According to a 2016 survey of cost versus value done by Remodeling Magazine, replacement windows in upscale homes have a 92% return on investment. If you’ve been considering replacement windows in your home, now might be a good time to take action. Not only will you enjoy energy savings, a beautiful new look and noise reduction while you live in your home, you may recover more than 90% of your investment when you resell your home. That’s something to think about.
Replacement window installation involves more than following a series of steps. It also requires using the proper installation method for the application with the proper supplemental products and in the proper sequence. This may or may not be specifically spelled out. For either case, here are some tips from the field that will help installation go smoothly.
- Be familiar with the Standard Installation Practice ASTM E2112. Understanding this foundational fenestration document is critical to sound installation. Many manufacturers even reference this document in their own installation instructions.
- Be familiar with regional code window installation requirements for your area. Most manufacturer installation instructions defer to code. Yet, in many cases, construction code(s) specify manufacturer installation instructions. Ultimately, there’s a shared “balance” of information.
- Communicate dealer to manufacturer, dealer to installer, installer to homeowner, and every other possible channel. Communication can fail an installation or save it.
- Order windows as factory-complete as possible. Include installed jamb extensions, exterior trim and completed mulling whenever possible. Ship with “sash out” if manageable weight is a factor. A thorough order will save significant installation time. Sweat the details on the takeoff.
- For full-frame replacement sizing, factor in all three perimeter widths and heights of each opening. Consider interior trim-to-trim (or returns), exterior veneer-to-veneer and rough opening before ordering the windows. You may have to settle on the highest priority perimeter but, if you don’t, you’ll spend much additional time fitting the window.
- If you’re looking to control solar gain, you’ll want to use extra high-efficiency forms of Low-E insulated glass to reject more of the sun’s heat and damaging rays while letting you enjoy window light.
- If you desire abundant natural light and fresh air, consider window styles such as horizontal sliders and casements as well as sliding patio doors that let in lots of air and light. Ventilating skylights are a great way to let in more light while providing a place for rising warm air to leave the house.
- Windows on the north, east and west walls can all be great for balancing interior light with natural light but can be energy drains in cold climates. Replacing these windows with energy-efficient options can help improve your heating bills
- In a replacement project, you have the opportunity to change the operation style of your existing window or even put in a patio door.
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