Has an errant toy ball broken one of your windows? Or maybe you're simply interested in more energy efficient windows? Before you get too far in your window installation planning, here are some myths, as well as the truth behind them:
Anyone can install windows. Many people believe that since the hole is already in the wall, window installation is as simple as popping the old window out and putting the new one in its place. However, this is not the case. If the window is even a little out of alignment, opening the window will be difficult or even impossible to accomplish. Also, you could end up leaving entryways for air and insects to come in from outside.
You have to replace all your windows at once. It's a common mistake that you need to replace all your windows at the same time, either for aesthetic reasons or to maximize your energy savings. But if your budget is small, there is nothing wrong with replacing a few windows at a time. At first, you might choose to confine your window installation to a particular room or to the windows at the front of the house. As your budget allows, you can replace more windows.
Window installation must be done when the weather is perfect. Windows need replacing year round, not just when the weather is good. This is something that a window installation company understands completely. If the weather is poor, they will only install one window at a time, in order to minimize the amount of time that the interior of your home is exposed to the elements. If the weather is nice, they may work on multiple windows at a time.
Window installation will take a long time and leave your home a mess. This is simply untrue. Depending on the condition of your current windows, each window could be replaced in as little as an hour. In addition, professional window installers, like those at Gilkey Windows, use drop cloths and other items to help keep dirt and debris from the window installation from contaminating your furniture and carpet.
The best windows are the most expensive ones. While you probably don't want to buy the cheapest windows you can find, you don't have to buy the most expensive ones either. Figure out a budget ahead of time and figure out which windows are the best ones that you can afford. As previously mentioned, you can do window installation in groups to better help you stay within your budget.