7 Common Window Replacement Mistakes and How to Avoid Them

7 Common Window Replacement Mistakes and How to Avoid Them
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    These days it seems that you can build and repair just about anything thanks to the plethora of DIY tutorials on the internet.

    If you could build an entire birdhouse on your own, how difficult could replacing a tiny window be? Well, quite difficult, if we're being completely honest.


If you’ve ever taken part in your home renovation, you’d know that window placement is one of the most difficult aspects of the process. That’s because there are so many window replacement mistakes that you could make if you’re not too careful. If you don’t have a formidable DIY skill set, then it’s best to leave window replacement to the pros.

However, if you insist on doing it on your own, then this post is just for you. In this piece, we’ll highlight some of the most common window replacement mistakes you could make. We’ll also look at ways you could sidestep these mistakes for a perfect window replacement job.

1. Inaccurate and Inconsistent Measurements

The first and most devastating mistake you could make when replacing your windows is taking inaccurate and inconsistent measurements.

Inconsistent measurement is when opposite edges don’t measure the same length. This is a clear mistake unless you’re going for a trapezoid window or something of that sort.

The problem with inaccurate measurements is that the window won’t fit in the cut-out. The window will either be too big or too small for the window hole.

The latter is much easier to fix than the former, but both turn out disastrous.

The most common reason for inaccurate measurements is taking measurements with the old window still in place.

Doing so doesn’t account for sanding, cleaning, and other window placement preparation procedures. Ultimately, you’ll end up with a larger hole to fill after you finish preparing for window placement.

Avoid using the previous measurements for your replacement window. Instead, slim down the window hole to fit the new window. That’s the only way your new window can fit snugly in its hole.

2. Basing Your Window Choice Only on Price

The average pocket pincher will go for the cheapest window available. After all, at the end of the day, a window is just a window. While there’s nothing wrong with hunting for a good deal, there’s a problem when the deal is too good.

Ridiculously cheap windows typically don’t last as much as you’d want them to. So although you might save a few dollars, you’ll still have to spend a bundle on frequent repairs and replacements. You’re also missing out on a bunch of neat features that higher-quality windows offer.

High-quality windows don’t come cheap, but they’re worth every penny. Such windows are denser, which makes for better insulation and efficiency. This translates to improved temperature regulation and much better living space for you and your family.

3. Replacing Your Window With the Same Type of Window

No one will blame you for replacing your window with the exact type of window you had before. After all, it’s much easier to replace a window you’re already familiar with. Plus, your previous window might have served you very well.

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However, replacing your window gives you an ideal opportunity to explore new window designs and technologies. New window designs and technologies will help increase comfort, save energy, and reduce maintenance. Just make sure you pick the right design and type of window, so you don’t regret it.

4. Forgetting About Maintenance

No, you don’t have to maintain the window the moment you replace it, but later on, you’ll have to. You probably know just how taxing, and expensive window maintenance could be. As such, it’s a good idea to replace your window with maintenance in mind.

You need to pick materials that are easy and inexpensive to maintain. For instance, aluminum, clad, or vinyl windows rarely need any painting and retain their finish for a good long time. Wood and steel windows, on the other hand, require a fresh coat of paint every five years.

5. Forgetting Glazing Options

Don’t forget to factor in glazing options with your next window replacement. Apart from clear glazing, you can also consider tinted or reflective glazing for your windows. The glazing you opt for could help with energy-efficiency and privacy too.

Some glazing types have low-emmisivity, which means that they still allow sunlight in, but block ultra-violet rays. For the best results, consider a few glazing options for your next window replacement.

6. Replacing Your Windows at the Wrong Time

Window replacement is a lengthy process that could disrupt your usual routines. If it drags on into the night, then it might make the affected room uninhabitable. So it’s best to plan your window replacement ahead so that it isn’t too disruptive.

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Your house will probably be a bit dusty when you remove your old window. It’s a good idea to remove any furniture so that they don’t gather any dust during the process. Transferring the furniture may be a hassle and interfere with your home’s comfort.

Plan your window replacement for a free day when you’re not expecting any guests. Otherwise, your guests may not feel too welcome. Hiring a window replacement contractor helps you save time and resources and is less disruptive.

7. Overlooking Security

Your window is an ideal entry point for burglars and intruders, and also pests and vermin. So when replacing your windows, don’t forget about the issue of security. For instance, you shouldn’t neglect the type of window locks you install.

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You should also consider fixed sashes as opposed to operable sashes to improve your privacy. Special locks are a great way to boost your security if you live in an insecure neighborhood.

Take Caution and Avoid These Window Replacement Mistakes

Replacing a window is definitely not rocket science, but there’s a lot that could go wrong. Window replacement mistakes are avoidable, but it takes a lot of diligence and hard work to avoid them. If you’re not very confident, then you should hire a professional window contractor for your window replacement.

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