I want new windows/doors, but I have no idea where to even start.
We know how daunting it can be to consider remodeling such an integral part of your home. Not to mention the stress of what to choose, how to stay on budget and who to trust. Worry no further – we’ve got you covered! At Window Connection, we have a dedicated, highly trained and experienced staff that will guide you every step of the way. From the first measurements to the final adjustments, we will take the time to inform and guide you throughout the process. Our first priority is understanding what you want in your remodel and then creating a custom proposal to suit your specific needs. All you need to do is tell us what you envision for your home and then let us take it from there!
I don’t know anything about windows or doors. What are the options?
These days there are more options than ever when it comes to replacing your old windows and doors. Just because one type of window or door currently exists in your home, does not mean that you cannot change it to something you find more aesthetically pleasing. Below are the most common options available. Keep in mind, there are also several different glass, frame, color and efficiency choices as well.
Single Hung Windows
The single hung window is the most common window existing in most homes – regardless of the age of the house. Both cost efficient and classic, the single hung is a timeless option. It consists of two window sashes. The top which remains stationary and the bottom which slides upwards to open. Many manufacturers also offer a bottom tilt sash for easy cleaning.
Double Hung Windows
Double hung windows are a very popular window replacement due to the fact that it allows for easy cleaning of the exterior of the window. Double hung windows have two sashes which can both move up and down and also tilt in. This is an excellent choice if you are looking for an option which will make the cleaning and maintenance of your new windows a less difficult task.
Casement windows are an excellent choice if you are looking to gain maximum ventilation for your home. This window consists of a single pane which swings open much like a door – with hinges along one side. Most options will crank open to a full 90 degrees which allows you to control how much or how little fresh air you are letting in your home.
Awning windows are another interesting option much like a casement window turned on its side. which are hinged at the top with an open bottom with a single handle. Awnings are smart options for Florida homeowners that like to have their windows open yet want to protect the inside of their home from the weather. Due to the convenient top hinge, awning windows can even be open during rain without allowing it to enter your home. Awning windows are also a great option for additional garage ventilation.
Horizontal Roller Windows
Horizontal Roller Windows are very popular amongst homeowners. This window type is a fantastic option for wider openings. They can be configured in 2 or 3 window combinations. The window sashes are placed on tracks which allow them to slide horizontally much like a smaller version of a sliding glass door. This is a great option if you would like to create a passthrough opening between your kitchen and an outdoor area, or if you just want something more functional than a traditional single hung window.
Picture windows are non-operational yet allow for maximum natural light and can add an aesthetic design appeal. A picture window can offer you many different options. They can be the largest, most interesting window in a room, or part of a multi-window configuration. There are a multitude of shapes and sizes available from sharp angles to gentle arches, all of which can add maximum design interest to your home.
If you want an upgrade from a traditional sliding glass door, a french door is another option. Of course, they are extremely functional, but the primary function of a french door is the aesthetic feature and dramatic impact it can have on your home. Available in single (one panel) and double, they have all the functionality of a slider with the characteristics of a regular door. In addition, sidelite options are available to compliment both single and double french door options.
Sliding Glass Doors
Most Florida homes have at least one sliding glass door. Many homes have multiple. They are convenient and provide an excellent source of natural light. You may not know that there are many different options and configurations available. From the standard, classic slider to pocket sliders and even 90 degree options – we can help you to completely redesign or just simply replace your existing unit.
So, how much does a typical window remodel cost?
There are several different factors which can affect the overall cost of your project. Below are just a few items to consider:
1. The brand of window – As with any home improvement choice – there are both high end and more cost effective options available. Our experienced salesperson will outline all options for you and help you to find the best fit for you, your home AND your budget.
2. The size of the window – As can be expected, the larger the window – the larger the price. However, just because one large window exists now that does not mean that you cannot replace it with something else. In some cases, it may be more cost effective to replace one big window with several smaller ones, or vice-versa. At Window Connections, we will provide you with all possible options and let you decide which will be the best fit to meet your needs.
3. The options – (tint, energy efficient glass, frame type/color) – Window construction has come a long way in the past 20 years. This means that there are multiple options that you may not even know are available. Frame material, color, glass tint and efficiency all play a part in the cost of your windows. Tell us what is most important to you and we will find the product that will work the best. From energy efficiency to safety and hurricane protection, our informed sales team can direct you towards the options which will best suit your needs.
4. The difficulty of the install – Removing one window and replacing it with another seems like an easy switch out. However, there are many other factors which can affect the overall cost of your install. In older homes once the old window is removed there may be existing damage, dry rot or warping that needs to be fixed and brought up to code before a new window can go in the opening. In addition, windows that are more difficult to install (such as those above a door or in a high ceilinged room) will take more time and thus be slightly more expensive in terms of labor costs. Lastly, finish work will typically need to be done once the new window is installed. While not usually expensive – it can be time consuming. Drywall, trim, sill work and even paint will likely need to be replaced or fixed so that your new windows look and operate their best. At Window Connection we believe in no surprises – so any additional or possible costs will be carefully outlined as part of our proposal so you are fully aware of the total cost of your project before making any decisions. While unforeseen circumstances can sometimes pop up, we will keep you informed and aware every step of the way.