Most homeowners know when it’s time to replace the windows in their homes. But they also know that it can be a big and intimidating project. You may be wondering, what’s easier? Replacing a couple at a time (known as a partial project), or replacing them all at once? You may even be wondering why you should replace your windows. It becomes much easier to plan out your project once you understand the main reasons you’re doing it.

Since it’s a big project, and it’s okay to replace them over several years. But there are some drawbacks to this method.

When to Replace In Phases

While this method seems more financially responsible, there are some risks. If you’re thinking of doing this from a cost-savings standpoint, it may actually cost you more in the long run. The labor costs will be higher for multiple small projects. Window dealers can get you better prices on window installation when you employ their team for the full day. Because the project consists of multiple days in your home, you will face more disruptions when doing it in phases as well.

Cautions aside, there are scenarios where partial projects make the most sense:

  • You have a problem with only one or two windows. Whether it’s their functionality or aesthetic, you can replace the defective ones and then match the rest of the windows over time.
  • If you only need to improve one or two rooms. Do you have a room that gets colder than others during winter or warmer during the summer? The problem may come from the windows in the room.
  • You are okay having mismatched windows for some time until the project is complete. It may be noticeable if you have some new windows and some old ones.
  • You are getting specialty windows like bay or bow windows that don’t necessarily have to match the rest of the windows in the house.

When to Replace Them All at Once

While this will take a higher upfront investment, it can save you money in the long run (depending on how many windows you replace). You may think that your budget only allows for 3 or 4 windows, but you might be surprised how far your budget can go! Our specialists will work with you to determine what windows to get based on your needs and budget.

Here are some situations where full replacements would be the most suitable:

  • Many or all of your windows are facing the end of their lifespan. The chances are high that all of your windows were installed at the same time. If you find a problem (draft, moisture buildup, etc.) with one window, the others may start having similar issues.
  • Your home can’t hold heat or keep cool during the summer. This can be a sign your windows aren’t insulating your home the way they should be.
  • You want to improve the overall look of your home and keep a consistent aesthetic. A full replacement will immediately boost your home’s curb appeal and value. This option is ideal for homeowners looking to sell.
  • Your energy bills are slowly increasing, and you need to make your home more energy-efficient.


While these different situations can help influence your decision, there are many other factors at play. If your budget only allows for one or two windows, it would make sense only to do the window that needs immediate attention. You can do the rest at a later time. If you are more financially flexible, we recommend doing them all at once.

If you’re still unsure which option is the best decision for you, or if you have some questions, call us at (619) 583-7171 or contact us on our website. One of our professional consultants will help come up with the best possible solution!

Contact Clear Concepts Windows and Doors if you have questions about your San Diego Window and Door Project.