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Definitive Checklist for Window Replacement

May 21, 2015

Window replacement is a significant home improvement project for which one has to be prepared. In order for everything to run smoothly a certain degree of planning is necessary. Let us give you a checklist for your guidance. Once all the points on the list are checked, there is nothing to prevent you from moving on with your window replacement project.

Are you a good candidate for window replacement?

If you want to take on such a project, you have to be sure that you truly need it. Poor window insulation is one of the main reasons why people decide to replace their windows. If the windows are the real cause of your problem, you will save money in the long run and your house will also be heated properly. Still, sometimes it can be cheaper and easier to just repair or replace the failed pane of glass. An expert should tell you what is necessary in your case.

Your windows might also need to be replaced if:

  • They are sealed shut and you cannot open them.
  • You can’t operate them easily.
  • The frame is broken or damaged in any other way.
  • Your house has signs of mold and moisture around the windows.
  • You want to improve the curb appeal of your home.

What kind of window replacement do you need?

There are two main types of window replacement. The thorough and more expensive one is full window replacement. Everything is changed except for the construction frame. If you have reasons to believe that the construction frame might be damaged too, this is a good opportunity to find out.

With full window replacement the installers will take everything out and inspect the construction frame. If it’s damaged, they will try to repair it. This has to be done if the area around the window has rotted through, if the structural integrity is affected or if you want to replace an entire wall.

The other type of window replacement called retrofit replacement is cheaper and not as thorough. This is suited for minor damages of the windows because only the frame and glass will be changed. If you just want to improve the looks of your house, retrofit replacement may be right choice.

What kind of windows do you want?

Here you have to choose between several types of material: wood, fiberglass, aluminum or vinyl for energy efficiency and durability.

Next, you choose between different types of glass, for example heat blocking, security glass, tempered glass, anti-reflective, laminated, etc. There are lots of types of glass to consider before making a decision – we can help you choose the right glass for your project.

Can you afford the costs?

The costs of the project are not to be overlooked. At Alma Windows and Doors, we offer competitive prices and we invite you to request a free, no obligation estimate.

Questions to ask

You are welcome to ask any questions you have about window replacement, the staff of Alma is here to help you. Here are a few questions to take into account:

  • How much experience do you have with window replacement?
  • How much will it take to get the job done?
  • How many people will be working and how experienced are they?
  • What type of glass/window material do you recommend for my house?
  • Can you give me an estimate cost of the entire project?
  • What type of glass/window material is best suited for energy efficiency?

Contact Alma if you are looking for excellent customer service and high quality window replacement. Call (416) 661-9915 to book your free estimate today!

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