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Whether you're replacing windows, installing new windows in a remodel or choosing windows for a home you're building, the first question is: "Where to start?" You've already made an important step by visiting window manufacturer websites like ours to research window and patio door choices. The next step is to determine how to get the project started and the work done.

Choose a project below to get advice.

Window Replacement

Whether you have one window to replace or several, always consider a professional window installer. Their expertise ensures better performance from your windows and could save you money from potential weather damage in the future.

Horizontal window measurement for a window replacement project

Measure horizontally and vertically at three points and record smallest daylight opening dimensions.

Steps:

  1. Measure the window(s) you'll be replacing to provide your dealer or contractor with an estimate of the sizes you will need.
  2. Choose a window material (such as vinyl, fiberglass or aluminum). Find the perfect window material for your home with our Help Me Choose tool.
  3. Choose a window operating style.
  4. Contact your dealer for pricing, installation (offered by many) and product information.
  5. Get several bids from professionals to do the work—some dealers offer installation or make referrals.
  6. Hire the one you feel most comfortable with and who has the best recommendations.
  7. Schedule the work.

Tip: Even for a minor window replacement, be sure to take into consideration your home's architectural style and the style of the rest of the windows in your home.

Remodeling Projects Including Window Replacement

If you're looking to replace a large number of windows because your current windows are old and/or are not energy-efficient, you will probably want to work with a professional window installer or general contractor.

Steps:

  1. Choose a window material (such as vinyl, fiberglass or aluminum). Find the perfect window material for your home with our Help Me Choose tool.
  2. Choose window styles for each window you're replacing.
  3. Contact general contractors or professional window installers in your area for bids. (Your local dealer can probably provide a list of window installers and contractors and some offer their own installation services)
  4. Hire the one you feel most comfortable with and who has the best recommendations.
  5. Meet with the professional you hire and discuss each window. This professional may have advice on other options to consider for price, performance, energy efficiency or curb appeal.
  6. Schedule the work.
  7. Prepare your home. See What to Expect for helpful tips to consider before, during and after the project.

If you have any questions at any stage of the process above, contact a Milgard dealer for help. They're there to help you just like we are.

New Construction

If you're building a new home from the ground up, you're probably already working with an architect or builder. Often home builders and architects will allow you to choose upgrades to various components of the home, such as windows and doors.

Tips:

  • For such an important purchase like new home windows and patio doors, it pays for you to do your own research. This will make you more knowledgeable in discussing window options with your builder or architect.
  • Be sure to consider your builder's or architect's recommendations carefully. Builders and architects generally are very knowledgeable on new home windows and patio doors. They know what works best in your area and for your new home's architectural style, as well as what works best with the existing home plan.
  • In choosing how much to spend on window upgrades, consider the neighborhood and how long you think you'll be in the house. Obviously if you're going to be in the home for a long time, it makes sense to purchase windows and patio doors you'll enjoy for years.

Your Milgard® dealer can be a great resource for advice. They be able to make excellent suggestions based on your local area's climate to ensure your home's comfort.

Last Updated (Friday, 27 November 2009 16:25)