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When choosing your new windows, remember that at times you’ll probably want to open them. One point to take into consideration is the manner in which you require the window to open; there are many choices to weigh in on. There are many types of windows, but in most cases you’ll be choosing among vertical sliders, horizontal sliders and casement windows. If it is necessary for your windows to go up or sideways then a casement window would be the wrong choice. Each kind has a different look, and will affect how you open them, so it’s something you should carefully consider. When choosing new ones, know that you do not have to keep the same design as before.
While it’s possible to save money by doing the work yourself, this is one job you may want to hire a professional for. Windows and the surrounding areas can be easily damaged, and if you make a mistake, it can turn out to be more expensive rather than cheaper to have done the work yourself. Time is another factor that must always be calculated when considering an ambitious home improvement job. A good contractor can save you all this hassle, but of course you have to make sure you pick a skilled and reputable one. You may want to get a few free estimates from local contractors to get an idea of who’s available and what they charge. Ask your friends, relatives and local acquaintances for recommendations, as this is the best way to find a good contractor. You may also be able to find reviews of contractors or window replacement companies online. The next thing you need to think about, especially if you are replacing the frames around your windows, is the style of frames that you need to get. Many people like the traditional look of wood, but this type of frame needs the most maintenance. Using vinyl is a great choice if you are looking to cut your heating bill. Vinyl is so popular and widespread that over the years it’s cost has greatly reduced making it affordable for everyone. Some window frames are aluminum, but these have the drawback of not being very energy efficient unless you choose ones with thermal breaks that keep out air and moisture. If it is in your budget, choose fiberglass because it is the most energy efficient frame of them all.