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Window Replacement Basics: How Many Windows Should You Get?

‘Prioritize quality over quantity,’ is a phrase that people use often. And while the saying is true (most of the time), you’ll find that it’s quite different when you relate it to window replacement. In this project, both quality and quantity is crucial. In fact, the number of new windows you get at one time may determine whether your replacement project has actually been worth it. Renewal by Andersen® of Rapid City, the premier window and sliding patio door installer in the arena expounds on this here.

Window Replacement Basics

Is It a Good Idea to Just Replace One or Two Windows?

Let’s just get this out of the way–window replacement can be a costly upgrade. But you should know the exact math may vary with each project due to several factors, including method of installation and type of window framing material and glass. Still, it is understandable that many homeowners will try to find a way to lower the overall costs, and some may consider just having one or two windows replaced. Is this actually a good idea? The short answer is no. Here’s why–it will be a waste of your contractor’s time and your money, and just two windows won’t be enough to make a notable difference to your home’s comfort and energy efficiency.

So, Should You Replace ALL Your Windows?

Having all your windows replaced won’t be a good idea either unless you have an unlimited budget. Windows don’t take the same amount of damage, which may be influenced by their location and amount of exposure to sunlight. A trusted expert in window and door replacement services may recommend getting at least 5 up to 8 windows, and then phase the rest for another time. 

You’ll need to decide which windows to replace first, of course. Choose those that have rotten frames and broken panes because they are a safety risk, and will contribute to significant energy loss. You should also prioritize those that have become inoperable. Windows that are difficult to open will fail to ventilate your home, and those that are a challenge to close will allow costly energy to escape from your living space. And if the windows can’t be locked properly? Those can compromise your home’s security and should be replaced pronto.

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Renewal by Andersen® of Rapid City is the leading expert in French doors installation, but we can also handle your window replacement needs. Expect your project to be completed to your full satisfaction when you choose us. We proudly serve Spearfish and the rest of Western South Dakota. Call us today at (605) 341-7831 or fill out this contact form to schedule your window consultation.


"We recently replaced all of the windows in our home. I was most impressed with the friendly staff who knew what I wanted before I did. They seemed to be able to find the perfect window for each one we replaced. We are very pleased with the result. From beginning to end they were professional and helpful. I would highly recommend Renewal by Anderson."

Sheila And Doug Cain
May 15

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