Windows: Do They All Need to be Replaced Together?

Windows: Do They All Need to be Replaced Together?

When it comes time to replace the windows in your house, you have a decision to make. You need to decide whether you’re going to replace all your windows at the same time during your home renovation. Part of this depends on whether you’re replacing a window because it’s broken, or because you want to replace all of your windows. We always recommend that when it comes to replacement windows, you try to replace as many as possible at the same time.

There are several reasons for this which will be discussed later in this article. Generally speaking, if you have the financial means to do a total replacement for your home renovation, then that’s what you should do. Of course, your budget may not allow you to do this. We’re not going to pretend that it’s not expensive to have a total window replacement and installation. However, if this is something you’ve been meaning to do for quite some time, you probably anticipated the cost and budgeted accordingly.

Here, we’ll discuss the various reasons why it makes sense to replace all your windows simultaneously during a home renovation. Will also explain what options you have if you’re not financially able to do so this. Some home renovations take a lot longer than others. That doesn’t mean that ultimately, you won’t enjoy the benefits of new windows around your home. It just means that you’ll need to do a gradual replacement rather than a total replacement. Either way, our home renovation contractors will come out to your home and give you an idea of what it will cost to do a total replacement. They can also answer any other questions or concerns you may have.

You Want to Ensure that Your Replacement Windows Are All the Same For Your Home Renovation

One of the reasons you should replace all your windows at the same time is so that they match. The last thing you want to do is have mismatched windows on the 1st and 2nd floors of your home. When you meet with your contractor, check to see how many of your chosen window they have in stock. If they have enough to cover your entire home, you may want to go ahead and purchase them even if you’re not ready for a total install.

Depending on the make model of the windows you’ve chosen for your home, the manufacturer could change their design in 6 to 12 months. If that happens, you’ll have no way to ensure that you have a uniform set of windows throughout your home. Some of our clients don’t care that their windows don’t match. To them, it’s not about aesthetics, it’s about energy efficiency. It’s also about the age of the windows in their home. For example, if you have 24 windows in your home, and you replaced 12 of them two years ago, it would be foolish to lay out money to replace them all over again now. However, if it’s been more than 10 years since you’ve replaced any of the windows in your home, it would be in your best interest to do a total replacement rather than to piece meal the project.

There Will Be Much Less Labor Involved if You Have All Your Windows Done Together

Part of the cost of having replacement windows installed in your home is the cost of labor. It doesn’t matter who you select to do the install, they’re going to need to charge you for their time. If they’ve already come out to your house and have the equipment there, it makes sense for them to complete the job. If the contractors need to come out and work on your home renovations two separate times, you’ll have to pay for their labor two separate times. This doesn’t seem very cost effective.

What we recommend is that you maximize your budget so you can get a full set of replacement windows of a certain quality and have them installed at the same time. If this means you have to wait a few months before you make the splurge, then so be it. Sometimes it’s better to wait a few months so that you have the financial resources to replace all 24 windows rather than just a few.

You Risk the Windows You Chose Selling Out and Being Unavailable Down the Road

As unlikely as it may sound, there’s always the chance that you buy half of your windows today and when you go back in a few months to get the rest they’re out of stock. For all you know, the company stopped making those windows since the last time you bought them. This is something that even your expert window installer would not be privy to when they first came out to do the estimate. Unfortunately, you will learn the hard way like all the other homeowners.

Rather than risk this happening, you’re better off purchasing all of the windows at one time. If you truly can’t afford the labor install today, you can always put it off for six to eight months and have the contractors come back. You just want to make sure that you don’t attempt to have them installed in the cold months. You’ll pay much more for labor if you’re asking a team to come out and perform home renovations in November or December. It may be better to get the entire job done in spring or even summer.

It’s Sometimes Better to Schedule All Your Home Renovations at One Time

Another thing to consider when it comes to installing your windows is your own schedule. You will have a team of contractors at your house prepared to do the install. These workers will have access to your home and may need to consult you from time to time. This means you may need to take off a few days from work. If you’re getting replacement windows installed on a vacation home, or rental property, you’ll have to travel to that location and be on hand in case the supervisor needs you. Rather than have to schedule yourself off two separate times, it makes more practical sense to knock it all out and won’t blow. However, if that’s not in your budget at this time, we understand. Just let one of our technicians know what your plan is ahead of time, so they know how many workers to bring.

Call Our Office if You’re Looking to Install Replacement Windows Right Away For Your Home Renovation

If you’re looking to install replacement windows in your home in the next month or two for a home renovation, it’s a good idea to call our office now. This is one of the busiest times of year for window installers, and we want to make sure we’re available for you. If you’re not looking to have your windows installed until next year, it may be a bit early to think about buying the materials and scheduling the installation. Since we are still in the warm months, it may be a good idea to schedule to have the entire job finished in the month of September and October. Not only is this convenient for you and our team of contractors, but it also means you’ll have your energy efficient windows in place before the cold, winter months.

We suggest you contact our office today and speak with one of our representatives. You can schedule to have someone come out and do an estimate on your home right over the phone. Once they come out and you communicate the work you need to have done, they will let you know an estimated price and timeline. Since this estimate is free, you have nothing to lose.

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