Purchasing new replacement windows should be considered more than a short-term investment in the appearance of your home, but as a long-term investment in the overall quality and functionality of your home. To this end it is important to do your research and make sure you choose windows that you can live with for years. This is why you will want to avoid the following mistakes.

#1: Only looking at the immediate cost

When shopping for windows you will be given many options. For example, you will need to choose between wood and vinyl windows. Wood may be initially less expensive, but in the long run you will need to invest more time and money into cleaning, scraping, and sealing than you will have to do with vinyl. The same goes for insulated windows versus single-pane windows – over the life of the windows the insulated options are more likely to save you more money in energy costs. When comparing the costs of your different options, look at the total cost over a period of years as opposed to just the initial sticker price.

#2: Rushing installation

You may want new windows now, but rushing to get them installed can be a problem. The best time to install windows is in the spring, summer, or fall, preferably during dry weather. Scheduling an installation in winter, unless it's absolutely necessary, allows both cold and moisture into your home, which can stress your furnace or lead to internal mold issues. You will also want to contract with an installer who is experienced with the manufacturer of your windows, since each brand has its own installation quirks. In fact, you may even want to take the time to check with the manufacturer so you can find a certified installer in your area.

#3: Only focusing on aesthetics and energy savings

Although the look of the windows and their efficiency are important, there is more to be concerned about. Namely, security. You want to make sure you choose a window design that is easy to open from the inside but nearly impossible to break in through the outside. Verify that every window has suitable interior locks. You may also want to upgrade to impact resistant glass for windows near doors or that are located in an easy to reach but hard to see area, such as on the side of the house. As for interior security, the windows in bedrooms should open easily and be wide enough for an adult to fit through in the event you must exit through the window, such as during a fire.

For more help, talk to a replacement window professional.