There are numerous falsehoods out there when it comes to replacing windows. False information tends to fuel the notion that windows are not very important, and that replacing them should not be a main priority, when the reality couldn’t be more different. We at Derek Cook construction know that windows are an integral part of your home and that failing to prioritize their maintenance on the same level as roofing and siding will hurt the integrity of your home in the long run. Here are 5 myths that exist out there regarding window replacement, and why they are false.
Myth 1: Old or Outdated Windows Aren’t a Problem
People often underestimate the impact outdated windows have on their home. Going far beyond the aesthetic, windows help regulate internal temperature and keep out debris and moisture from entering into your home. Failing to update your windows means taking a risk on both of these things, resulting in leaking warm air and increased vulnerability to the elements that only gets worse in the long run. At the very least you will have to deal with increased energy consumption and maintenance costs, at the very most you make yourself liable to serious structural damage.
Myth 2: Window Replacement Can be DIY So Long As You Are Careful
We get it: windows aren’t cheap. Which is why you may want to cut the labor cost out and try to install them yourself. However, this is a risky move, especially if you don’t have proper training or have never done it before, and that you may end up costing yourself more in the long run. Doing the job yourself with no training tends to result in less than prime insulation that would result in increased heating bills. Furthermore, even the smallest gap or seam is a direct exposure to outdoor forces and can spell disaster for your home’s interior. The consequences of that will likely far exceed the cost of having a professional install them. Having a certified contractor do the job and eliminate the risk is well worth the price.
Myth 3: The Energy Star Certification is the Only Important Label to Consider
Let’s say that you have decided to pull the trigger and get new windows, to which we agree is a smart decision(obviously). Chances are that you are doing it to increase energy efficiency, so it makes sense that one of the things on your checklist for the windows is an Energy Star certification. This is a certification given to show that a product/building has achieved a certain level of efficiency and that it is cost effective in its energy consumption/preservation. While this obviously important, it’s not the only label you should be looking for. You should also keep an eye out for U-factor number, which gives you more details about the windows insulation abilities. This is valuable information that will help you get a better idea of how much you will be saving annually, and therefore be able to work out a more accurate cost-benefit analysis on whether this is the right product for you.
Myth 4: There is Little Distinguishable Difference Between Double Pane and Triple Pane
Double Pane windows can absolutely be great windows, but that doesn’t mean that they are on par with triple pane. The extra pane that is included in triple pane allows for another layer of energy efficient gas to be placed in between glass. This also allows for more noise reduction. Regardless of how high the quality of a double pane window is, the triple pane will always have a physical advantage in terms of the protection and quality it provides.
Myth 5: It Doesn’t Matter What Contractor You Choose to Install the Windows
Not every contractor is created equal, and the quality of work consistently delivered often varies depending on who you hire. A bad installation job done by an irresponsible contractor could undermine the investment you made into your windows, and even cause significant damage to your home. Therefore, it is vital that you choose a contractor that has a consistent record of success, and has had plenty of experience in the business.
With over 20 years in the exterior remodeling business, we at Derek Cook are more than ready for the job. We specialize in providing the best work possible for roofing, siding, and of course roofing. If you are planning on replacing your windows or performing any other kind of exterior job, feel free to contact us or fill out an inquiry. We’d love to work with you!