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Starting your window replacement project must begin with choosing the best time of year to do it. This will vary depending on how the climate is where you live, but in general it’s best to do this in the late spring or early fall, when the temperature is moderate. While windows are being replaced, your home will be open to heat, cold and rain, so it’s best to do this during the mildest possible time. If you live in a climate zone or a latitude that provides year-round good weather, you won’t have to worry about this issue before starting.
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. If you make any mistakes, you can do damage to the windows or frames and then it will have cost you rather than saved you money. You also have to decide if you’re willing to invest the time that this project will take up -remember to include things like measuring, getting all the supplies and cleaning up. A good contractor can save you all this hassle, but of course you have to make sure you pick a skilled and reputable one. For one thing, an honest contractor should be willing to come to your house and give you an initial consultation without charging you for this. Word of mouth is always a good way to find quality help, so you should ask everyone you know to recommend a contractor who’s reasonable and does quality work. 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. Window frames, just like the type of windows that you will get, need to be reviewed in regard to composition and style. 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. The best choice that anyone can make, especially in regard to energy efficiency, is to choose vinyl over wood. Vinyl is actually not that much more expensive than your basic frame. Always choose vinyl over aluminum frames which are notorious for transmitting too much heat or cold between the interior and exterior environments. Over time, the initial cost of investing in fiberglass frames will save you thousands of dollars in energy costs.
If you know what you are doing, there is always the option of doing it yourself, but you will need to shop around for the best deal. As long as you are getting lots of bids, you will find someone willing to give you a good deal.
This is a good time to look through local publications, and even online, to find out who may be offering a good discount on windows. One of the main reasons to hire the job out to professionals is that they can get better prices, and they are better able to compare products. There is always a fine line between having the quality that you want in your windows, and finding a low enough price that you can afford.
Many people today are anxious to reduce the costs of heating their homes, and replacing your windows with better quality ones can be one of the best ways to accomplish this. This will certainly add ambiance to your house and at the same time you will be augmenting your property value. Regardless of who will accomplish the job, it will be a rewarding experience.