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If this project is going to be large and long in duration, you need to consider what month of the year that you begin to do the work. 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. To prevent having rain come into your home while your windows are being replaced, it is a good idea to choose these months of the year. Of course, if you’re fortunate enough to live somewhere with a temperate climate this won’t matter much, but if you have to contend with four seasons, you should avoid replacing your windows when it’s too hot, cold or wet.
Upgrading your windows can become more costly, when you choose argon filled glass, or energy-efficient glass with triple pane. 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. Next to the windows, themselves, the most important decision you have to make is what kind of frames to get (assuming, of course, that you’ll also be replacing the frames). Although wood frames are very popular, they also require a great deal of maintenance over the years. If the primary reason you are doing a window replacement project to save money on your heating and cooling, choose vinyl every time. It’s also fairly reasonable compared to other types of frames. One of the worst frames that you can get is aluminum because it is a great conductor of heat and cold which will adversely affect the temperature range inside. Over time, the initial cost of investing in fiberglass frames will save you thousands of dollars in energy costs.
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. You’ll want to know exactly what type of conditions, and for what length of time, the warranty is good for. One type of warranty even remains valid if ownership of the house is transferred, which would be a benefit you could certainly use to help you sell the house. Before you sign any contracts or make any purchases, make sure you understand the warranty and are completely satisfied with its conditions.
To make your house look better and be more energy-efficient, all you need to do is replace the windows. With the importance of replacing the windows of your house, you definitely want to have the right windows, as well as the right installer. A lot of guys think they can save a lot of money by doing a remodel job on their own, but usually having the right professional do the job will save you money in the long run, and give you a better job.