If you’re thinking about replacing your windows, you’re not alone. Window replacement is one of the most popular home improvement projects. It’s also one of the most important home renovation projects. The top reasons to replace your home windows include significantly improving the appearance, comfort, and safety of your home.
Whether you are looking to replace old, drafty windows or update the style of your home, a successful window replacement project requires careful planning and attention to detail.
Let’s explore the key considerations you need to keep in mind when planning your window replacement project, from start to finish.
Here are 10 steps to help you plan your window replacement project:
- Evaluate Your Home Window Replacement Needs
The first step of window replacement is evaluating your needs. Ask yourself – why are you replacing your windows?
There are many reasons home owners want to replace home windows. Replacing your home’s windows in the Spring is a great time to make the necessary safety arrangements before Florida’s hurricane season starts. Other popular times to replace your home’s windows include when you sell your home and want to increase your home’s value, or when you purchase a home and want to invest in your home windows’ safety and longevity.
Consider the condition of your existing windows. Does your home need a glass window repair or a glass window replacement? If your existing windows are in good condition, you may be able to simply upgrade the glass. However, if your windows are in poor condition, replacement may be your best option.
Once you know what you’re hoping to achieve, you can start to narrow down your options.
- Budget for Your Window Replacement Cost
Next, you need to set a budget for your project. Window replacement can be a costly undertaking, so it’s important to know how much you’re willing to spend before you start shopping.
The average cost to replace windows in your home is $614 to $1,309 per window as of 2023. This cost includes the price of each window, plus the cost of professional labor and installation.
Window pricing will widely vary since there are several factors that affect your window replacement cost.
- Explore Window Styles and Options
Once you know what you’re looking for and how much you’re willing to spend, it’s time to start exploring the styles and options available.
Options seem to be limitless – so where should homeowners start? You may be familiar with the top window manufacturers, including PGT, Viviwinco and Custom Window Systems, but we suggest starting with your window style first.
For more information on window styles, follow our Window Replacement Guide to give you a better idea of the different styles, options, and extras available.
Take some time to research your options and find the windows that are right for your home.
Check out our Ultimate Guide to Windows to help you choose the right type of windows for your home.
- Choose the Right Window Replacement Company
Once you’ve narrowed down your options, it’s time to talk to window replacement companies. This is where all your research comes into play. You know what you want, and you have a general idea of how much it will cost. Local window replacement companies will validate your research, confirm window project details, and lay out a professional installation plan.
During this phase, you’ll make a list of potential replacement window companies you’ll want to manage your home window project. Things to look for include:
- Quotes within your stated budget
- Multiple authentic, 5-star reviews on review platforms like Google, Yelp, Angie’s List, and Facebook
- A showroom where they can show you examples of products
- Examples of home installation projects they’ve done
- A dedicated office you’re able to contact with staff who responds
- A dedicated project team (no sub-contractors)
- Valid license and insurance
- Installation warranty
Window replacement projects can be stressful, but a good window contractor will make the project simple and easy.
Check out our Window and Door Replacement Contractor Checklist to see how Sash & Sill sets ourselves apart from the competition.
- Get Permits
Florida Building Code stipulates that building permits are required for replacement of windows and sliding glass doors. Only licensed contractors or homeowners (acting as owner-builders) may obtain a permit to replace windows.
Sash & Sill is licensed under the State of Florida and will obtain the permit for you if you agree to do so in our quote. We have professionals who will make all the necessary drawings and calculations necessary to submit a complete application to your municipality.
- Prepare Home for Window Installation
Once you’ve chosen a contractor and gotten the necessary permits, it’s time to prepare your home for the installation. This may include cleaning up the areas outside and inside the window. Remove obstacles such as furniture and trim shrubs or trees that may get in the way of installation.
You can also remove window coverings like blinds, curtains, drapes, and any other window treatments that prevent easy access.
A professional window installation crew will do their best to protect your floors and other belongings. You can help by removing or protecting anything sensitive to dust, and keeping children and pets away from the work area.
- Install the Windows
The actual installation process will vary depending on the type of windows you’ve chosen and the contractor you’ve hired. Ask your window installation company what their process looks like and how you’ll be updated on project progress.
Typically, once an area has been protected and prepared, your installation team will begin to remove the old windows. At this point they may further inspect the opening for any damage and repair necessary. It’s important that any rotting wood or decaying frames are either removed or repaired before the new windows are installed.
Barring no issues, the crew will install the new windows, ensuring a perfect fit so the windows work properly. Installers then seal the area around the window and replace the trim as well.
- Clean Up
Once the installation is complete, a good contractor will clean up the work area. They should haul away and dispose of your old windows and any leftover debris. They will also clean up any dust and ensure nothing is left behind in the home. It should be as if the crew was never there.
- Verify the Work
The final step of the installation process is a final walkthrough with the window crew leader. They will walk through your home and do a final inspection of the windows to make sure they’re installed properly and that there are no problems. They should also show you how your new windows function, show you how to clean them, and answer any questions you may have.
- Enjoy your new windows!
With your new windows installed, you can enjoy the benefits of improved energy efficiency, security, and curb appeal. Your home will be more comfortable and more inviting, and you’ll save money on your energy bills.
Replacing your windows is a big project, but it’s one that can pay off in many ways. By following these 10 steps, you can plan your project carefully and ensure that your new windows are installed properly and that you’re happy with the results.
Sash and Sill is a window and door replacement company located in Sarasota, Florida. We offer a wide variety of windows and doors to choose from, and our team of experienced professionals can help you choose the right windows for your home and install them properly. Contact us today to learn more about our window replacement services.
If you’re ready to have replacement windows installed on your Sarasota, FL, home, contact Sash & Sill today to schedule an in-home consultation. We look forward to serving you.