If your home needs new windows, you want to have this work done as soon as possible. New and durable windows will help to insulate the interior and keep it comfortable, whereas old windows can be draughty and allow in heat or cold air, increasing your utility bills throughout the year. When you know your home needs new windows, be sure you know the truth about your replacement options, so you choose the best type for your home and have them installed properly.

Installing windows is easy

Installing your home's new windows should always be left to the pros; if those windows are not installed perfectly level and even, they can put added weight on the home's framework, and also allow in drafts and hot air. They may also not open and close easily, and wood windows especially may begin to creak and groan over time.

New windows also need to be sealed or caulked properly so there are no water leaks around their frames. You might also be surprised at how heavy replacement windows are, and dropping one can mean a replacement window now needs replacing! To avoid all these risks, leave this work to a professional.

Replacing windows damages the framework of the home

Taking out windows can mean a temporary lack of support for the home's framework in that area, but a professional installer will know how to support a home's frame properly, if necessary, so that it doesn't start to sag. Note, too, that smaller windows don't typically take very long to install, so having an empty area of the home's framework for that short amount of time isn't typically dangerous. Older windows may also not be providing proper support for the home, so replacing them can be the better and stronger option overall.

The U-value is the most important feature to consider for new windows

A window's U-value refers to how much heat passes through the glass; it's good to have windows with a lower U-value for homes in very warm climates, or for windows that get lots of direct sunlight. However, if your home is in a moderate climate, you might consider other important features instead. In draughty or colder homes, look for double-glazed or triple-glazed panes, to help keep warmth in the home. If you're worried about crime and break-ins, a toughened glass can be the most important choice for first floors. If you're sensitive to sunlight, note that the U-value blocks heat but not light, so opt for a tinted or reflective glass.