Window replacement is inevitable. No house is perfect, and some windows are going to age faster than others depending on certain factors, include weather and location. Most of the time, you will still have several windows in your house that are operating perfectly fine while others are in desperate need of a replacement. When that happens, you might ask whether it is wise to replace all your home’s windows at the same time or if you can wait.
There are a couple of things to consider. First, are you ready to tackle such a large job? A home that has a lot of glass or even customized windows can make replacement quite the undertaking.
Here is everything you need to know to decide whether you should install replacement windows at the same time or if you should wait.
Should I Replace All My Windows At The Same Time?
As we started mentioning above, there are several reasons why it might be smarter to replace window by window instead of changing all of them at the same time. The biggest factor in choosing how to replacement your home’s windows is your finances.
Replacing windows all at once can save you both time and money. Not only can you get deals for buying windows in bulk. Most contractors prefer when you have 5-8 windows to replace on a single day, because their whole team will be working.
Secondly, if you have received a loan to remodel your house, then it makes sense to get everything done at the same time. Otherwise, you might have to take out another loan on a later date or refinance the one you currently have—and that can be a financial setback.
Third, if you decide to replace all the faulty windows in your home at the same time, it can make your home instantly more energy efficient. Since your house would be losing less heat in the winter and less cool air in the summer, the price you pay to have everything replaced at once will be reimbursed through cheaper utility bills.
Deciding Which Windows to Replace
Now, let’s say you don’t want to replace all your windows at one time. Maybe only a specific few are rundown and need to be replaced. Maybe you don’t have the money to put out for such a major project, or you only want to increase the aesthetic appeal of a specific region of the house. There are plenty of reasons to replace windows on separate days over a span of several years.
Whether you are planning on selling your home in the future or are nettled by the eyesore of a window every time you pull up after work, you might want to improve curbside appeal sooner than later.
In this case, it is best to select one or two windows that are affecting the overall exterior look of your home. If there is a single dated window that is decreasing curbside appeal and won’t cost too much to replace, then it is a worthwhile investment of time and money. Just a simple stylistic change can do a lot for your home’s value.
Worn out screens? Broken glass? Missing locks? These are all reasons to replace a window or two. Any window that decreases security, is drafty, or cannot be opened do more than look bad. It can pose a dangerous risk to you and your family.
When this happens, go ahead and replace the window, especially if it cannot be repaired.
However, if you notice that more than one window is causing problems, it is smart to replace them all at one time—if you can afford it. Replace windows on the bottom floor first, especially if you are concerned about safety.
Many rooms these days have more than one window. If you want to increase the aesthetics of a room, you can remodel a window to make a reading nook with a bay or bow window. Or you can add specialty windows. During this time, it might make sense to do one window at a time.
Which Option Is Cheapest?
Like many other questions in life, the answer to the question of the cheapest method for replacing windows is, “It depends.” Your budget, location, seasons, and even the style and materials of the windows can impact the cost and duration of your window replacement project. Therefore, you need to consider all of these things before choosing whether or not to replacement multiple windows or just one.
Ultimately, your budget is the driving factor. If you have more financial flexibility, you can pick and choose which windows to replace and when. Otherwise, replace the windows that are in the worst condition first and worry about the others once you have the money for it.
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