Buying Replacement Windows? 3 Mistakes to Avoid & Questions to Ask

According to recent data on cost vs. value, replacing your home’s old windows can allow you to recoup between 70% and 73% of your investment. In fact, there are very few home improvement projects that feature that kind of positive return. What’s more, according to the U.S. Department of Energy, replacing old single-pane windows with energy efficient ones can save you up to $465 a year on your energy costs.

In Texas, keeping the sun and hot air out and cool air in can make all the difference in the world – to your family’s comfort, to your current budget and to your home’s overall value. That being said, buying replacement windows can feel like a daunting task. If you’re not quite sure where to begin, here are few basics to keep in mind.

3 Mistakes to Avoid

Purchasing windows based solely on cost.

One of the most common (and costly) mistakes homeowners make when replacing their windows is shopping based on the price tag alone. Of course, everyone wants to get the best deal possible, but if you cut corners too much, you could actually end up spending more down the road. When it comes to an investment like replacement windows, you get what you pay for. The goal is to find a provider that offers exceptional quality products and workmanship at a competitive price (yes – we do exist!).

Limiting your choices.

Many people mistakenly believe that there are only a few choices for replacement windows: wood and vinyl. In reality, there are a surprising number of ways you can customize your window replacement project. For instance, you might consider adding solar screens to your replacement windows. This can help lower your energy costs even more and provide additional protection from the sun’s harmful rays. Be sure to ask about and consider all your options.

Not selecting the right installer.

As with any home improvement project, there are plenty of “handy” folks out there claiming to know how to install replacement windows. The truth is, these projects aren’t always as straightforward as they may seem, and if you hire the wrong person for the job, you could end up spending more on repairs and additional replacements in the not-so-distant future. Again, you get what you pay for. To protect and maximize your investment, hire an installer that has a proven track record.

Questions to Ask

Once you’ve decided on the windows you’d like, the next step is evaluating available installers. Based on our industry knowledge and expertise, we recommend asking the following questions:

Are you licensed and insured?

Any reputable window installation company will be fully licensed and insured. This is important, because it provides you – as the homeowner – with peace of mind knowing that not only will your project be done right, but that the installer you hire will stand by the work that they do.

How much experience do you have and can you provide references?

Another important factor to consider when choosing a replacement window installation company is whether they have experience and references to back up their work. Obviously, the longer a contractor has been in the industry, the better. Likewise, a track record of satisfied customers that you can verify, either via references or by checking online reviews, should help you choose those best installer for the job.

What is the cost, what does it cover and what are my payment options?

Each window installation company sets its own rates, and those rates may include different things. To set expectations and avoid any costly surprises, you should ask for an estimate upfront. Additionally, depending on your budget and financial situation, you may want to find out whether there’s any flexibility for making payments, such as financing options. The more details you gather up front, the better you’ll be able to make an informed decision.