There are quite a few factors to consider before choosing new windows to replace your old ones. You may even be wondering if it’s entirely necessary to replace your old windows. Usually, this decision is reached when a homeowner detects drafts around the window frames, observes condensation building up on window panes, an increase in sound reaching the interior, or possibly energy costs that have begun to increase lately. Whatever prompted you to consider window replacement, here are some things you should know before proceeding with the project.

How long will replacement windows last?

Improper installation can shorten the lifespan of your windows, because it may allow water to seep in around the edges and compromise the natural resistance of the windows. The best way to ensure that you get long-lasting replacement windows is to purchase a respected name brand window with a good warranty, and have them installed by expert professionals.

Should you replace all windows at once?

The primary factor involved in answering this question is of course, how big your budget is for the project. If you can’t afford to replace them all at once, many homeowners follow the strategy of replacing the ones at the front of the house first, then those toward the back, and finally the windows upstairs. Often times, you’ll be able to secure a discount on pricing when you purchase multiple windows, but for the most part those discounts evaporate once you reach a quantity of ten windows.

How to choose the right windows

This can be the stickiest question associated with window replacement. Choosing the right windows will depend on several factors, starting with the type of material you prefer. The most popular types of windows are made with wood, vinyl, or fiberglass, with vinyl currently enjoying tremendous popularity because of its resistance to weather conditions. You’ll need to decide on the specific type of window you need, for instance a bay window, sliding windows, double-pane or triple-pane windows, crank-out windows, or double-hung windows. If you want a coating applied to your windows, that will increase the cost, but it will also increase the windows’ resistance to ultraviolet sun rays, and will make your interior more comfortable.

Best time to buy replacement windows

Most homeowners opt to replace their windows in late spring, summer, or early fall, due to the more benign weather conditions in effect at those times. Keep in mind that the installation process will call for your window opening to be completely exposed to exterior weather conditions for at least a half hour, and that will of course affect the interior. If you don’t mind allowing the household to get a little colder for a while, you might be able to save some money by installing your window replacement during the winter. The demand is typically much less at this time of year, so you can capitalize on the lower installation cost.