From hiring an untrustworthy contractor to failing to upgrade your glass package, there are many mistakes you should avoid this time around when replacing your windows. Here are some of those mistakes you should steer clear of.
1. Replacement with the SAME type of window
It may be more convenient to simply replace your windows with the same type, but you’re missing an opportunity to benefit from the innovative features that come with new window designs. Not only can you enjoy better savings from energy consumption and maintenance, you’ll also do your part to improve your indoor comfort. On top of all that, you may still be plagued by issues that led to the window replacement in the first place. Let an expert come out and assess your current situation in order to provide you with the best advice on new window types.
2. Not upgrading the glass package
Windows aren’t just about the look of the frame; rather, they’re about the glass, which is where you can experience the real energy savings. Low-E and double and triple pane are good choices because they are more efficient and help you cut back on rising energy bills. Low-E glass, for example, can reflect the heat back in during the winter, reducing radiant heat loss through the glass. The reverse is true in summer. Low-E glass can also block two times more ultraviolet light than standard windows, reducing the risk of carpet, curtain and furniture fading.
3. Ignoring energy savings performance values
That NFRC label on your new windows shouldn’t be ignored. This is an energy-rating label from the National Fenestration Rating Council (NFRC), assuring you that the window has been tested and rated for energy efficiency. There are many factors that go into this rating, most notably the U-factor, which measures how well a product prevents heat from escaping. The lower the U-value, the greater the window’s ability to resist heat flow and the better its insulating value.
4. Not getting a strong warranty
Failing to buy windows with strong warranties is like throwing money away. Look to companies that offer long-lasting warranties to protect your investment. For example, Rescom offers a 50-year warranty on all its Bristol windows!
5. Hiring an untrustworthy contractor
Failing to do your research on a reputable window contractor can mean the difference between a successful project and one fraught with problems. Make sure the contractor you choose has many years of experience with window installation, has a solid reputation in the community, and offers affordable rates backed by strong warranties.
Speaking of reputable contractors, contact Rescom to learn about our wide selection of window styles, shapes and colors for long-lasting products that you will enjoy for years to come.