If you’re bracing for a window replacement project in Arizona, there are a few things you’ll want to do to ensure the process moves smoothly. Fortunately, window replacement is one of the least stressful home improvement projects you’ll encounter. While it is a big project – each window takes about 30 minutes to install – most aspects of the project are handled for you.
As you prepare for your brand new windows, here are four tips that will help make your project a success.
1. Determine Your Goals
Write down the reasons why you’re replacing your windows, along with what you hope to achieve from your windows. Most homeowners replace their windows because they want to improve aesthetics, increase efficiency and reduce maintenance. Knowing your expectations will help you choose the right types of windows. For example, if you want to let in more airflow, you’ll want to choose a casement window over a picture window.
2. Establish a Budget
Determine how much you’re willing to spend on your new windows. Be sure to keep a realistic budget, as windows are a major investment. You’re not going to get all new windows for a few thousand dollars, it’s just not possible.
Window replacement costs in Phoenix, on average, range from $500 to $700 for a standard vinyl double hung window. For a standard wood double hung window, you can expect to spend $700 to $900 each. Obviously, the more windows you have, or the more special requests you have, the more the project will cost.
3. Consider Indoor Comfort
Windows aren’t just about looks. They’re also about improving your indoor comfort. Talk to your window expert about the following features and how they’ll contribute to your thermal comfort:
- Frame. Vinyl, wood and aluminum are the most common window frame materials. Wood offers the best insulative value, though vinyl and aluminum are more practical.
- Glass. Double-paned windows with low-emissivity glass are your best bet for thermal comfort and efficiency.
- Window style. Some windows are naturally more efficient than others, including picture windows, casement windows and double-hung windows.
- Installation. Even the most expensive windows won’t function effectively if they’re not installed correctly. Be wary of contractors who overuse expanding foams or sealants to get a window to fit.
4. Choose Your Contractor Wisely
Pick your window contractor in Arizona wisely. You can do some research by reading online reviews and looking at portfolios. Make sure the contractor has experience with the types of windows you’re looking to install. You can also get referrals from friends, neighbors and coworkers.
A good contractor will also have a wide selection of high-quality windows that come from trusted, reputable brands. They should stand behind their work and offer their own warranty, on top of the manufacturer warranty. And as always, anyone doing work on your home should be licensed and insured.
To discuss your window replacement project in Arizona, contact Greco Roman Windows and Doors for a free consultation. We are the premier window and door replacement company in Arizona, and we can help you find the perfect windows for your home.