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When trying to decide whether to replace the windows in your home, check to see if the whole frame needs replacing, or only the glass. The cost of the project, and the time involved will be much less, if only the glass needs to be replaced. To replace only the glass is quite simple when compared to changing the whole window.
Continue reading and you will find some interesting tips for putting in new windows.
While it’s possible to save money by doing the work yourself, this is one job you may want to hire a professional for. Windows and the surrounding areas can be easily damaged, and if you make a mistake, it can turn out to be more expensive rather than cheaper to have done the work yourself. Before deciding to DIY, you also have to make sure you can spare the time necessary to get the materials and do the work. Choosing the right company or contractor, on the other hand, presents a different set of challenges. You shouldn’t have to pay for an estimate, so the best policy is to get a few different ones to test the waters. Ask your friends, relatives and local acquaintances for recommendations, as this is the best way to find a good contractor. Nowadays, you can also find customer reviews online for just about any type of service, so you can check to see if any contractors in your area have been reviewed.
If you’re going to hire someone to replace your windows, it’s important to know what questions to ask them. In order to stay in business, companies or individual contractors, need to have work to do, so many are not above giving you misleading information on their estimates.
When you get an estimate, make sure that you get everything down in writing just what the bid includes. It is easy to be mistaken about what a bid includes, sometimes it is simply miscommunication, but sometimes things are missed on purpose to charge more money. To protect the job you are paying for, make sure that you have a written down warranty. The main reason for always using a company with a good reputation is that it minimizes problems, and what problems there are, can be worked out.
Warranties are an important consideration when you purchase new windows and/or hire someone to replace them. For example, if you’re getting both windows and frames, the length of the warranty may be different for these two components. In some cases, the warranty may be lifetime, and may even be transferable if you sell the house; this would be a good selling point to a prospective buyer. Contractors or stores/companies that are selling you windows should be confident enough in their products or services that they’re willing to give you a generous and extensive warranty in exchange for your business.
There are many things you can do to make your house look nicer, but certainly one of the best is to replace your windows. With the importance of replacing the windows of your house, you definitely want to have the right windows, as well as the right installer. If you’re confident in your ability to do the job yourself, that’s fine, but otherwise you’re better off spending a little extra and getting a reliable professional to do it for you.