Getting replacement windows in Seattle, WA is not a project that comes up often. If you are not in the business of replacement windows, you might only be required to do it once or twice in your lifetime. That can make the project a bit intimidating. And it doesn’t help that replacement windows are a sizable investment. Where do you begin? Here are some simple steps you can follow to get your project started:
1. Collect Inspiration
The first thing to do is collect inspiration. Gather images of the types of windows you like. Scour magazines, drive around neighborhoods, and go online. You will quickly find out which styles and designs appeal to you. You can also see which window styles are most common and a good match for the architectural style of your home. Start a collection of images you can use as a reference throughout your project.
2. Do Some Research
Once you have what you like in mind, it is time to go online and do some research. Windows are something you use and live with every single day. You want to find out what different window styles are available and how they operate. You also want to know which frame materials and glazing options are at your disposal. That way you can make an educated decision on the best window styles for your home. It is also a good idea to stop by some home improvement stores and interact with the windows, to see in person how they open, close, slide, and simplify cleaning and maintenance.
3. Budget and Save
Pricing is important. And when it comes to deciding on a budget you will need to prioritize the features that matter most because the size, style, and a number of windows will all add to the bottom line. Window shopping will give you a good base figure for your budget so you can start saving for your home improvement project. But ultimately, the only way to get a fully detailed quote is to set up a consultation with a couple of window professionals.
4. Schedule a Consultation
Once you have a general idea of which windows you like and which options most appeal to you, it is time to schedule a consultation. During this first meeting, you sit down with a design expert and go over the different products, materials, and price points. This is a good time to ask questions, get feedback, and make a finalized decision on the window products you want for your home. But don’t just go with the first company you sit down with. Try to get two or three different quotes to compare so you can find a company best suited for the job.
5. Plan for Installation
Once you have compared quotes and made your final decision, it is time to schedule an installation appointment. It typically takes about six to eight weeks for the manufactures to ship out products. So that will give you some lead time to set aside time and prepare your home for installation. And most installation projects only take two or three days to complete, so you can start enjoying your new windows before you know it.
For more tips about window shopping or investing in replacement windows in Seattle, WA contact our experts at Signature Window & Door Replacement.
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