Window Replacement Considerations for Your Sacramento Home
A window replacement project involves many aspects, each of which can impact the final result. Here are some factors to consider when replacing the windows in your Sacramento home:
Method of installation
When it comes to window replacement, there are two methods of installation:
- New construction: The existing window glass and frames are completely removed and replaced.
- Retrofit: The new window glass and related components are installed within the existing frames.
When choosing an installation method for your window replacement project, one important consideration is how it will impact your home exterior. Since new construction installation requires removal of the frames, window contractors must cut away the areas of siding that cover them. Depending on your home’s siding material, additional work may be required to repair these areas. With wood siding, the new window frames will typically hide these areas, whereas a stucco exterior will typically require extensive patching (and, in many cases, a new paint job to blend the new patches). That’s why the retrofit method is usually recommended when working with stucco. Consult your window installer on the best installation method for your window replacement project.
Your home’s architecture
A key aesthetic goal of any window replacement project is architectural authenticity. Whether you own a Midtown bungalow, an Alkali Flat Victorian or an East Sacramento Mediterranean, it’s crucial to choose a window product that will complement your home’s architectural style and maintain its resale value. Keep in mind that if your home is a registered historic landmark or located in a Historic District, your window replacement options will be limited to products deemed historically appropriate. Contact the City of Sacramento Community Development Department to learn about requirements for replacing your historic home’s windows.
Your home’s value
Another factor to consider when choosing replacement windows is the value of your home and other homes in your neighborhood. Window products run the gamut from economically priced options like vinyl to high-end choices like fiberglass and custom wood. While vinyl windows work well for medium-priced homes, they typically aren’t a good choice for homes in high-value neighborhoods like Richmond Grove or Land Park, as they could have a negative impact on resale value. By choosing a window product that corresponds to your home’s value, you can make the most of your investment.
Even if you invest in quality replacement windows, if they aren’t installed properly, they won’t perform like they should. Worse still, you may experience problems down the road such as leaks and dry rot. That’s why you should put as much effort into finding the right window installation company as you do into choosing the right window product.
With the hot, sunny weather characteristic of Sacramento summers, it’s wise to invest in features that enhance your replacement windows’ UV- and heat-resistance. Energy-efficient frames and glass treated with a low-E coating can go a long way toward maintaining a cool environment inside your home.
Noise level of your location
If you live near a busy road or in a high-traffic area like downtown Sacramento, consider investing in a window product that provides maximum sound suppression. Thicker glass and well-insulated frames will create a more peaceful home environment and make it easier for you to sleep and relax.Read moreRead less