Myth #1: My New Windows Won’t Match the Look of My Home
This is a common concern—especially for homeowners with older homes, or those with a specific architectural style. They want new windows to replace their old, drafty ones, but they want to maintain the character of their home.
Fortunately for homeowners, there are many options when it comes to replacement windows. For example, if you have a mid-century modern home, you could go with replacement windows that have thinner frames. If you have a more traditional style of home, you could go with a thicker frame and window grids between the panes of glass.
Michal Kuron, owner of Custom Exchange, a window replacement company in Pleasanton, California, had this to say:
At our replacement window company, we work closely with homeowners to make sure they get new windows that complement and enhance the style of their home. There’s nothing worse than windows that stick out like a sore thumb because they don’t work with the home’s architecture. We make sure we provide our customers with windows that are not only energy efficient, but that also will improve the curb appeal of their homes.”
Myth #2: All Vinyl Replacement Windows are Basically the Same
For those who aren’t familiar with vinyl replacement windows (the most popular type of replacement windows currently on the market), it can be easy to assume that they are pretty much all the same. While it’s true that the basic elements can be very similar—white vinyl frames and double panes of glass—the less obvious features can make a big difference when it comes to a window’s energy efficiency and durability.
For example, the type of spacer used between the two panes of glass in a dual pane window is instrumental in keeping out the heat and cold. If you care about energy efficiency, look for a non-metallic spacer. The type of vinyl that is used for the frames is also important. Cheap vinyl will yellow over time. You should also look at the hardware and locking devices, as they can vary greatly from brand to brand.
The takeaway: Don’t just look for the cheapest replacement windows on the market. When it comes to windows, you usually get what you pay for.
Myth #3: Anyone Can Install Replacement Windows
There are many videos on the internet showing homeowners how to install their own replacement windows, or people often think they can just hire a handyman to do the job and save a few bucks. However, neither of these are recommended. First, and probably most important, you could possibly void your replacement window warranty if your windows are not properly installed. Second, improper installation could keep you from experiencing the energy efficiency benefits of new windows.
Go with a replacement company in your area that specializes in window installation. Their installers typically do only window installations all day, every day. It’s worth the extra money to get a good result and avoid problems down the road.