If your home is older and the windows in it are original, you may be fighting drafts and air loss through the frames and the glass itself. Window replacement is one of the simplest and most effective ways to fix this problem, and the process is not as complicated as you might think if you are working with a contractor that specializes in this kind of work.
Offsetting the Cost
For many people, the cost of window replacement in the entire home can be daunting, but there are some programs that can help you pay for the new windows and the contractor to install them. Because the new windows will help reduce wasted energy, there are many states and some federal programs that will help fund the replacement windows if you qualify for them.
Often, qualifying is based on the age of your home, your income, and some other variables that the agency will look at to see if they can help. In some cases, these programs cover replacement windows, but they may also help you insulate your home better and even upgrade things like your heating system if it is outdated and not very efficient.
Selecting New Windows
When you are looking for replacement windows for your home, you may find multiple styles to choose from. Many people like the idea of keeping the look of the windows original if possible while upgrading the performance of the window to increase energy efficiency and lower the maintenance requirements.
The best option for most people is to go with a multi-pane glass that will reduce the air and heat movement through the glass and a vinyl or aluminum-clad frame to eliminate the need to paint them as they age. Your contractor can help you choose the replacement windows for your home and will make sure that the right sizes are ordered to fit all the windows they are replacing.
Installing Your Windows
Once the windows arrive from the factory, the window replacement contractor will set up a time to come and replace them for you. Most contractors will use a large crew so that they can replace the windows as quickly as possible, reducing the time that your home is open to the weather with no windows in it.
The crew is often extremely efficient at what they do, so many times, the entire home can have the windows replaced in a couple of days. Smaller homes may take even less time than that and could be a one-day job if the contractor has the workforce.