Replacement Windows and Doors in Glenview, Illinois
When you’ve been thinking about replacing the windows in your Glenview home, you might be wondering what to focus on as a priority. In other words, what matters most when it comes to those brand new windows?
The answer to this question is going to differ from one homeowner to the next, so just because your cousin or sibling or parent is telling you what to focus on, that doesn’t mean that it’s what you should be focusing on. What is important to you? What do you want to do with your home? Are you thinking about changing the size of your windows? What about the type of windows that you currently have?
How would a change in style of window, or type, or even size impact each room in your home? Would it affect the furniture that you have in that room? Or would that not make much difference as far as appearance or appeal?
How much should you consider spending when it comes to window replacement in your home? Should you try to focus on saving money because you’re thinking about selling your home in a year or two? Or should you go all-in and do the best job that you can, expecting that you’re going to get a return on this investment in the long run?
There are so many questions to consider when it comes to window replacement for your Glenview home, that you should certainly take the time before making any final decisions.
Start at the beginning …
For some homeowners, price is one of the most important factors when it comes to window replacement. However, if you start out focusing on the price of the windows, you could end up painting yourself into the proverbial corner, leaving yourself with few options that are worth much at all.
While it’s important to understand how much you can afford when it comes to your new windows, that doesn’t mean that you should start out limiting your budget to what the cheapest windows you can find happen to be.
Instead, focus on what you want out of your windows. Are you looking for windows just to replace old, dingy looking ones? Or are you interested in getting functionality, value, and energy efficiency from your windows?
You could certainly spend rock bottom prices for cheap new windows, but you could be missing out on some incredible cost savings over the life of your windows, and that could directly limit the impact that new windows would have on the value of your home.
So put price out of your mind for the moment. Even if you visited your local home improvement outlet warehouse and saw that you could get new double hung windows for $140 a piece. Those are entry level windows and they’re not going to offer you much of any type of benefit. You would, essentially, be throwing good money out the window (pardon the pun) if you go that route (and far too many homeowners in Glenview and throughout the region unfortunately do).
You might be wondering why you would be throwing money away. First, those windows are low quality. You would do better to just paint over your existing windows for all the good that those new ones would offer. You wouldn’t experience much cost savings with regard to energy efficiency, either.
Those are windows that home builders use. That should tell you all that you need to know. Remember, home builders want to spend as little as possible on the materials that they use, so that they maximize the profits that they earn. So, they are more than happy to install those windows in new homes, because they don’t care about the future homebuyer, who isn’t going to understand that they’re getting entry level windows that could end up costing them a fortune on heating and cooling expenses through the years.
So don’t make price your most important consideration when it comes to window replacement. Set your budget range, and then focus on functionality and preferences.
Functionality and preferences for your new windows.
You might have an idea about what you’d like to get from your brand new windows, and it might be an entirely new window. For example, you might have an old, outdated picture window that you believe would be better as a bay window, or bow window. You might decide that the window could benefit from having a double hung window on either side, rather than the casement window that is currently there.
No options are out of the question when you’re replacing the windows in your home. You should open the curtains, throw open the blinds, and take a good, long, hard look at the windows that you currently have and try to envision the impact that new ones could have on light, aesthetics, and functionality.
Do you want windows that open up and down like double hungs? What about windows that open along the vertical plane, like casements? Would you prefer to have a nice, large, open bay window? How about a new picture window, but one that keeps the heat of the sun from killing your cooling budget in the summer?
Low-E windows are great for helping to block some of the heat from UV rays during the spring and summer months.
What about keeping out the cold air during the winter? How important is that to you? We live in a part of the country that gets cold and blustery during the winter, and that means you could be spending a lot of money just to heat your home during the winter. Do you want to save hundreds of dollars every year potentially with new windows? Then you need to take that into consideration as well.
When you want the best windows for your home that will save you money and help you get the most pleasure from your home, contact a company that has built a solid reputation as a leader in the industry. All Star Products has been serving the Glenview area since 1987 and we have a reputation that can’t be matched. Contact our professional team today.