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15 Questions to Ask Before Buying Replacement Windows

We spend a lot of time and money on our homes, but we often neglect the windows. Here at Newman Windows and Doors, we have been thinking about them since 1993, so we have learned a thing or two about replacement windows through the years. 

We believe in complete transparency and authenticity and have built a reputation on trust. While we may know just about everything there is to know about replacement windows, many homeowners may not consider all the questions they should ask before moving forward with this valuable home improvement project. 

When it comes to window replacement, there's no one-size-fits-all solution; what works for one person might not work for another. That's why it pays to do your homework before deciding on a replacement window purchase. 

Here are some questions to ask, plus a few additional considerations below. Let us know if there is anything you would add!

Considering Replacement Windows in Southern California? Here are some questions to ask 

1. What are your priorities for windows regarding aesthetics, energy efficiency, and noise reduction?

First, you should determine your priorities for replacing your windows. Are you looking for an aesthetic upgrade? For energy savings? To reduce noise?  What are your preferences when looking at replacement windows?

Then, you can start to look for the best window options that meet those specific needs. If noise reduction is a priority, but energy efficiency isn't, then thicker glass may be more of a priority than frame material. 

Double-pane windows are more energy-efficient and provide better insulation. If you're looking for a window that looks good, then double-paned glass is the way to go.

You'll also want to think about how you want your windows to look aesthetically.

Do you want them to be custom-made? Do you want them to match the color of your house and blend in with the exterior appearance?  Wood windows have a natural look, but age faster and require more frequent maintenance, while vinyl or fiberglass is more modern, and require less maintenance.

If you're feeling stuck on all the considerations, a window and door specialist can walk you through them.

2. What is the average cost of replacement windows?

The next thing to consider is cost. In Southern California, the average cost of a new window replacement ranges between $650 and $1,500. The actual price you’ll pay depends on a few factors. One major factor is the window type. For example, the average cost to install a storm window is $275, while installing a bay window could be over $3,000. Therefore, it’s challenging to get an estimate on the average cost without knowing the type of windows you’re looking to replace.

For a general estimate, if you’re mainly replacing standard-sized windows, your average price should be close to the lower range of $650. With the average home in this area having 10-15 windows,  replacing all of the windows in a home can average $7,500 Keep in mind; this average is for standard replacement windows. For high-end and custom work, expect an increase of up to 50%.

Here at Newman Windows & Doors, our window and door specialists walk you through the entire process so you can easily understand the total investment of your replacement window and/or door project.

3. Do you need a contractor to install the new window, or can you do it yourself?

Asking whether you need to hire a professional is a common question for anybody considering a window replacement.

Although a DIY route may seem like the most cost-effective, reasonable solution, unless you have extensive home repair experience, installing replacement windows on your own can end up being a costly mistake. 

Hiring professionals to replace your existing windows can save time, money, and frustration.

Additionally, professional installers will be able to ensure that the new windows are correctly installed and you can utilize their warranty programming. 

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4. Are there any special window features that would make your home more comfortable?

Luckily, technology has taken off in the window and door industry, which means that you can find windows with features to help insulate your home.

If this is a consideration for you, it's essential to do some research or consult with your window and door specialist on what different types of window replacement options are available before making any decisions.

Fortunately, there are many options out there today when considering new or replacement products for these areas – so, no matter what your needs or priorities are, there's likely a window type out there to suit them.

5. Is it worth replacing all the windows at once, or should I replace them one by one as they break down over time?

Whether you replace all your windows at once or one at a time depends on your needs and priorities. If you want to reduce your heating and cooling costs, it is best to replace all the windows at once because this will immediately increase the overall efficiency of the home. 

If you're hoping to update your home's curb appeal or the overall aesthetic of your home, you should replace all your windows at once so that the new ones match.

If you're on a tight budget, replacing them one by one as they break down over time may be your best option – but make sure to keep these factors in mind when considering this route.

6. What time of year is best to replace windows?

Luckily, any time of year is an excellent time of year to replace your windows when you live in Southern California! Keep in mind, however, that weather can impact installations. 

7. What are good reasons for replacing old windows?

There are many reasons why homeowners choose to replace their old windows; some want energy efficiency, soundproofing, or safety features. Others may need replacement due to storm damage from high wind storms (usually only after extreme events). 

You may want new windows if your old ones have become drafty or won’t open easily. 

Many homeowners replace windows during a remodel or rebuild or when they are ready for a design refresh, or when upgraded for energy efficiency, for tax write-offs. 

8. What makes quality windows so important?

Quality windows are critical because they offer higher energy efficiency and sound reduction, which are vital in this day of increasing energy costs. This is why quality windows will never go out of style; their importance just increases over time.

Quality windows can also increase the value of your home, last longer, and reduce the need for repair.

9. What is a retrofit window?

A retrofit window is a window with a factory-made frame that is installed in an existing opening. One of the most significant benefits to retrofit windows is that they're easier on your budget because they don't require any other kind of construction work.

10. What are the different types of windows?


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There are many types of windows, and we'll explore a few here.

Horizontal slider windows are an increasingly popular choice for replacement windows as they offer beauty and function paired with multiple design and sizing options. Sliders work well in bedrooms as they can easily be sized to meet egress requirements. Because they open flush, they are also an excellent choice for rooms that face outdoor living and walking areas, or for bathroom windows because of how small they can be made. 

Single-hung windows feature a stationary top sash and a bottom sash that slides up. They do not protrude, so they are the best option for rooms that face walk areas or outdoor living spaces. As an added feature, the bottom sash can tilt inward to make cleaning easy.

The traditional style and multiple optional variations of a single-hung window make them a very popular choice as a window replacement. They can match the style of nearly any house.

Double-hung windows feature two sliding sashes, the bottom slides up, or the top can slide down. They do not protrude, so they are the best option for rooms that face walk areas or outdoor living spaces. As an added feature, both sashes can tilt inward to make cleaning easy.

Double-hung windows are also a traditional window style making them a very popular choice as a window replacement. They can match the style of nearly any house. The added versatility of opening from the top or bottom means they will function in almost any room.

Designed for beauty and versatility, awning windows work well when paired with a stationary window. They are hinged at the top and open from the bottom to allow fresh air in while keeping the elements out, making them an excellent choice for kitchens, bathrooms, and basements.

Awning windows offer an unobstructed view to the out of doors yet still open for functionality. They are often paired with fixed windows to provide ventilation. Opening from the bottom allows them to catch cross breezes for maximum fresh air.

Casement windows offer the best of both worlds by giving a wide-open view while providing the versatility to swing open for ventilation. Screens are positioned on the inside of the window to keep pests out. Small rooms often have a casement window to bring in natural light to small spaces.

The sleek, modern design of casement windows makes them a popular choice for new construction and remodeling projects. Modern casement windows can crank open quickly and easily, then swing out for maximum airflow. 

If your view is fantastic, don’t miss a moment of it! Bring the outdoors in with an energy-efficient picture window. Picture windows are fixed and are often large, making them perfect for the focal point of a room. The natural light will enhance the beauty of your home, inside and out.

Picture windows offer the highest energy efficiency, and they increase the aesthetics of a home, inside and out, by providing natural light and an uninhibited view. They pair well with casement windows for ventilation.

If you are looking to replace a uniquely sized or shaped window, we can help with a specialty window. Unfortunately, these beautiful feature windows are often overlooked in remodel projects. Replacing the glass in this featured window not only increases energy efficiency but also keeps it to the same standard of beauty as the rest of your home.

11. Which type of materials would work best with my home?

There are quite a few window materials to choose from, so it will depend on your style and budget. Here are the window materials we offer at Newman Windows & Doors.

Vinyl – Vinyl is inexpensive, durable, and remarkably energy efficient to minimize thermal transfer.

Wood Newman Windows and Doors fiberglass wood windows satisfy both the architectural purist and the realist by offering the carefree ease of fiberglass on the exterior and the classic warm look of wood on the inside.

Fiberglass – Fiberglass has the look of wood without the concerns of rot and decay, and it’s paintable.

Aluminum – Aluminum windows are affordable, easy to clean, low maintenance, and rust and rot proof, but do not meet T-24 requirements. 

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12. How safe are quality windows?

Saving energy and beautiful updates are highly valuable but knowing your family is safe and secure is priceless. All of the windows and doors we carry offer the most up-to-date safety and security features which is an important consideration when thinking about replacement windows.

13. What is the best window type for my home?

There are many different styles of replacement windows to choose from, so knowing which one will work best for your home can make a huge difference in regards to how your house looks and performs. If you have an older or smaller-sized residence, it might be wise to install double-hung windows that open inward as they take up less space than casement-style replacements.

It may be better for homes with lower ceilings or taller people if the new replacement window is tilt and turn since these allow room for more headroom when opening them upwards and outwards, respectively.


14. What size windows should I get?

The size of the windows you get depends on many factors. Will you be using the existing frames for your replacement windows or carving out new or expanded frames? Do you wish to change the shape of your windows? Will you be converting a door to a window or a window into a door? These are all good questions to ask when trying to decide window sizes. 

Keep in mind, custom windows mean custom sizes, so you want to take that into consideration when putting together your project budget. 

Our window and door specialists will be able to assist you in determining the perfect size for your needs. 

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15. What can I expect during installation?

Replacing the windows in your home can be an enjoyable experience. From quote to completion, you should expect to work with a staff that is professional and knowledgeable.

At Newman Windows and Doors, all installers are Installation Master certified and pass a check for your safety. As part of the Newman Signature Experience, we will provide excellent service from start to finish to after your windows are flawlessly installed. We make sure to always arrive on time, in a company-branded vehicle, and ready to get started. All our employees wear a company uniform. We will also wear protective shoe coverings or use protective floor coverings to ensure we never damage your floors. Our installers will remove your old windows and make sure your new windows are installed beautifully and to your complete satisfaction.

We believe that a job should be done right the first time, and we welcome you to hold us to that standard. 

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Replacing windows is a big decision, and it's essential to set aside the time necessary for research before you buy. You'll want to ask yourself these questions first so that you can make an informed choice about what type of replacement window will work best in your home. Contact Newman Windows & Doors today if you're ready to start looking into this more deeply or just need someone who knows the answer on hand when making decisions like these!

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