Common Myths About Window Replacement

 In Home Improvement

Typically, homeowners consider a window replacement project when they notice a specific issue or a significant amount of wear and tear. Regardless of the impetus for replacement, some myths and misconceptions can prevent homeowners from making the right decision at the right time for window or door replacement.

Myth 1: Summer Is the Best Time for Window Replacement

Most property owners think the warmest time of the year is their best chance to replace windows. But the truth is that you can actually have your new windows installed year-round. As long as your hire an experienced contractor, you can be sure the installation will be done properly. Regardless of the season, they have the right tools, knowledge, and skills to complete the job efficiently without causing inconvenience.

Myth 2: Installing New Windows Can Damage My Home

There are also some assumptions that replacing windows can cause damage to other parts of the property. However, this should not be a concern at all, especially if you work with a reputable window company. They can finish the job in the fastest time possible without damaging other parts of your home.

Myth 3: Replacing Windows Won’t Help Save Home Energy

Some people who have resided in the same home for a long time are skeptical about the connection between window replacement and energy efficiency. However, take note that most of the air drafts and wasted energy in a home are due to poorly sealed doors and windows. That said, choosing the right window styles and materials is crucial if you want to save money and resources.

Myth 4: Window Replacement is an Easy DIY Project

Many homeowners have replaced their windows themselves, saving money on labor. But replacing windows can be difficult. A window of nearly the same size often requires cutting or reframing. The window must be squared, leveled and sealed appropriately. Each of these steps has the potential to cause costly future repairs.

Choose a qualified window company to install your windows correctly the first time. It pays to invest in adequate airtight sealing and installation. You may also rest assured that if a problem emerges with the window installation company’s work, the contractors will come out and rectify it free of charge. Look for companies that provide transferable warranties. A future owner will inherit the same quality warranty that you have – this will add to your house’s worth.

Myth 5: Only Replace as Part of a Major Remodeling Project

Many homeowners have outdated windows that detract from their homes. Compared to today’s windows, older windows have lower energy efficiency, resulting in higher heating and cooling expenditures. Consider this: windows and doors can account for 20% to 30% of a home’s energy loss. Keeping old windows costs money. If your windows are more than 20 years old, you should consider replacing them.

But energy efficiency isn’t the only incentive to update windows. Sound reduction, ventilation, aesthetics, natural lighting and operability are all features to consider. Window replacement has several advantages, regardless of how much money it saves.

It is smarter to consider window replacement as part of a phased makeover. Replacement window specialists can design, deliver, install and maintain your windows independently of any other remodeling job. Waiting for a substantial remodeling to replace your windows saves no money. Replacing them initially will inspire and motivate you to do the rest of the remodel.


When in need of high-quality windows or sliding patio doors for your home, just turn to Waunakee Remodeling and Renewal by Andersen of Madison. We’ll set up a meeting so we can help you explore your options and design the window or door unit that best suits your needs. Call us today at (608) 268-7140, or fill out this contact form to set up your window evaluation. We proudly serve all of south central Wisconsin, including areas in and around Madison.

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