Of all the home improvement projects that you can take on, your Home Window Replacement Project is probably the most important, and definitely offers up the most return on investment. Fortunately many Houston consumers understand this and consequently choose energy-efficient window replacement products for their home. Still, homeowners make other mistakes that could potentially wipe out the potential gains they would achieve from choosing higher grade energy efficient window replacement products. At Gulf Coast Windows, it’s our job to help you avoid these common mistakes that first-time home window replacement buyers make so that you get the highest return on your investment.
Mistakes First-Time Window Buyers Make
1. Making a Decision Based on Price Alone
Money…pricing…it always seems to be the elephant in the room, so lets address that first. Of course cost matters and should be taken into serious condition and absolutely budget matters. Still, buying windows and doors for your home is an investment that if done correctly you’ll only have to make once over the lifetime of your home. Buying a quality product that is built to last the first go round will ultimately save you from having to buy again down the road. So although cost is a consideration, looking at how the product is made, how long you can expect it to last before it will need to be replaced and what kind of warranty you’ll be getting is of the utmost importance in making your decision. Cheap windows and aren’t such a bargain when you have to replace them sooner than if you bought a better quality product that would not have to be replaced nearly as soon. It becomes even less of a bargain after your second or third replacement.
2. Failing to Buy Windows from a Well-known Brand
As consumers when out shopping for things we need or want 9 times out of 10 we will go straight for the brands that we know. Chances are when shopping for a new t.v. you’ll look at Samsung or LG first, if you need to replace your washer and dryer you’ll make a beeline for Kenmore or Whirlpool, need a new mobile phone you’ll go to Sprint, Verizon or At&t first. Why? Because these are the brands you know and trust. They have been around for a while and chances are will be around for a long time to come. They have a track record of proven success. The same applies to windows. Your homes replacement windows should come from a manufacturer whose reputation you know and trust. That is why at Gulf Coast Windows we only carry products that we are proud of, like our own Performer Series Windows and products from Jeld-Wen, Pella and Renewal By Andersen to name just a few. Each of these manufacturers are well-known and respected in the industry for their high quality products. Additionally, should the need for replacement parts ever arise you won’t have any issues tracking them down when you purchase from a reputable manufacturer.
3. Not Having your Windows Installed by Specialists
Do you have the necessary skills to replace your own windows…does your contractor or handyman? The level of skills needed to replace windows can vary, depending on the replacement project type and should never be taken lightly. There is always the potential that something unforeseen can go wrong. Can you actually handle the brick or stucco work yourself? can your contractor? Installing a full-frame replacement window or insert replacement window is a lot more complex than you might think. An insert replacement window allows you to keep the existing window frame and trim, whereas a full-frame replacement window requires a complete tear-out and replacement of the existing one. The magnitude of the actual replacement project varies a great deal and the skills involved in the installation should match the project through and through. Having your windows installed by the professionals can save you time and money in the long run and always ensures that you are warranted and protected should the need to be so arises.
Since 1983 the team at Gulf Coast Windows has worked hard to develop a solid reputation as a business that our customers can trust, and we’re pleased that so many of them have come back to us repeatedly. Our team takes the time to make sure your installation is done right and our window install crews are fully trained to our unwavering standards of excellence. We pay attention to every detail with each order and we never cut corners when are installing your new windows. One of our lead installers oversees each job to ensure that it meets our specifications.
You can trust Gulf Coast Windows to help you make the right choices for your Home Window Replacement Project. Contact us today or stop by our showroom to learn more about our products and services.