Buying replacement windows is an investment decision that is supposed to bring you more comfort, enjoyment of your home, a reduction in your energy bills, and an increase in your property’s value. As with any investment, it is important to buy something practical, efficient, good looking and appropriate for your home.
With that in mind, what are some common mistakes made when shopping around for replacement windows? Here are some of the most notable ones to avoid.
Not Doing Your Homework
What if you don’t investigate available options, get your windows installed, and later find out that you overspent on something needlessly fancy? Or perhaps the installation doesn’t address key issues and is therefore a waste in that regard. Not doing homework ahead of time can cause all sorts of headaches, all of which can be easily avoided. There are plenty of options out there regarding the finish, size, features, different types of operation and insulation levels, and much more.
The best decision you can make is to educate yourself prior to shopping and gain a better understanding of what the modern windows and door technologies available today have to offer. Stick to the local resources as they provide more relevant information for your climate and product availability.
Not Asking Questions
There is no such a thing as a silly question when you’re spending your hard-earned money on new windows! Your contractor is a resource whose primary interest should be to leave you pleased with your purchase, and they’ll appreciate referrals if you enjoy the services and products offered.
Ask questions related to the product and its features, the installation process, and whether what you’re looking at is the right solution for your needs. They may even recommend something that’s more affordable, looks better, and offers added features that you’ll be able to take advantage of.
The Endless Pursuit of Perfection
We all like for things to be as close to perfect as possible, but it’s important to bear in mind that every product is made of multiple components. Things can go wrong, and if they do, the contractor is happy to make them right. However, there is such a thing as getting carried away or too obsessed with the pursuit of perfection, especially when it comes to window installations.
Whether your concerns are about ensuring a beautiful view, hitting a reasonable target for energy savings, getting the installation done during the pandemic when teams have a heavy queue of jobs to attend to or otherwise, we always appreciate when expectations are kept in check. And, of course, we’re always happy to discuss your needs with you to ensure a successful replacement and lasting satisfaction!
Not Going Green
Energy-efficient fenestration products are a must today. With all the positive benefits of switching to energy-efficient windows, it is really an easy decision that will help to pay for itself in the years to come. However, exceeding the Government approved recommendations to marginally improve the efficiency of your windows may never return the additional investment it will require.
The best approach is not only to invest in eco-friendly windows in the first place but also to follow the recommendations. If you notice that a neighbour has had their windows replaced with energy-efficient ones, chat with them about the process and get their opinion. They might be able to refer you to a contractor that’s ideal for your needs.
Putting Value First
Shopping based on price alone is a mistake, regardless of what you are buying. Yes, everyone wants to get a good deal and save money, but quality, time, warranty coverage and helpful service all have their own value. You quite literally get what you pay for when it comes to window replacements that are supposed to properly insulate your home and last for many years. Compromising any of the above for a couple hundred dollars may cost you thousands later on.
Postponing or Reducing the Scope of Your Window Project
If it is time for windows to be replaced, it needs to be done. Delaying can cause added stress and expense, not to mention a colder winter inside! Not having enough money right now should not prevent you from fixing your home. There’s no way to predict that the same project next year will cost any less – if anything, it may be higher due to supply and demand.
Also, if you reduce your scope, you may be missing out on a lower price overall, as many contractors charge less for bulk orders. Not only that, but there may be different financing options available, some of which are interest-free, and the energy savings will practically make the new windows pay for themselves over time.
Changing windows and doors is an important decision. Your home is one of the biggest investments in your life. Any change you make should positively impact its value, comfort, and appearance while not breaking the budget. For more information on our services and products for window replacements, reach out to us at Aztech Doors & Windows today. We’re happy to make your window replacement dreams a reality!