pittsburgh-replacement-windows2If you are a Pittsburgh homeowner new to the process of replacing windows, you’re probably overwhelmed. Your options are almost limitless, and it can be difficult to know where to even begin your journey. This step-by-step guide will help you navigate your way to beautiful, energy-efficient windows.

Determine your Budget

First and foremost, know what you are able and willing to spend on your replacement windows. You might want to look at a home equity loan or line of credit, you might want to use savings, or a combination of both. However when you are determining your budget, make sure that you’re comfortable with your budget and that you understand any and all repayment terms before you commit.

Research Window Installers

Finding a good window installer in Pittsburgh isn’t hard when you know what credentials to look for. Look for companies that have been in business for at least ten years.

These established companies are far more reputable and far less risky than a new company. Always make sure that any dealer/installer you consider is bonded and insured. And since we’re talking about Pittsburgh, you want a company that understands the quirks of Pittsburgh weather. Proper window sealing and installation is a necessity to ensure a long life for your windows.

Visit Their Showrooms

We can be tempted to do everything online.Research is great, but you need to visit a showroom so you can see your window options in person.

At the showroom, you can talk to someone in person, and get a feel for their process and how they work with their clients. While you shop around, pay attention to how well potential installers listen to your questions, address your concerns, and how receptive they are to your budget. Choose a company that makes you feel comfortable and confident.

Get Quotes

You can get quotes from any company you thought to be a solid option for your replacement window project.

What should you look for in a quote? It should be professionally presented and definitely avoid companies that demand the full payment up front. Make sure that the labor cost is included in the estimate and be sure that you understand the payment terms and payment schedule. When in doubt, ask questions!

Make Your Selection

Choose a company that worked with you and your budget, made you feel confident and comfortable in your choices, had a clear payment plan and contract, and is sound in their experience.

Install Your New Windows

This is the fun part! Schedule your installation at a time when someone will be home. Windows are installed one-at-a-time, so you won’t have to sit in extreme cold or heat as the work happens. Make sure the installers explain how to clean your windows, take good notes on care and maintenance, and when it’s all over, you can simply enjoy your beautiful new windows and your lower energy bills.

If you are ready to trade in your drafty windows for energy-efficient replacement widows to keep you insulated from Pittsburgh’s extreme temperatures, contact the team at Legacy Remodeling today. We can walk you through out process and we can help you choose windows that add value to your home, without breaking your budget.