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Replacing All Windows in a House—or Replacing Gradually

Two young window installers replacing a large living room window.

It’s not uncommon to replace a single broken windowpane from time to time, or even a whole window. But what about replacing multiple windows? If you’re considering upgrading the windows in your home, is it best to replace them all at once, or gradually over time?

Replacing your windows all at once seems like the most logical solution to window replacement. However, there are several things you should consider before making a final decision. A large-scale window replacement (3 or more windows) is a big decision that should take into account your budget, project timeframe, and renovation goals. So review all the options to help determine which one is right for you.

Should I Replace All My Windows at Once? Five Things to Consider

Replacing all the windows in a house at one time is a big undertaking. However, this may be the best approach, depending on these five factors:

  • Project scope. If replacing your windows is a part of a larger-scale renovation (for example, re-siding your home), replacing all the windows at once will probably be more cost-effective than replacing them in stages. Adding window replacement to a larger scale project should save time and create other project efficiencies.

  • Window condition. If the current windows in your home are failing or inefficient, chances are the remaining windows (of the same make and model) will be in the same condition soon. In this case, it’s recommended to replace all the windows at the same time, since they will all need to be replaced eventually.

  • Efficiency rating. If your current windows are rated high for energy efficiency, phasing in window replacement, or repairs is a budget-friendly option.

  • Timeline/budget. When deciding which window replacement option is right for your home, your timeline and budget can be big determining factors. Depending on your yearly home improvement budget replacing windows gradually over time may be the most manageable option financially, and feel less disruptive and more manageable, compared to a full-scale window replacement.

Why Replace the Windows in Your Home?

If you have a broken windowpane (the glass is cracked or shattered), you need emergency glass service, no question. But if the window glass is not broken or damaged, when should the windows in your home be replaced?

If your home’s windows are showing signs of age, damage (e.g., fogginess), poor energy efficiency, or they simply seem outdated, you should consider replacing those windows—and maybe all your windows. Windows that are 15 to 20 years old are typically good candidates for replacement, regardless of how they look.

Replacing all windows also appeals to homeowners who want elevated curb appeal, noise reduction, and energy efficiency. Modern windows offer all those benefits while improving your comfort and increasing the value of your home.

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Related Topic: What is an insulated glass unit (IGU)?

Will Replacement Windows Increase My Home’s Value?

Replacing outdated windows with more modern styles can really enhance the curb appeal of your home. The effect is similar to adding a fresh coat of exterior paint. Beyond curb appeal, replacing your windows can also help increase your home’s value since most homebuyers want the lowest possible monthly energy bills.

Benefit from Brand-New Home Windows

The windows in your home serve many purposes. They can either add or detract from it’s value, look and appeal to prospective buyers. And whether you decide to replace a few or all of your windows, making sure they are installed properly is especially important. When you’re ready to update your home’s windows, contact your local window experts at Glass Doctor®. We have the experience and expertise to make sure your window replacement is done right. We can help you choose the right windows for your home, and get them installed on a schedule that works for you. Give us a call at 833.974.0209 or request an estimate online today.