Thursday, August 2, 2018

Why Changing All The Windows In Your Home Is A Good Thing

When you are thinking about changing your windows and or doors in your home one of the most common mistakes people make is try to save money by only changing some of the windows in the home or leaving just one door.

Now there's nothing wrong with trying to save money when you are renovating your home but what people usually fail to realize is that all the windows and doors in a house where usually installed at the same time. They were either installed when the house was originally built or they were replaced at one point, usually all at once. That means that they are all the same age, if you are having windows replaced because they are starting to fail or nearing the end of their life cycle then you really should replace all of them at once.

Depending on which direction the windows or doors face in a house will depend on how fast they weather, this usually is shown on a window or door as the paint or colour fades or discolours. If you think that the windows on one side of the house have gotten to the point of needing replacement and not some of the others let me tell you what is going to happen next;
  • Once you have all the new windows installed you will notice how different they look compared to the old ones that you left. 
  • You will notice how much clearer the new ones are then the old ones.
  • You will notice how much better they operate compared to the old ones.
  • The ones you left looked good compared to the ones you replaced by now they look tired and old compared to the new ones.
  • A couple of years will go by and you will notice that some of the old windows will start to fail and then you will have to start to think about replacing them.
  • If will cost you more money to replace those windows then it would have cost you to replace them at the same time as the rest of the windows. Smaller jobs usually have a bigger markup on them because of the set up and clean up.
Instead of living through one renovation you end up living through two renovations. 

Sometimes depending on how much time goes by between the two window replacements is that the windows you have installed first are not available anymore and you have to replace them with different windows. This can make for an odd look from the outside when you have different style of windows that look completely or slightly different.

Another thing to consider is that a lot of times there are government grants or rebates for changing your windows and doors, by upgrading them so that they are more energy efficient. These are usually one shot deals and do not apply when you do it several times over different years.

Its always easier to get things done all at once, live through the noise and hassle of a renovation once and change everything, it might cost you a little bit more in the beginning but in the long run it will save you time, effort, money and a lot of headaches.

Remember to always hire a contractor that has lots of experience installing windows, this will ensure that your windows and doors are in installed properly and will come with the proper warranty for any future problems that could arise.

Rob Abbott
Village Builders Inc.


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