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When undertaking a large project such as replacing or installing your windows or doors, it’s worth considering exactly when the best time to do it will be.

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 amount of work, in addition to the overall cost of the job, will be drastically reduced if the glass is all that needs to be replaced. To replace only the glass is quite simple when compared to changing the whole window.

What follows are some helpful tips to keep in mind when replacing windows.

Many homeowners like the idea of handling window replacement themselves; unless you’re a real DIYer, however, you may be better off hiring a qualified contractor instead. When you do the work yourself, you risk, at best, doing a less than perfect job, and, at worst, causing damage that will be very expensive to repair. Time is another factor that must always be calculated when considering an ambitious home improvement job. A good contractor can save you all this hassle, but of course you have to make sure you pick a skilled and reputable one. You may want to get a few free estimates from local contractors to get an idea of who’s available and what they charge. The best choice would be a contractor who someone you trust has recommended as reliable. Another source of information is online customer reviews, especially if you live in a large enough area that you can find reviews for nearby contractors. Remember that you’ll be looking at, or through your windows for years to come, so pick ones you like. You want windows that not only keep you warmer, but that also add to the atmosphere of your home, which means they should compliment the style of your home. If you have an older home, you’ll probably want to go with a traditional or antique style with windows. On the other hand, such windows wouldn’t look right in a brand new home, which demands a modern design. When your windows and everything else goes well together, this will also make your home more attractive to buyers if you ever want to put it up for sale.

Your windows should not only be energy-efficient and cost effective, but should provide you with the highest level of protection possible once installed. Crime, especially if you live in a city, will always be a factor to consider when purchasing your windows. What we are referring to is having a great locking system on the windows themselves so the burglars will not be able to so easily enter your home. Locks on windows come in all shapes and sizes, therefore take your time choosing the right one for your particular neighborhood. Smashing the glass on your windows is not the goal of most criminals, therefore having the best locks for your protection should be your primary focus. You will see, as you begin your project, that window replacement is a long and sometimes difficult journey. Once you are done planning everything out, you should know exactly what to expect including the style and type of windows that you will get. This way, there should be no unexpected situations or reasons to stop in the middle of the project to keep it from completion.