5_Little_Known_Facts_About_Replacement_WindowsReplacement windows are a true investment in the beauty, value and comfort of a home.

That investment can be significant, however, and before spending the money, you want to make sure that you’ve done your homework and you are equipped to make an informed decision. Here are five things to consider before you sign a contract for replacement windows.

Schedule Replacement Window Installation in August

Spring and summer months are extremely busy times for replacement window installers. While it might be far easier to schedule and installation in the winter, it is never ideal to do so. Caulk may not set well in cold months and moisture can impact the ability of the installer to get a snug fit. August can be an ideal time to schedule a replacement window installation as spring and summer installations are winding down, and families are focused on preparing for the upcoming school year. In August, the weather is still warm enough to make the process simple and efficient, and your windows will be ready to go before the mercury starts to drop.

Purchase Replacement Windows in the Summer

While there are exceptions to the rule, in general, the cheapest time of year to buy windows is in the summer. Many manufacturers and dealers run specials in June and July to fill those critical August weeks when installations slow down. When responding to any replacement window sale or promotion at any time of the year, always read the fine print. Some companies will lure consumers in with a low per-window price, then raise the price on added insulation features or labor.

Unknown Brands Aren’t to Be Feared

As a consumer, it is natural to gravitate towards brands that you know. However, a dealer may recommend a local or regional brand that you aren’t necessarily familiar with. Those brands can be as high-quality (if not higher quality) than national brands – and in some cases they may also be less expensive. Work through the recommendation with your window dealer to determine why they think that brand is right for you. A simple online search can lead to you reviews from other customers, giving you an idea of the quality of the brand.

There is No Reason to “Sign a Contract Today For the Best Price”

Replacement windows are a huge investment for a homeowner. No matter how great a deal sounds, or how aggressive a sales pitch may be, homeowners should never feel pressured to sign a contract instantly. Reputable window companies do not change their prices on a daily basis; they work closely with their customers to understand their needs and their budget and help them choose replacement windows that fit those requirements.

Always shop around for the best value when it comes to replacement windows. You must consider the cost of the windows themselves, of course, but you must also consider the cost of the installation, the ability to schedule the installation, and the total cost of ownership of the windows. Take the time to do your research and always, always, always check the references and the Better Business Bureau rating of the dealer and the installer before signing a contract.

Not All Windows Are Equally Energy Efficient

Not all replacement windows are created the same, and understanding just what you’re getting in terms of energy efficiency can be overwhelming.  Energy Star windows will always show a rating from the National Fenestration Rating Council (NFRC). Energy Star qualified windows are required to meet basic standards for:
  • U-value, which measures a window unit's resistance to heat loss.
  • Solar Heat Gain Coefficient (SHGC), which measures how much heat enters a home through the glass.
Energy star ratings are just the tip of the iceberg when it comes to efficiency.  Low-E, argon-filled, double-paned windows provide significant insulation, and the way in which a window is designed can also impact its ability to protect against UV light and energy loss.  Always conduct independent research and work closely with a dealer to choose the features that make sense for your home.

If you are considering replacing your old, inefficient windows, the team at Legacy Remodeling in Pittsburgh is here to help you. We can walk you through the process of selecting windows that will help you save money on your energy bills and will improve the look, feel, and value of your home – all within your budget. Contact us today to start the conversation.