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Starting your window replacement project must begin with choosing the best time of year to do it. Many people will start once spring has arrived, leading into summer, so that they have clear and warm days to work. Having moderate temperatures is essential when the windows on your home are being removed sometimes even overnight. 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.
Of course, you may want to upgrade your windows to something that’s very energy-efficient, like triple pane glass or windows that have argon gas, which will drive up the cost. 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.
There are a number of windows that are energy efficient and will qualify you for a tax credit. Not only will you be reaping the rewards of these windows by saving energy, but also getting an additional savings by taking the tax credit as well. In the U.S., look for windows that are approved by the Energy Star program. As long as you are enhancing your home in this way, you may as well check into tax credits for other things like insulation and more efficient doors. This can help you save on your taxes as well as your utility bills.
Regardless of whether you’re going to buy your own materials and do the job yourself or hire a contractor, one thing you want to be very clear about are the guarantees or warranties that cover the work and materials. There may be different guarantees for the glass and non-glass parts of the window. You have to be sure to read all the fine print with such a warranty, and if you don’t understand something, ask for clarification. Whether you’re dealing with a window manufacturer, home improvement store or a contractor, don’t sign on the dotted line until you’re confident with the warranty you’re getting.
One way to begin solving the energy crisis, which a lot of people are concerned about; would be to change out all the old windows with energy efficient ones. You’ll also be improving the atmosphere of your home, and adding another impressive benefit if you ever put it up for sale. This will be an extremely grand addition to your home no matter who does the installation.