Investing in window replacement for your home is a considerable investment with a number of benefits. New windows can enhance the appearance of your living space, reduce energy costs, and add value to your home. While it’s imperative to do your own research and familiarize yourself with some of the options on the market, hiring a contractor who is trustworthy and reliable is vital in ensuring you are happy with the result in the long-term.
Below are 5 questions to ask your contractor before replacing the windows in your home:
How many panes does the window have?
Some believe that triple-paned windows are more energy-efficient than those of the double-paned variety, however, others maintain that there is no difference. Be aware that while all energy-efficient windows are at least double-paned, not all double-paned windows are energy-efficient. Make sure your contractor is trustworthy and willing to answer your questions about various window designs and their insulation capabilities.
Are they energy-efficient?
The growing cost of utility bills and the heightened awareness of the environment means that energy efficient windows are becoming increasingly prevalent. Energy-efficient windows are especially important if you live in a climate with extreme temperatures although insulation capabilities should be a priority for all homeowners. When replacing your windows, be sure to ask your contractor if a particular design is energy-efficient. Keep in mind that energy efficiency has to do with a combination of factors such as the type of frame, the number of panes, the type of coating used and the number of coats applied, the filling that goes between the panes, and the type of security locking system.
Do they have a security locking system?
Many people overlook the importance of a good quality security locking system. If your window is on the main floor and is easily accessible from the exterior of your home, pay special attention to ensure you choose a window that is strong and secure to have peace of mind regarding your family’s safety.
What materials best suit my preferences and needs?
While it’s important to do your own research when it comes to buying new windows for your home, having a contractor who is willing to openly discuss the advantages and disadvantages of various materials can be immensely helpful. Tell your contractor about the visual aesthetic you desire and your expectations regarding maintenance and performance. For example, wood is durable but it is relatively high-maintenance and requires sanding and refinishing in order to preserve its appearance.
How long before they need to be replaced?
Depending on the number of windows being installed, window replacement is generally a considerable investment so it’s important to ask your contractor what their expected lifespan is. All windows are not created alike. While most windows are made to last 10 to 20 years, cheap, low-quality windows may only last 3 to 5 years. Beware of manufacturers that claim their windows last a lifetime and are unwilling to back those claims in writing.
If you live in the Toronto area and are looking to replace the windows in your home, contact Thermo-Bilt Windows & Doors.