When it comes to home improvement projects, windows aren’t always the first on the list.
Unless a window is damaged or broken, most homeowners tend to focus their time and budget on other projects such as kitchen and bathroom remodels, deck and patio upgrades, and even basement renovations. However, there are times when replacing the windows becomes a priority, and it helps to know where to start.
Why should you replace your windows?
Aside from those that have experienced immediate damage, windows that are old and have been in the home a while (possibly from a previous owner) may become difficult to operate. That may not seem like a big problem, but in the event of an emergency it could become a major safety hazard. If you can’t open or close a window properly, it’s probably time to replace it.
Likewise, if you notice the interior of your home is a bit draftier than it should be, especially during the fall and winter months, the problem may be your windows. Older windows, poorly installed windows, and even single-pane windows can sometimes let in unwanted drafts. This can significantly impact the energy efficiency of your home and cause your heating and cooling bills to skyrocket. Your best bet is installing new windows that are more energy efficient.
Too much outside noise is another reason to consider replacing your windows. If your house is saturated with noise from traffic, neighborhood sounds, or other audible nuisances, upgrading to double- or triple-paned windows can significantly reduce noise pollution and make the interior of your home more comfortable.
Finally, if the style of your windows is ugly or outdated, or if it no longer matches your design style, a window replacement can go a long way toward improving the curb appeal of your home. The upside? This will likely increase your home’s value if and when you decide to sell.
What is the first step when replacing your windows?
So, you’ve decided to replace your windows. Now what?
The first step is finding the right window installation contractor. However, with so many options out there, it might be difficult to know which contractor is right for you. Sure, the price may be right, but are they insured? Do they have enough experience? Do they have the window style and materials you are looking for?
Once you have a general idea of what you want, start by making a list of the contractors in your area. In addition to making sure they have the all right licenses and certifications, confirm that they have comprehensive liability insurance. If the contractor causes damage to your home, this ensures that the cost of repairs will be covered.
Be sure to obtain an estimate from each contractor on your list to compare your options. Also, ask as many questions as possible about their window installation process and how long it will take to get the materials needed and complete the installation. If a company takes the time to answer your questions and respond to you in a friendly (and timely) manner, this is a good indication that they will be pleasant to work with over the course of your window installation project. If not, it may be best to look elsewhere.
XO Windows specializes in professional, on-time window replacement services.
If you are looking for the right window contractor in Arizona, the team at XO Windows has you covered. As the largest window distributor in the state, we offer a comprehensive selection of window styles to fit your needs and budget, and our team of professional consultants is readily available to answer your questions and explain your best options. We are also licensed, bonded, certified, and insured.