A successful window replacement project requires significant amounts of planning, time, and resources. It goes without saying that the results will be worthwhile, given its benefits like improved interior and exterior aesthetics, increased indoor lighting, and better energy efficiency.
Before you commit to buying replacement windows, here are some must-dos you should have on your list:
Know your goals – It helps to have a clear plan of what you want with your replacement windows. It will serve as your guidepost, keep it on track, and help you make informed decisions, especially in situations in which time is a factor. The outcome will depend on your goals; for example, if your goal is a restoration project, then your focus should be finding replacement windows that look as close to the original as possible. On the other hand, if your goal is a makeover-type remodeling project, then your planning should include considering other window styles and options.
Prepare your budget – Committing to a window replacement project with only a vague idea of the project is risky and could result in making compromises along the way. Worse, you could end up with an unfinished project. Asking friends, colleagues, and family members who have recently completed a similar project should give you an estimate, then add 10% to 20% extra for incidentals and unexpected expenses. You should know that there are several ways to finance a project other than loans or saving up, such as our flexible financing options through our GreenSky® credit program.
Take the time to research your window options – Look into different window styles, colors, and finishes if your project allows it. For instance, while a double hung window is always a good choice, a particular room could benefit from a different window style, like a bay window. This is why Renewal by Andersen replacement windows are built to size so you can explore options without worrying if they will fit. Nor will you have to worry about performance or energy efficiency, thanks to our exclusive Fibrex® material frames and High-Performance™ Low-E4® glass.
Hire a reputable contractor – Once you have your project planned out, you need a reputable local contractor to bring it to life. In addition to being conveniently within reach, local contractors are familiar with local building codes and are more likely to have the proper license and insurance, both of which are essential for a successful project.
To know more about our replacement window options and window styles, including picture windows, call Renewal by Andersen® of Milwaukee today at (262) 955-8400 or at our toll-free number (877) 977-3639. You can also fill out our contact form to schedule your free in-home consultation. We serve Waukesha and nearby areas in Wisconsin.