window installationInvesting in new entry doors, replacement windows, or brand new window installation can be a fun and exciting process. It also takes some time and proper coordination. Unless you’re just looking to make a quick window replacement for a broken, leaky, or faulty unit, new window installation isn’t something you necessarily want to decide “on the fly.” You’re going to want whatever you pick to fit in, compliment, and help accentuate other aspects of the room and overall home.

That’s why before you begin the process of putting in new windows, you’re going to want to plan accordingly. This means picking out the right style, colors, size, and determining what will fit in your current budget. Is this going to be a project that involves all the windows in the house? Just one room? If you’re only doing a room or couple individual units, it’s still a good idea to think about how the new windows might fit in the context of the bigger picture if you do plan on remodeling other windows/areas in the near future.

When it comes to window replacement in general, a good rule of thumb to go by is about 15 years. After 15 years, your windows may be experiencing leaks and inefficiencies that can have a direct impact on your energy bill and indoor comfort. According to the U.S. Department of Energy, these types of leaks can increase a home’s average energy bill by about 25%. That’s a lot of money to be literally throwing right out the window.

Another thing you’re going to want to be cognizant of when planning your window installation is to really visualize the end result. How will the new windows look with the furniture/setup you currently have? Will you need to change/tweak your current theme to fit the new windows or will they fit in seamlessly?

Although this is something you’ll have to worry about after it’s completed, protecting your investment is another good idea. This might mean you need to establish some ground rules when it comes to kid’s play activities and decorative additions.

Installing new windows can be a lot more fun than you probably expect. In fact, one recent survey from the “2015 Remodeling Impact Report” found people gave their window replacement project a Joy Score of 9.4 out of 10. Follow these tips and you’ll likely be on your way to similar success and enjoyment.