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Window Replacement: Common Mistakes To Avoid

Windows are made to last, but there will come a time that replacing them is the best decision to make. Windows are also susceptible to gradual wear and tear and many factors can hasten their deterioration, such as extreme weather conditions (like hurricanes and hail), faulty installation, moisture, and natural aging. Bad ventilation and energy efficiency can also be good reasons to get window replacements. As you start your home improvement project, replacement window installation experts, Renewal by Andersen®, are here to remind you of things to avoid and take note of! 

Choosing Inappropriate Windows


Many homeowners make the mistake of choosing the wrong type of windows for the replacement project. Such as choosing large, clear glass windows that cannot be opened in a room that receives a high amount of sunlight. Aesthetically, this choice can be appealing, but energy-efficiency-wise, it makes the room extremely stifling during humid days and unbearably cold during winter. Knowing what kind of windows conform to the purpose of the room you’re going to replace them in is essential. Getting wide-opening casement windows in a room that needs more natural ventilation is a good choice, and ordering awning windows for your enclosed basement prevents bad airflow and high temperatures.


Installing Windows On Your Own


Installing windows by yourself (unless you have a background in engineering and construction) is a bad decision, as this not only puts you at risk of hurting yourself but also tends to result in improper installation of the windows. DIY projects are commonly done for easy and cheap beautification projects that are intended for aesthetic purposes, and window installation is a laborious process that is backed by precise science and experience. When it comes to window replacement, you should leave it to professionals and hire a trusted window installation company like Renewal by Anderson of Rapid City.


Disregarding Local Climate

Disregarding your geographical location is a common mistake that is brought upon by poor planning. Knowing your local climate is crucial as it dictates what kinds of windows you should get, as well as the materials that your contractor will use for the frames and windows themselves. Getting a wooden frame in an area that is known to have high moisture will result in windows that are more susceptible to rot and degradation. Getting windows with no impact resistance in areas that are susceptible to hurricanes and strong winds will result in frequently broken windows that end up getting repaired multiple times within a few years.


Renewal by Andersen of Rapid City is the name you can rely on when it comes to hiring professional and reliable residential window services! We offer only the best selections and the highest quality assistance for your home improvement needs. For any inquiries, you can reach us at (605) 341-7831 or fill out our contact form to request an estimate. We serve homeowners and clients in Rapid City, SD.


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