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5 Window Buying Mistakes to Avoid

Aug 25, 2021 10:45:00 AM

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For some, windows can be an afterthought -- but they shouldn't be. Windows are one of the most important exterior features to a home. Not only do they have substantial influence on a home's style, but they also provide insulation and functionality. It's important to take buying new windows as an investment to avoid issues further down the road. Here are some of the major mistakes many people make when buying new windows.

Not Hiring a Professional

Professionals know what's out there. They can help you find the styles and function choices that matter most to you, they can source them more affordably, and they can install them right. When not installed correctly, windows may not just be drafty, but actively dangerous; a window that falls out can become a fast hazard.

Not Choosing the Right Window Style

Windows are designed for certain architecture. Slap modern windows on a historic home or antiquated windows on a modern home, and you'll have clashing looks. A professional can help you go for the style that you want without being too anachronistic, as well as finding the functions you want and need in a window.

Not Considering Home Security

Windows are a common entryway to a property. You need to think about security when you're installing them. For that reason, some homeowners choose windows that can't be opened, or they just invest in security systems. Having a lot of windows that can be easily unlatched from the outside can be very dangerous.

Not Considering Energy Efficiency

Energy efficiency is one of the reasons (though not the only reason) that windows have great ROI. Over time, windows will save you money. How much money largely depends on how old and inefficient your other windows were. Today, windows have great efficiency levels, and you can choose from a myriad of styles in energy-efficient installations. Plus, you can get tax deductions for certain energy-efficient home improvements; check with your accountant.

Not Considering Quality and Longevity

A cheap window will be cheap upfront. But it will cost more later because it has to be replaced more frequently. That comes with not only material costs but also the cost of labor. Whenever it comes to something in your home, consider if going "cheap" this time could actually cost you money in the long run. With most things, from water heaters to roofs, going with the cheapest option is going to mean that you're going to need to redo everything sooner rather than later.

Buying new windows should be exciting. You're changing the way that your home looks and feels. You're improving the ROI and curb appeal of your property. And your family and friends will be "wowed." But you need to choose the right windows and get them installed correctly, first. For more ideas and information, contact the experts at Exterior Medics.