Avoiding 4 Common Replacement Window Mistakes
Chances are you are familiar with the obvious signs you need replacement windows: broken or foggy glass, rotting sash and frame, difficulty opening and closing, warping, cracking, drafts and high energy bills. With so many options out there, we know selecting the right replacement window can seem overwhelming.
We want to save you some time and money and help you avoid the four most common mistakes people make when replacing their windows.
- Purchasing Windows Not Built for Your Climate
Different areas in the country experience different weather, and it’s important you select a replacement window built for your climate. The performance of the replacement window can be impacted by the material it’s made from. In Wisconsin, we have harsh winters with temperatures well below freezing and warm summers. You’ll want to select replacement windows that are well insulated to keep you warm in the winter and cool in the summer. You’ll also want to look for solid material that doesn’t expand or contract, is rot and mildew resistant and will withstand wind, snow, ice, and rain.
- Replacing Old Windows with the Same Style or Brand
You may be tempted to buy replacement windows of the same style and brand you already have in the home. While this may save you time by not meeting with other companies, don’t forget the problems you are currently having that led to the decision of replacing your windows. If you buy the same replacement windows, you may experience those problems again. Instead, research recent technologies, material and brands to prevent you from needing to buy replacement windows again.
Some features to look for:
- Buying Based on Price Alone
Don’t get me wrong, the price is important. You have a budget to stick to, and you want to feel like you got a good deal. In home improvement the saying “you get what you pay for” is usually true and deciding based on price alone may cost you more in the long run. If you focus only on the lowest initial cost, you may be sacrificing quality of the product, installation, and warranty. However, don’t buy the most expensive replacement window either because that might not mean it’s the best. Instead, focus on the quality of the material, warranty coverage, installation process and lifespan of the product.
- Not Researching the Company
The company you select can be just as important as the brand of window you buy. Purchasing replacement windows is an investment in your home, and it’s important to perform research to make sure the company you choose will take good care of you and your home.
Some things to look for:
- Licensed and insured
- Better Business Bureau affiliation and A+ rating
- Warranty – product and workmanship (installation)
- Longevity / Years in business
- Reviews – bonus if they have written and video testimonials
- Before and after pictures
Buying replacement windows and doors is an investment you only want to make once. That’s why selecting the right replacement window company is critical.
AHT Wisconsin Windows has a solid core composite frame that has been named by Energy Star as “Most Efficient” since 2014. We have been helping Wisconsin homeowners save up to 40% on their heating and cooling costs since 1967!
We also have a full 50-year non-prorated warranty covering workmanship and products, and it’s fully transferable if you sell your home.
We have partnerships with a variety of lenders who will work with you to find a payment that is comfortable for your budget and make your home improvement dream a reality.
Make sure to take advantage of our special offers before your appointment!
AHT Wisconsin Windows proudly serves the following areas: Appleton, Green Bay, Fond du Lac, Madison, Middleton, Clintonville, Manitowoc and surrounding areas. Call AHT Wisconsin Windows today to find out if we service your area.
Call us today at 866-367-6560 or click here to schedule your free, no obligation in-home consultation with our experts to hear more about our solid core composite windows and how we can make window replacement comfortable for any budget.