7 Questions to Ask Before Replacing Your Windows

Ashley Christensen
September 15, 2023

The process of replacing your home's windows is exactly that, it is a process! Beginning with the decision to replace your windows, to deciding on the windows and contractor to install them, all the way through to the installation. There are a lot of factors that need to be considered, some that you might not have thought of, especially if you’ve never been through the process before.  

Whether you are still debating if you need to replace your windows, or if you are starting the process, here are some questions that you need to be asking to ensure you know what you are getting and what to expect with your window replacements in Logan, Utah. 

1- How do I know if moisture is the problem with my windows? 

There are many indicators that your windows have reached their life expectancy and are beginning to fail. One good indication that your windows are starting to fail is when you begin to notice moisture accumulating on the insides of your windows. 

When your windows are starting to fail, moisture will present itself in a few different ways. It can appear as fogging between the two sealed window panes, or condensation on the side of the window on the interior side of the window. This occurs, because the special seal that is used to hold the double panes together and in place, can begin to harden and crack over time. This is especially prevalent with vinyl windows, where the frame expands in the heat and contracts during the colder months. Over time, this process of expanding and contracting causes the seal to harden and crack, which in turn results in moisture and air between the panes. 

If you are experiencing moisture between the panes, there are a few things that you can try before you jump directly to replacing your windows. 

  • Be sure you are ventilating your home when you are cooking, showering, or doing laundry. You can also try using a dehumidifier. 
  • Raise the blinds, if you have them, to allow for air to circulate against the window. 

If you have tried these tips, and are still experiencing moisture between the panes, it is probably time you consider getting your window replaced. 

2- How long do windows last? 

Each brand and type of window is going to have a different life expectancy, but on average a well-maintained window can last anywhere from 20-50 years. If you are considering replacing the windows in your home, look closely at the condition of the windows, specifically for fogged glass, damaged frames, and even drafty rooms.

It won’t always be easy to tell how long a window will last simply based on the appearance of the frame and glass, and the manufacturer's warranty. Most windows come with a manufacturer’s lifetime warranty, giving the impression that the windows will last forever, but that isn't necessarily the case. There are many external factors that can affect the life span of a window, which is why it is difficult, if not impossible to guesstimate the lifetime of a window simply based on appearance. 

3- Should I replace all my windows at once? 

Replacing windows is a big project for any homeowner, which is why you should always feel free to return all of your windows at the same time. If budgetary or other concerns are preventing you from replacing all your windows at once, simply start by replacing what you can or need to replace first and gradually work towards replacing all the windows in your home. 

4- How do you choose which windows for your home? 

Once you have made the decision to replace the windows in your home, you may be surprised by the number of choices you have and the decisions you’ll need to make before you can order your new windows. These choices can include color, style, type of window, etc. 

  • Window Frames: new windows will be available in different materials: wood or vinyl. Vinyl is the most popular and most budget-friendly option, making up the majority of all windows sold. Vinyl windows are popular because they are available in different colors to match the exterior of your home. Additionally, vinyl windows are more energy-efficient and weather-resistant than wood windows, which makes them more durable and cost-effective.  
  • Window Types: the good news is that if you are replacing existing windows, you won’t have to stress too much over the types of windows you want. Part of this is due to the fact that the size of the window openings, will prevent you from being able to change the type of window. Window sizes will factor into the types of windows to ensure that each window functions as intended with few issues. 
  • Glass Package: regardless of the brand or type of window that you select, the most important feature of your window will be the glass portion of the window. If you are looking for an energy-efficient option, you’ll want to select windows that are equipped with a low emissivity coating (also known as Low-E), double-paned glass, and Aragon gas-filled between the panes. All of these options, when working together will play a critical role in allowing heat to pass into your home in the colder months and reflecting heat away in the warmer months. New windows all come equipped with a Low-E coating and are at minimum double-paned. 
  • Budget: Every brand of window available, offers different series of windows. Each series is very similar yet different at the same time. One series is going to be more economical, whereas the other series is going to offer more energy-efficient ratings. From a distance, or an untrained eye the two can look the same. A higher series will have elements built into the frame, which makes them more energy efficient than the lower series of windows. If budget is a concern, there are options available to help you get the beautiful new windows you need and want without breaking the bank. 

5- How much do new windows cost? 

There are a plethora of factors that contribute to the cost of new windows–size, style, color, brand, series, etc. The best way to get the exact cost of how much your new windows will cost is to receive a free estimate. One of our experienced technicians will come out and look at your existing windows and measure them to be able to provide an accurate estimate to replace your windows. 

6- When is the best time to replace my windows

Depending on who you ask, you’ll probably receive different answers to this question. The most popular times are late spring through early fall, due to the warmer weather. Just because these are the more popular months, doesn’t mean they are the only times; windows can be replaced all year long, depending on your preference. Another factor to consider when deciding when to have your windows replaced is to factor in that during the popular times of year means that installation can take longer, as installers will be busy installing other windows. 

7- How do I prepare for a window replacement? 

Once you have decided on windows and they have been ordered, you’ll need to get ready for the windows to be installed. When the time comes, you’ll need to remove any curtains or blinds covering the windows so that the installer has full access to the window. Be sure you also move all furniture that is located in front of the window, giving the installers a minimum of three feet on either side to move freely and have complete access to the window. Be sure that nothing of value or breakable is close to the window to eliminate any potential accidental breakage. Once you have removed anything from in front of the window, you are ready for your new windows to be installed; so sit back and relax while the expert installers do their job. 

Homeowners in Logan, Utah, and the surrounding areas who are looking for window replacements can trust their window needs to Gordon’s Glass. For over 50 years, Gordon’s Glass has been replacing and installing new windows; with all their years of experience, you are guaranteed to get quality window installation, that will leave you loving your new windows for years to come. To get started replacing your windows, contact Gordon’s Glass today and schedule a FREE estimate and learn how they can help you replace your windows today! 


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