If your energy bills are higher than normal, your windows may be the culprit. After all, around 30% of a home’s energy loss is because of inefficient windows. Replacing windows and doors around your home is a great way to improve energy efficiency and increase your home value in the process.
Before you schedule your replacement project, however, it helps to be prepared. Our checklist for replacing windows and doors below will tell you everything you need to know!
Choose the Right Replacements
The most important thing you can do to prepare for your project is to choose the right replacement windows and doors. If you hire the Siding Express team for your project, we’ll walk you through all of the different options available to you, but here are some factors to consider to help you choose the best replacement options.
Windows and doors both come in a variety of different style options, which can make your choice feel overwhelming. Opt for styles that complement your home’s design and offer functionality for your family. For example, if you love the view of your backyard, you might choose to install a big picture window that lets you enjoy the view while you sip your coffee each morning.
Next, think about energy efficiency. Windows and doors both have a U-factor value, which indicates how well they block out heat from the sun. When you’re looking at replacement options, keep in mind that the lower the U-factor, the more efficient the option. You can also search for Energy Star products to make your decision even easier.
Finally, consider which material makes the most sense for your home. Here at Siding Express, we carry wood, vinyl, and fiberglass windows and wood, fiberglass, and steel doors. They all have their own benefits and your decision will largely depend on your personal preferences and budget.
Prepare Your Home
Once you’ve decided on which replacement options to choose, you’re ready to move forward with your project. When you hire the Siding Express team, we’ll take care of all the heavy lifting for you, but there are a few small things you can do to prepare for your project to help it go smoothly.
Take Down Window Coverings
If you have curtains or blinds on your windows, removing them before the start of your project will make it easier for our team to get right to work. If you haven’t washed your curtains in a while, this is the perfect opportunity to do so!
Clear a Path
It’s also a good idea to move your furniture so that our team can easily access the doors and windows we’ll be replacing. This will help us to minimize disruptions to your routine while in your home and help us work more efficiently so your project gets finished faster.
Remove Wall Hangings
Our installers are always as careful as possible when working on your home, but installing new windows can sometimes jar the walls. It’s best to remove wall hangings before we start the installation to prevent accidental damage.
Be Prepared When Replacing Windows and Doors
By going through this checklist for replacing windows and doors, you’ll be ready when it comes time to start your project. Now all you need to do is hire the right installation team. We hope you’ll agree that Siding Express is the right choice for the job! Contact us today to request a free quote or book a free consultation.