that they make the right decisions for them and their family.
You should read online reviews about different local companies that you find. You can also check the Better Business Bureau to make sure that they don’t have a reputation for leaving their customers in the dark about the process, or that they don’t resolve issues as they arise.
Finding the right company is arguable the most important decision that you’re going to make with this process. You should choose a company that installs the windows that they sell, have a gallery showroom where you can go and actually look at the selection of windows that you could choose from, and who will be willing to come to your home and measure your current windows and help you determine what would be ideal in each room.
3. Ask questions and learn.
Once you choose a window contractor or company, be willing to ask questions. Because this is not something that many people do on a regular basis, you are likely going to have a lot of questions.
Do you know what a casement window is? What about single hung window? Could you tell someone in your family the difference between a bow or bay window? If not, then how could you be sure that you make the best decision for every room in your home?
Pay attention to the information that you’re going to gather through this process. Make sure that you understand the important points and if you don’t, ask questions. Any window contractor that actually cares of their customers is going to be more than willing to answer any and all questions about windows or doors. If they aren’t, or you sense that they are getting impatient, it’s time to find a better company.
4. Gather a list of prices for the windows that you’re considering.
While you may want to set your budget first, this could hinder you in finding the best windows for your home. You may set your budget a bit lower than you could afford because you don’t want to spend too much, but what if you realized that a double hung window sealed with krypton gas is going to help save you a few dollars every month on your heating and cooling expenses? Would that be worth an extra thirty dollars? When you consider that you’re going to have these windows for 15 to 20 years, that can add up quickly.
Once you get a quote for the replacement windows and doors for your home, then sit down and figure out a budget. Will this investment be comfortable for you and your family to afford? You could take a home equity loan if you need to finance it. You may also be able to finance through the window company.
If it’s beyond your current budget, then you can consider doing certain rooms now and then saving the rest for when you can be more comfortable with the investment.
5. Be sure that the window contractor from whom you purchase your replacement windows and doors will install them.
Many manufacturers will only honor the warranties on their products if they are installed by certified installers. You want to be sure that the window company you choose has their own installers on staff.
When you follow these steps, you’ll be able to make the right decision about your windows and doors and that can make all the difference for you, your family, and the comfort of your home.