Welcome to Part 5 of the series, “Should I Upgrade?” Whether it’s rearranging furniture to feel less chill from drafty windows or paying too much to heat a home during the winter, we in the home improvement industry are often surprised by the lengths people go to in an attempt to avoid replacing their windows. Whole-home window replacement is a big investment (vinyl whole-home window replacement in the DC area costs $13,954 on average, according to the
”) but the returns in energy costs and quality of life
often worth it.
If your windows are 15 years or older or in a state of disrepair, it could be time for you to consider window replacement. And if you’re on the fence, you may like to know that winter is one of the best times to make this investment. Choosing to install Fairfax, VA, replacement windows during winter means shorter lead times and a good chance that you will get a better deal on the job. And what’s more, though we don’t like to be reminded of it, January means two to three more months of chilly temperatures. There’s still time to make sure your family is warm and comfortable this season.
If you decide to move forward, make sure that you choose the best material for your new windows. At Roofing & More, we recommend vinyl windows as excellent replacements for wood or aluminum, because of their heat-welded frames and sashes, and mitered corners. Other contractors are currently pushing fiberglass composite windows, but take caution! Fiberglass windows are mechanically fastened and as such, the nuts and bolts often come loose from the slippery composite – leaving windows less efficient and more prone to damage from weather and normal wear and tear.
When you begin to think about the kind of window replacement company you want to do the job, the choice should all come down to process. Installing a full set of windows can be invasive to your daily life and the best contractor will take every measure to minimize that invasion. Many contractors remove all 6-10 windows at once and then replace them one by one, which exposes the home to the elements for the entire installation period. Roofing & More takes care to remove each old window and replace it, one window at a time. Using this method ensures that your home is only exposed for a few minutes at a time.
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