Window frames looking tired and worn? Unhappy with your home’s lack of energy efficiency? Want to freshen up your home’s look without doing a complete renovation? Sounds like your home could benefit from some new windows.
Step 1: Evaluate what you’re working with
Before you even look at potential new windows, you should step back and think about the ones you’re replacing.
Wear and tear isn’t the only reason to replace your windows. Perhaps you’re unhappy with how much light they let into the room, or how well they keep your house cool in summer and warm in winter. Windows can have a big impact on your home’s energy efficiency.
It’s also important to consider your home’s exact location and needs. For example, do you live in a high fire risk area? Is your home exposed to extreme weather conditions?
And of course, be clear with how much you want to spend. It’s not always necessary to get every add-on, but do think of your new windows as worth whatever you can afford to invest. After all, they’re responsible for keeping your home protected from the elements!
Step 2: Think of how new windows could improve your home
Now that you’ve got a list of issues your windows need to address, you can start the informed decision-making process. This is the exciting part as it means you can start to look at your new windows as improvements to your entire home.
What needs would you like your new windows to address? Keep in mind any issues you had with your last windows. That might mean a design that’s a little more weather-proofed and suited to your home’s location, materials that are more energy efficient, or the ability to reduce or bring in more sunlight. Think of these potential improvements as prerequisites for your purchase.
Step 3: Choose a style
Great windows should look as beautiful as they are functional. But there can be hesitation and uncertainty when it comes to installing new features in an older home. How do you pair modern features with classic architecture?
Thankfully, there are many contemporary options to match even the most elegant older home.
For a truly classic look, opt for French or bay windows. These add major impact to your home and are both styles that never date.
After something more modern? Choose a neutral contemporary style that will pair well with older architecture. Aluminium windows pair brilliantly with older homes, particularly weatherboard and even brick.
No matter what style you’re leaning towards, look at plenty of photos to familiarise yourself with all your options.
Step 4: Find the right installation team
You have to make sure that extra care is taken when renovating an older home. You don’t want to risk causing damage that’s difficult to repair. Not to mention the importance of correct installation to ensure the transition from old to new is as seamless as possible.
This is exactly why the Accent team is renowned for our installation service. Complete and seamless installation is our speciality. We also use the highest quality materials to produce windows that look beautiful and function amazingly, no matter what kind of home they’re installed in.
Whether you need help choosing the right window for your older home or have questions about installation, we’re always happy to help. Get in touch now and see how we can help.