What are the best replacement windows?

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Before we answer that question, what is the difference between a replacement window and a new window? Isn’t a window replacement a new window? There is a mutual exclusiveness between the two, they are in two different categories and both have a different deciding body of the installation process to use. Look at the following explanations of the differences between window replacement vs new construction:

New-Construction:

  • Intended for openings in a house that doesn’t have any siding or trim in place.
  • It comes with attachment flanges, fins or requires to be nailed on the exterior side.
  • For the handy homeowner, they are comparatively easy to install.
  • Available and usually in stock at any home repair store.
  • Intended for new builds or total remodel of the damaged structure.
  • When correctly installed, completely weather tight.
  • Only non-new construction for extreme deteriorated frame and wall.

Replacement Windows:

  • Window replacement can replace any existing windows.
  • There are no flanges or nailing fins, simply slide into the opening.
  • Existing tolerances can make it difficult for a DIY project.
  • Ample amount of resource found online by window replacement companies and other DIYers on how to install for the handy homeowner.
  • With the good condition of the existing opening, is a good replacement.
  • Even without nailing fins, it still has a weather-tight fit.
  • Always used for replacing an existing window not new construction

Can you replace your own windows?

With basic skills and tools, a homeowner can save hundreds by installing their own replacement windows. Start by checking the frames are in sound condition. Then measure each window’s interior height and width, top to sill and side to side. Measure them again to ensure accuracy.

Window replacements come mounted in a new jam, then you tilt them into the existing frame and attach them in place. Then trim the vinyl, seal the bottom gap with caulk.  

As we stated earlier in this piece, there are ample how-to videos online from the manufacturers and by others who have installed them. Some big-box home improvement stores hold classes that give you hands-on training for a window replacement that you may want to sign up to attend.

Do you install replacement windows from the inside or outside?

Most window replacements are exterior installed, however, there are situations that require the window installer finds it necessary for an interior install. This is determined on the day of installation as the installer does and examination upon arrival.

Do new windows increase home value?

There is an endless list of improvement projects you can do that will add value to your home, some more than others. New window replacement is at the top of that list for the most ROI from your investment, and it can be a costly investment. In the real estate game though, it is THE investment to make if you’re planning on selling your home.

Rough estimates only, spending $15,000 for new window replacement can add as much as $11,000 to your home’s value. That is almost a 75% return on your investment!   What if you plan on living there for the rest of your life? The obvious benefit will be the energy efficiency new windows will allow you.  

That isn’t all though … a window replacement job will update your home’s appearance. Customize window replacement can do a lot for a home’s appearance, but you can go with a standard window and the investment is not just for energy-saving or ROI on the real estate market. It also will give your home a new appearance on the outside and with the new windows will have more natural light coming in than you realize your missing. .

While we have mentioned already energy efficiency, there are several options available that can increase that efficiency. Low – E glass to solar UV blockers, the technology in new window replacement is constantly evolving. There is window replacement with blinds built inside between the glass panes, a definite ROI if you’re placing your home on the market, and if you’re not, a definite plus for your own energy bills.

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Do replacement windows come with sills?

A full-frame window replacement is much like a new construction window installation. They take the existing frame and sash out and the new window fits in that area, giving you an exceptional weather tightness and usually a larger viewing through the glass. 

If your home has any of the following issues, then a full-frame window replacement is the better option for you:

  • Window frame rot with the casing, sill, or trim
  • Windows isn’t a squared fit
  • You want different shapes or sizes of window

No matter how you look at window replacement, the cost will be worthwhile in the long run whether you’re selling or staying in the house, even going with the lowest-priced windows will be a benefit.

As with any large expenditure, like your HVAC system, or foundation repairs, get two or three window replacement estimates by well-known, reliable contractors. Request their quote in writing, a copy of their license and insurance, and references of recent jobs. Dial (512) 677-6817 today for your window replacement in Georgetown, TX!