Considerations Of Window Replacement As A DIY Project

Posted on: 11 August 2017

Taking on a home renovation as a DIY project is something that many homeowners will consider at one point or another. One of the aspects of that DIY renovation will likely be window replacement, especially in older homes where the windows do not provide any type of insulation or may have cracked or broken. Before you take on a window replacement on your own, there are some considerations you need to take into account.

Know the U-Factor

One of the key points to finding the right windows for your window replacement project is to know the U-Factor of the window. This term refers to how well a window will insulate against and resist the effects of severe temperatures. This is determined by how fast or slow heat moves through the multiple layers of glass in the window. The key point to know about this measurement is that the lower the number, the slower the heat transfer rate. So, ideally you are looking for a low U-Factor number if you are trying to insulate against extreme heat. If you are in an area that is colder throughout the year, then you may want to find a higher U-Factor number.

Know Your Warranty

As you begin to look at various window replacement options, you will start to notice warranty information. You may think that the warranty doesn't really matter, but each manufacturer offers their own special warranty that covers certain aspects of their windows. For example, you may find that a warranty only covers if the window breaks under natural disasters such as strong winds and wind damage. You may find that another warranty only covers the window and not the casing. Other warranties may only cover the window if it is professionally installed. All of this is vital when you are considering your replacement window and the factors that may contribute to having to utilize that warranty, so be sure to read the fine print to ensure you are getting the warranty that fits your needs.

Know Your Glass Options

Before you settle on the windows you want to use, make sure you understand what type of glass you need. For example, you can choose from various glazed options, argon gas, or krypton glass. Each one has their own benefits such as argon gas windows offering the benefit of slowing down the cold or heat that moves through the panes of glass. Depending on your location, your weather, and your needs you may find that an argon gas option for your windows is better for your needs than a glazed option based on how much they slow the heat or cold transfer.

By keeping these key points in mind, you can better prepare yourself for installing new windows and the window replacement you are facing throughout your home. If you are ready to move forward with the replacements, contact your local window dealer for pricing and ordering.