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Window replacement can do wonders for your home, financially, aesthetically and comfort-wise. If you want to reduce your utility bills, add to your home’s value and be more comfortable, new windows can do all of this for you. They can also make you feel better about your house, especially if you choose a style of windows that you really like. Replacing windows, however, can be a costly and time-consuming endeavor, so you want to be sure you know exactly what you’re getting into before you begin.
Even if you only need to replace the glass it can get expensive when you choose to use triple pane glass, or argon gas-filled windows. When you decide to replace your windows, you will want to do the job right, so if the frames are not in good shape, you should replace those as well as the glass.
Taking out old windows and putting in new ones, is a good job to hire out, but you need to know the right questions to ask. Many companies aren’t above doing underhanded things to get a job, such as replacing windows, so don’t jump to taking a bid without checking it out first.
When you get an estimate, make sure that you get everything down in writing just what the bid includes. Make sure you know exactly what you are getting, for example does the bid price include hauling away the old windows. A warranty is something that reputable companies naturally give, and having it written down is just a good business practice. Reputation is the reason for you to hire someone, because they will want to have everything written down to protect both sides.
Some people don’t think that the basement windows need to be changed, along with the others. No matter what your basement is used for, unfinished and used for storage or laundry, or finished and used as another room, the windows are important. Whatever reason you have for replacing the windows of your house, the same reason should apply to the basement. When the windows in the basement are inferior, they will let cold air in, which could cool down the whole house. It can also be a security risk if an intruder can easily get in through the windows. The final reason for replacing your windows with high quality, efficient windows, is that it raises the value of your house.
In summary, window replacement can add quite a bit of value to your home. Replacing windows gives your house a new look, just like when you paint your entire house. With energy prices skyrocketing, new windows that reduce energy consumption, is the best reason. If you keep the above guidelines in mind, you can make the wisest choices when replacing your windows.