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The Ultimate Window Replacement Buying Guide

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With the arrival of spring, many people are inspired by the fresh start of the season and begin planning home improvements. It might seem like spring is the optimal time to replace the windows in your home. However, window replacement and installation doesn’t have to be seasonal. 

In this article, we’ll discuss when you should replace your windows, how to measure for new windows, and the different types of windows to choose from. 


When Is the Best Time for Window Replacement?

Once you decide it is time to replace your windows, schedule a consultation with a window professional to get more details about what your project might entail. The consultant should be able to tell you how long installation would take and the best time to schedule your project. Because of supply chain nightmares, the replacement of windows takes longer than usual, if you want windows in before the winter you should have your order in before August. If the windows are shaped or tempered glass then June would give you enough time. 

There are pros and cons to window installation during all seasons, but summer and winter can be a challenging time because of the potential for extreme hot or cold temperatures, especially if you are replacing multiple windows throughout your home. Having many windows out all at once will cause an extreme temperature shift throughout the house and make it uncomfortable. That is why Tom Adams Windows and Carpets replaces 1 to 2 windows at a time to minimize too much air ventilation, bugs and dust in the home. Summer and winter are also tricky for installations because of snow or thunderstorms that could throw your installation off schedule.

Scheduling your window installation in the spring or early summer when temperatures are milder can be to your advantage because it will make the least impact on your home heating and cooling bills. However, you may save money by planning your window replacement for the fall.

Since a lot of home window replacements will take place in the summer months, you may be able to find off season deals during the fall or winter. Prices may be a little lower, and you may also have an easier time scheduling your installation because fewer customers will be competing for installations.Take advantage of Tom Adams’s Monthly Sales. 

If you do choose to schedule your window replacement project for colder months, you have options to protect your home from extreme weather. You can schedule your windows to be installed one at a time so there is less weather exposure in your home. 

Long story short – the season you pick for window replacement doesn’t matter all that much. The decision comes down to how you want to manage your project and what is most convenient for you.


How to Measure Windows for Replacement 

Are you wondering how to measure windows for replacement? Many window installation professionals will provide a complimentary consultation to measure your windows for you, but if you want to save a little time, you can measure and order your new windows yourself. Window measurements will include width, height, and depth.

To measure the width, you must measure between the jambs at three points: top, middle, and bottom of the window opening. Measure from the surface of the jambs, not the trim strips or parting beads. You will use the smallest measurement when ordering the window.

To measure the height, you measure from the high point of the sill to the top of the window opening. Again, you will take three measurements, one on the left, one on the right and the final one in the center, and you will submit the smallest of these measurements for your order.

To measure your depth, ignore any type of parting strips or pulleys, as these will likely be removed during the new window installation. There must be at least 3 ¼ inches of depth between the inside of the window trim and outside blind stop strips to allow for the new window installation. 

If you don’t want the hassle and worry of measuring your own windows, you don’t have to! Tom Adams Windows and Carpets will measure them for you and provide an estimate for free.


What Are the Different Types of Windows?

As with most other structural home improvement projects, there are many different types of windows to choose from. Each has different features, styles, and appearances. In addition to the look you want, it is important to consider the functionality you need. Think about whether you will be opening or closing the window a lot, or if you want a certain amount of light to be let in. It also helps to consider what it takes to clean and maintain each type of window you look at.

Here are some common types of replacement windows: 

Double-Hung Windows

Double-hung windows have a classic look and operable upper and lower sashes. Lowering the top and raising the bottom sash allows warmer air to climb near the ceiling from the top, while cooler air can come through the bottom sash. Double hung windows are easy to clean, as they tilt inward so you can reach the exterior. 

Single-Hung Windows

Single-hung windows look similar to double hung windows, but only the lower sash will raise and lower. They also tilt inward for easy cleaning. These windows have lost popularity because of the difficulty in cleaning the top sash on the outside.

Sliding Windows

Sliding windows feature one or more panels that move horizontally along an upper and lower track. You can easily open half the window for air movement. But they are not as air tight as the other windows.

Picture Windows

Picture windows are available in designs or shapes to add visual appeal to your home. They are usually fixed in place and do not allow for any type of ventilation. Often, picture windows allow for wide, unobstructed views and provide lots of sunlight. 

Bay & Bow Windows

Bay and Bow windows extend out from the exterior of the house. They are usually an assembly of three (bay) or more (bow) individual units positioned at slight angles, giving the appearance of a slightly outward arc. 

Casement Windows

Casement windows are hinged on one end and can pivot out for ventilation at the other end.  They are easy to open and provide good air flow. Easy to open with a folding crank handle, they make a great addition to a window over the kitchen sink. No obstruction in your view and easy to turn handle, putting no strain on your back. 

Storm Windows

Storm windows reduce the flow of air into the home. They allow for greater energy efficiency with single-pane windows by insulating the space between the storm windows and the existing window. A once popular product, this is going away as homeowners decide to change the window itself.


What’s the Best Window Replacement Company?

Tom Adams Windows and Carpet is the best choice when you need to replace your windows. We are committed to using the best American-made windows and offering Award Winning, best-in-class service and installation. There’s no doubt that Tom Adams Windows and Carpet is the best windows replacement company. Contact us today for your FREE Estimate  and find out more about how we can help you in your decision.

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