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There are many good reasons to replace the windows in your home if they’re old, damaged or not very energy efficient. This is one action that can keep you more comfortable in winter, make your home more valuable and allow you to save on utility bills, all at the same time. You’ll also notice how charming and neat your home looks with a brand new set of windows. Below are some of the main considerations to remember before embarking on your replacement window project.
Windows can be as costly as you choose when you upgrade the glass to be either argon gas-filled, or glass with triple panes. Your house won’t look very good, when only replacing the glass if the frames are bad, so in that case you will need to change out the entire window. Once you have decided on the windows that you want, and the time of year to start a project, you must consider the frames around your windows. Wooden frames are all the rage, but people forget how high maintenance they are especially if you live in a climate zone with a lot of precipitation. When it comes to energy efficiency, vinyl is always a good choice. Vinyl is so popular and widespread that over the years it’s cost has greatly reduced making it affordable for everyone. Aluminum frames are not advisable, especially if you are trying to reduce sound, heat exchange, and your heating bill. The strongest and most energy efficient frames of all are those made from fiberglass, though they can be quite expensive.
Maybe they aren’t noticed that much, but the basement windows should be replaced at the same time as all the rest. 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. Poor windows become a security risk, when they allow intruders easy access into the basement. Anything that raises the value of your house is good, and that is what good quality windows do.
Depending on how long you have lived in your house, one of the best upgrades you can do is to replace the windows. The most important thing about a window replacement project, is to have the right person doing the job. 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.