Are you getting ready to have replacement windows installed in your home? There are some other things you should think about doing while you're at it. Here are a few things that shouldn't be overlooked:
Find a New Home for the Old Windows
When you have new windows installed in your home, you will have to figure out what to do with the old ones. You can probably pay your service provider to take them away after they install your new windows. But why not consider whether they can be used to complete DIY projects? For example, your shed might benefit from reinstalling the old window.
If your old windows are still in decent shape, you have an opportunity to give back to your community by donating the windows to a charitable organization in your area. The organization will make sure that the windows get into the hands of a family that needs them yet can't necessarily afford to buy new ones.
It's a good idea to decide what you want to do with your old windows before the new ones get installed so you don't end up having to store the old windows in your garage or outside until you can make necessary arrangements for them.
Check for Leaks and Vulnerabilities
Your new windows are sure to provide better protection from the elements than your older ones, which should improve your home's overall energy efficiency and save you some money on your power bills throughout the year. But if your window frames and doors aren't properly sealed, your new windows can only do so much for your comfort and your home's energy efficiency.
Take the time to check for leaks and vulnerabilities in your doors and window frames. You may even want to consider replacing the frames along with your old windows. Any leaks that are found should be sealed with spray foam insulation. Once sealed, you can sand and paint the frames to make them look new again.
Consider Installing New Shutters
You might as well consider installing new shutters when you have your new windows installed. The shutters will give your home an upgraded look and help to protect your windows so they stay in like-new condition for many years to come. Make sure to choose your new windows first so you know exactly what kinds of shutters they can accommodate and narrow your focus on those specific options.