Tips & Advice
What are the safest windows for a children’s room?
Windows that open from the top are safest for children, assuming the child can't reach the opening. Parents who have windows that open from the bottom or sides can childproof them with wedges or window guards.
What are questions to ask a window installation company?
- How long have you been in business?
- Do you have any references or past work I can see?
- Do you provide free estimates?
- How much will the project cost?
- When will the project be completed?
- Is the crew hired or contracted, and do you conduct background checks?
- Who will be in my home?
- Do you offer a warranty?
Should all windows be replaced at the same time?
Not necessarily. Unless all the windows are equally damaged or pose equal danger, homeowners can stagger their replacements to suit their budget.
What are the options on window frames?
- Wood frames are beautiful and can be customized with paint and stains, but they also expand and contract as the weather changes. They're also susceptible to rot, mold, and pests. As such, wood frames require constant maintenance.
- Vinyl frames are far more durable than wood. They resist moisture and are usually created with ultraviolet light stabilizers. This prevents the sun from damaging the frames over time. In addition, vinyl frames can be filled with insulation.
- Aluminum frames are light and weather resistant, but they also conduct heat rapidly.
- Fiberglass frames are the sturdiest option. Like vinyl options, they can be filled with insulation. Fiberglass frames also resist weather damage and do not crack, peel, expand, contract, bend, or warp.
What's the difference between single-, double-, and triple-pane windows?
Single-pane windows use one sheet of glass. Double-pane windows use two sheets of glass held together by a sealant. A small space between the panes is filled with air or gas to minimize the transfer of heat. Triple-pane windows add another sheet of glass and insulating space.
How much does it cost to install new windows?
Installing a new window can cost anywhere from $400 to $700 total. Parts cost between $200 and $400 on average, while labor costs between $200 and $300.
Can replacing windows save money on a heating bill?
Yes. Replacing single-paned glass windows with double- or triple-paned options provides better insulation, keeping the home's temperature regulated. However, the higher cost of purchasing and installing the new windows will cut into the energy bill savings.
Can windows be self-installed or is it better to use a window company?
Depending on your skill level, the number of windows you're replacing, and how much time you have, you can install windows on your own. However, it's typically easier to hire a professional window installer, who will have the right tools and experience. Plus, should something go awry, the installer will know what to do.
How can I tell when it's time to replace windows?
Look for these tell-tale signs that your windows are wearing out:
- Condensation forms on the inside of the window.
- The sash or outer frame is damaged or warped.
- The age of the windows compromises the value of the home.
- The home feels drafty or the electric bill is increasing for no other reason, indicating the windows have shrunk or no longer close properly.
How often should windows be replaced?
- Most windows have a lifespan of between 15 and 50 years.
- Vinyl windows typically last between 20 and 40 years.
- Wood windows should last for about 30 years.
- Aluminum windows generally last about 15 to 20 years.