What’s the First Step I Should Take When It’s Time to Purchase Replacement Windows?
We like to make it as simple and as straightforward as possible for you to find the right replacement windows and patio doors for your home. That’s why we want to take some time to look at the very first step of the replacement window process with you, namely, when do you know that it is the right time to install retrofit windows in your San Diego home.
Signs It’s Time to Purchase Replacement Windows
To best understand what to look for when you are considering replacement windows for your home, first look at the most important thing that these windows do for your home. Good replacement windows will save energy and will protect the inside of your home from the effects of weather and sunlight.
Are your old windows doing that for your home?
If your energy bill is higher than you expect it to be (higher than it was last year, or rising month-to-month, without any changes in your usage patterns), it is likely that your windows are to blame. Older windows that leak waste energy, forcing your HVAC system to do more work than it needs, and forcing you to use, and to pay for, energy that could be saved with the installation of new replacement windows.
If you have noticed sun damage on furniture, art or tapestries, your old windows are not providing the kind of protection from sunlight that you need. When you are ready to choose replacement windows, look for Low-E (also known as Low Emittance) windows. These retrofit windows are treated with a special kind of covering that mitigates the damaging effects of solar rays.
If you are noticing a draft (either it feels cooler or warmer near the window when you pass, or you can see your curtains or shades moving or blowing), it is clear that you are ready for replacement windows that will keep the outdoor air, out.
I’m Ready For My Retrofit Windows – What Do I Do Now?
We encourage our San Diego replacement window and door customers to answer a few important questions at the start of the retrofit windows purchasing process. This helps to ensure that you get the best replacement window products and service to fit your needs.
In addition to knowing how to spot the signs that it is time to install new replacement windows, consider the following as you prepare to take the first steps to finding, purchasing and installing the right replacement windows for your San Diego home.
How many replacement windows do I want?
Some customers want us to install replacement windows throughout their entire home all at once. Others focus on specific locations like the front or back of the house, or one floor at a time. Deciding how big you want your first replacement window project to be helps you to build your budget and your expectations right away.
Are there HOA requirements or concerns?
For our San Diego replacement window customers who are members of home owners associations, this is a question we encourage you to consider at the very start of the process.
Some communities and associations require pre-approval for retrofit window installation; others have considerations that need to be reviewed. We are able to work with you on a variety of factors to get you the replacement windows you need, and we encourage you to connect with your HOA so that we have all the information we need from the start of the project.
How much do I want to spend and how do I plan to structure payments?
As with any purchase related to your home, take a moment to set a budget that is reasonable and appropriate for you and your needs. Having a budget in mind makes it easier to plan your replacement window purchasing and project decisions as you go through the process.
Planning how you want to pay for your replacement windows and your window installation also helps you to make smart decisions and to take advantage of financing opportunities and pricing structures that can save you more money.
Work with a Replacement Window and Door Company You Trust
Once you have determined that it is time for you to install retrofit windows in your home, make sure that you are working with a company that you can trust, that has a history of successful window installation projects and satisfied customers. Work with a company, like ours, that values your time, understands your needs and respects how important your home is to you.