Are you in need of new windows for your home? It will help to know what mistakes you can make along the way.
Mistake 1: Buying The Wrong Type Of Window
While you may be tempted to change things up when buying new windows, it's important that you buy the type of window that works best for the spot that it is going into. For example, you don't want to place a sliding window in a spot that requires a narrow window, because it is going to look weird. You are going to be better off using a double-hung window for those tall and narrow spaces.
In addition, certain rooms in your home are going to be required to have an egress window, which means it is big enough to be used as an emergency exit. You'll want to make sure that you are replacing these windows with a new window that meets the building code requirements for an egress window. This mistake can be made when replacing a basement window with one that does not open at all or using a sliding window that makes the opening much smaller than what is required.
Mistake 2: Focusing On The Price
Windows are not necessarily something that you want to pick based on the lowest possible price. It's important to get multiple bids from different contractors to make sure that the price is in the right ballpark, but there are many factors that go into a window installation that can make the price different.
For example, one window installer may be selling you a window with only single-pane glass rather than double-pane glass that costs more. Another factor that can change the price is single and double-hung windows. They both look identical when closed, but one version opens from both the top and bottom and costs more as a result.
Always make sure your bids are comparing apples to apples—don't just select the quote with the lowest price.
Mistake 3: Not Considering The Warranty
You'll want to make sure that your window has a good warranty by looking at it in writing. It's important to understand what aspects of the window are covered and if the labor is covered as well. You may be surprised to learn that a warranty doesn't cover the glass or that you have to pay for the labor to remove and install a new window if the material is defective.
Contact a window company to learn more about double-hung windows.