Should I Replace All My Windows At Once?

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Do I have to replace all my windows at once? Isn’t that an expensive renovation project? What if I only need one or two windows replaced?

These are common questions that we get from homeowners who need clarification about the what, when, and how of window replacements.

The best way to decide on your window replacement process is to chat with a professional company. They will give you the necessary information and help you replace your windows within your budget.

Why Should I Replace All My Windows

If you have the budget for it, replacing all your windows at once is more cost-effective in the long run.

If you have never had a window replacement before and your windows are close to 20 years old, they will all need to be replaced. This is an opportunity to update the design and style of your windows.

If you are planning a full-frame window replacement project, replacing all the windows at the same time will look better. This will also allow you to have uniformity in your window design. Window manufacturers change their window styles, and you may struggle to find windows that match if you wait too long.

Although replacing all your windows is an extensive project, it does cut down on overall construction time. So rather than having contractors in and out of your home intermittently, you can do everything at once.

Replacing all your windows will also save you money. When you install too few windows, the cost of labor increases. Generally, there is a 5-8 window minimum for companies.

How Do I Know When I Need a Window Replacement?

There are a number of ways to tell that your windows need to be replaced, but here are a few major issues to look out for.

Compromise Frame

If your window frame is damaged, it can prevent your window from opening and closing properly, and it can also allow air and moisture into your home.


Bubbling or peeling paint or a swollen frame could indicate that your window isn’t sealing correctly and is sustaining moisture damage.

Moisture is a problem because it can lead to rotting, warping, and mold growth and is also an invitation for pests.

If you have moisture on the inside of your glass, it could mean that the gas layer in your glazed panes is damaged. This will affect the insulation and energy efficiency of your windows.

Outdated Aesthetic

If your windows are starting to look old, worn, and outdated, you should check when you had them replaced because they probably need to go.

If your windows were professionally installed, they could last up to 20 years with regular maintenance. But they wear over time, and your window replacement is an opportunity to give your home a facelift.

I Can’t Replace All My Windows at Once- Now What?

If replacing all of your windows is too costly, assess your windows and start with the ones that need to be replaced most urgently. You can replace your windows in stages.

  • If your window is a safety and security concern, it must be replaced first.
  • This is followed by windows that are no longer working efficiently.
  • Outdated windows that are still operational should be last.

If you have found one compromised window, chances are that others will also need to be replaced. That means that the likelihood of replacing a single window is low. Although you don’t have the budget to replace all your windows at the same time, they all will need to be replaced at some point.

Hawthorn Home Exteriors Makes the Window Replacement Process Work for You

At Hawthorne Home Exteriors, we work with well-respected window specialists that create high-quality products. That means that whether you are replacing one window or all of your windows, we have a variety of options to suit your home and budget.

So call us today, and we can help you answer the question, “Should I replace all my windows at once?”

Mark Moore

Mark Moore

Founder & CEO