On average, heating and cooling your home accounts for about 42% of your home’s total electricity bill annually. If you’re looking for ways to make your home more energy-efficient, without sacrificing comfort, consider scheduling a door and window replacement project.
By making the switch around your home, you can save money on your bill and increase your home’s value in the process. What’s not to love about that? Before you get started on your project, go through this checklist to make sure you’re prepared.
Step 1: Set a Budget
The first item on your checklist is to think about how much you’re comfortable spending on your door and window replacement project. To help you set a realistic range, first decide on whether you’re doing a full or partial replacement project.
With a full project, you’ll be replacing all of the windows and exterior doors around your home. With a partial project, you’ll be selecting a few doors and windows to replace, prioritizing ones that are damaged or no longer efficient.
Once you have a ballpark figure in mind, it will help you decide between the different door and window styles and materials.
Step 2: Know Your Options
Next, it’s time to start exploring the different options available to you. There are three factors that you’ll want to consider when making your decision: style, design, and material.
Certain window and door styles will work better for different areas of your home. For example, picture windows look great in a front room, bringing natural light into your home. However, they don’t open. If you want the option to open your living room windows, you might opt for an awning window instead.
Some of the most popular window styles we offer here at UHQ Construction include:
We also offer the following door styles:
Next, consider your design options. You can choose from different colors, glass types, shapes, and finishing touches to really personalize your new doors and windows.
For example, you might choose a bold front door that will pop against your neutral siding color. Or, maybe you’ll choose a round window instead of a typical rectangle shape to make your space look more interesting.
Finally, you’ll need to think about the material you want to choose for your windows and doors. Here at UHQ Construction, we offer fiberglass, wood, and vinyl windows, all of which are beautiful and energy-efficient.
For replacement doors, we carry brands that come in fiberglass, steel, wood, and vinyl options, so you can choose the material that best suits your home and your needs.
Step 3: Choose High-Quality Performance Features
Perhaps the most important item on your checklist is to make sure you understand which performance features are available to you. This is especially true when shopping for replacement windows.
For example, to maximize your home’s energy efficiency, look for double or triple panes of glass to help maintain the temperature inside your home. You can also look for windows with built-in UV resistance to help keep your home cooler and prevent sun damage to your carpet and furniture.
When shopping for both doors and windows, you’ll also want to pay attention to their sound resistance to help block outside noise from coming into your home.
Schedule Your Door and Window Replacement Project
Now that you know the most important steps to take while planning your door and window replacement project, you should feel more prepared. Looking for more guidance as you plan to update your home? The UHQ Construction team is here to answer any questions you may have.
Contact us today to tell us more about your project ideas and to receive a free estimate from our team.