If you’re looking into window replacement and professional window installation, you might think that the upcoming appointments will be pretty simple. Show the window contractors where you want your windows and they should be able to work from there, right? No matter if you’re looking for casement windows or double-hung windows, the job should be straightforward—just replace the current windows with one that will fit.
As a team of professional window contractors in Sauk Rapids, we must tell you that the process is never that simple. While we strive to communicate what we’re doing in a way that our clients can understand to best ensure the satisfaction of our customers, window installation is a multifaceted process. Shape, size, frame, brand—all of it must be considered and talked over before we proceed with our work. It’s just another way we make sure you get exactly what you’re looking for from us!
Perhaps window installation is best approached in a multifaceted manner because windows themselves serve multiple purposes. Indeed, they do much more for your home than simply letting in light! (Check out our blog post on wood vs. vinyl windows, and how the right windows from smart window contractors revolutionize the way your home operates.) You’ll see why it’s important to work with a contractor that helps you choose your windows carefully, as well as what type of frames we recommend.
Just how, though, should you go about picking your windows carefully? Only a few paragraphs ago, you were of the mindset that there wasn’t much to consider when it came to window installation. Tony’s Lifetime Exteriors is here to help you make the right choice. Our experienced Sauk Rapids team is almost all in-house. Combine that with our decades spent in the industry, and you can rest easy knowing you’ll be on the receiving end of some quality, attentive service.
First, we recommend a consultation with us, of course, so that we may better serve your window-related needs and provide tailored advice. We also recommend perusing our site and checking out all the different types of windows available. Learning to at least speak the window lingo can get you ahead of the game.
Different Windows Have Different Features and Benefits
When it comes to windows, you have a wide range of options. While brainstorming before your consultation, be sure to keep in mind and ask yourself the following questions.
- How much light will this type of window let into the room? Some rooms, like living rooms, are better suited with massive picture windows, while other places, like bathrooms, might feel more rightfully private with a smaller kind.
Every spot in your home shines brightest under various degrees of light, as paradoxical as that phrase may seem, so keep in mind the larger “context,” so to speak, of where your windows will go. Of course, feel free to talk this over with us once we meet, but making sure your ideas are feasible given a room’s given purpose will greatly streamline the window installation process.
- Is this type of window energy-efficient? Many homeowners choose to opt for window replacement because their older models just aren’t helpful for the environment – or their pocketbooks. Modern windows generally boost energy efficiency.
Be sure to ask what kinds of energy certifications your windows-of-choice have garnered (ENERGY STAR certification being a well-known example). While such labels are a good indication the window is eco-friendly, they aren’t the only indication. Should your window of choice lack recognition by major organizations, ask what specifically the window can do to help you save on your HVAC bills, as well as what it does to keep the planet cool.Your window contractor’s answer can tell you a lot!
- Will this type of frame hold up to my lifestyle and the climate where I live? While wood windows, for example, might give off a rustic charm, they’re high-maintenance and vulnerable to rot and insect damage, something that ultimately steers many homeowners away from them.
Every home and the owner who lives inside are different, but if you’re unsure of what window type is right for you, vinyl is generally a solid choice. It can be made to fit with a variety of home aesthetics, never requires repainting, and stands up to moisture. It’s also practically impervious to the insect infestations that can take wood windows down. All that and they’re affordable to boot!
At Tony’s Lifetime Exteriors, we offer a variety of windows so you can find the right look for your home. We install four main types of windows, all of which can be turned into egress windows for your basement or a different secluded area of your home: bay windows, casement windows, double-hung windows, and slider windows.