questions-ask-replacement-windows.jpgDeciding to replace your old, drafty windows is never easy and the process can be confusing and overwhelming, especially if it is your first time.

As you begin the process of buying replacement windows, be sure to ask – and get answers to – these three big questions.

Will the Windows Really Improve My Energy Costs?

Have you ever walked past or sat next to a drafty window? You can feel the cold air seeping into your otherwise warm home (and you can practically see dollar bills seeping out). You pay a lot of money to heat your home through rough Pittsburgh winters and a drafty window only adds to that expense. When shopping for new windows you must never assume that just because a window is new that it will keep your home warmer just because it is new.

Energy-efficient replacement windows have many features designed to keep warm air in like double panes, low-e glazing, and even gas fills. Windows that lack such features will not keep you insulated from the elements. It’s a good idea to talk to a window professional to decide which options are the best for your home and your budget.

How Do I know I’m Getting a Good, Quality Window?

When you’re going into the replacement window project, trust the professionals, but also, make your own decisions. Going to the showroom is a great way to make sure the windows are high quality and fit your specifications.

The showroom is a great place to try out the windows. Open and close them, use the latch, and look at the screens. Everything should be smooth and easy to operate. Check to make sure the screen is built well and that the weatherstrips fit tightly. And while this may seem like a little thing, you want to make sure that the windows will be easy to clean. There’s fewer house chores that are worse to do than clean hard-to-get-to windows.

When you are at the showroom, talk to an associate about the servicing and manufacturer warranties that come with each window you are considering. Warranties are very important and show not be overlooked. One notorious and expensive issue with windows is a failure in the seal, which results in fogging between the window panes. You want to look for a warranty that covers glass replacement for 20 years. This brings us to our last big question.

What is the Workmanship Warranty?

The workmanship warranty covers the installation of the replacement windows, and this question is critical to ask any prospective installer. While the manufacturer’s warranty covers any faults or issues with the window itself, the workmanship warranty really means that the company has quality installation and customer satisfaction as a priority and they’re willing to back it up. Be sure to ask the company or contractor if you have any questions regarding either warranty.

If you are searching for high-quality, energy-efficient windows in the Pittsburgh area, contact the team at Legacy Remodeling today. We can help you through the process from start to finish, answering all of your questions along the way.