There are moments in the lifespan of any home that call for a variety of renovations. Unfortunately, we can send a man to the moon, but we cannot build home on Earth that will last us 10 years before something braking.
Windows replacement is no exception. On average, the estimate lifespan of builders windows is around 10 years across Manitoba, Canada. This is one of the main reasons you never get a lifetime warranty on your doors or windows when buying a new home. As a matter of fact, quite often you don’t even know who the installer of manufacturer of the product was. So, here is what to do if you feel it is time to replace one or more windows in your home.
Look for experience
Don’t just hire your local handyman “guy”. As much as we like to stay local in an ever changing fast paced global world, sometimes it is better to give the business to a company with a proven record. When it comes to matter of home renovations, you want them to be done once, and done the right way.
Go after a window and door company with a proven record. Search for them not only in the local yellow pages, but also on review websites, such as Homestars and N49. Make sure the company has done some actual work in your local vicinity. Ask them for referrals from people in your neighbourhood, or city. If you are looking for windows replacement in Winnipeg, for example, make sure the company you hire has done windows in that city. Canadian Choice, is one example of an excellent company that services the majority parts of Manitoba.
Hiring an experienced and well known company is also good, because it is likely that the company won’t go underground in a few months. Your local handyman “guy” might not even be able to give you a warranty.
Everything begins with research. It does not matter how good the company you want to hire is, you still need to make sure that you know what you want. Every home is different, and so is every homeowner. Make sure you know exactly what colour and what type of windows you want for the different openings in your home. Ask yourself, do you want more sunlight in certain rooms, do you want more privacy, do you want more air circulation?
Different windows, service different purpose. Once you know what you want your windows to be able to do (more sunlight, more air ventilation), an experienced company can help you choose the right products.
Functionality and Aesthetics
Overstepping with the point above, functionality of your windows is often more important than aesthetics. True, we all want to have beautiful looking homes, so our neighbours can look through the fence and wonder how we’ve achieved such perfection. However, you also want to make sure that your windows serve their purpose.
Aesthetically eye-catching windows can help raise the value of your home. But, functionality can add to the overall comfort of your home. So, if you are planning on selling the house, and you want its market value raised a little bit, you can always replace the windows. If you are planning on staying in the house for another 15 years, you might want to add some functionality.
This, of course, is not to say that one cannot go without the other. It is simply to give you a hint that you need to keep both in mind when shopping around for windows and door replacements in Winnipeg, Manitoba.