When it comes to most home improvements you want to tackle the job all at once. You wouldn’t only remodel half of a bathroom or kitchen. But with Phoenix, AZ replacement windows most of the time you can break up the project however you like. In fact, it is common for many homeowners to just replace a few windows at a time, especially if there are one or two giving them trouble. But is this a prudent strategy that can save you money? Here is what you need to know about replacement windows and how many you should replace at a time.
Signs You Need Replacement Windows
Most homeowners wait for something big to go wrong with their windows before getting replacements. Some signs like broken glass, damaged frames, or water leaks will be obvious. But there are more subtle signs as well that often start out small and then escalate into a larger problem. Things like a draft, unwanted outside noise, condensation between the panes, and sticky operation are also signs your windows are wearing out. If you start noticing some of these signs it might be time to think about window replacement.
When to Replace Only Some Windows
You do not have to replace all of your windows at once, especially if just a few are giving you trouble. Many homeowners work from room to room until the entire project is done. But keep in mind, most companies will offer you a better deal if you can employ their installers for the whole day. This usually means a project of about five to eight windows.
Prioritize Replacement Windows
How do you know which windows to replace first? Most window professionals recommend you follow this hierarchy: safety, damage, efficiency, and design. The first priority in your home should always be security and safety. If a window is broken or outdated to the point where it no longer keeps your home safe, you should start there. Then worry about damaged windows, improving efficiency, and updating style. Also, you probably want to keep some symmetry to your home. So if you need to replace one window in a room or on the front of your home, you should replace the others so they look uniform. Otherwise, the new window will draw unwanted attention to the old windows.
When to Replace All Your Windows
Most windows have a lifespan of about 20 to 30 years. If the windows in your home are more than 20 years old it is time to start saving and planning for replacement windows. And professionals agree, if you have the budget, you would be better served by replacing all of the windows at once. This means one order, less paperwork, less installation time, and less stress. It will save you money in the long run and the team can complete the entire job in just a couple of days instead of the project spanning months.
Ultimately the final decision is up to you. But the first thing you should do is sit down with a window professional and figure out what you can afford. You might be surprised and able to get more replacement windows in Phoenix, AZ than you think. For a free consultation call Freelite, Inc at (602) 233-1981 or stop by 331 W. McDowell Rd., Phoenix, AZ 85003.