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One of your first considerations when doing such a project is to consider the time of year in which to begin. Beginning in late fall is a great time because typically the weather is dry and the climate is relatively warm. 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.
Your house will be better insulated with windows that have triple panes, but they will cost you more money in the beginning. Depending on the weather in the region where you live, you will know how energy-efficient the windows will need to be. You do not need the added cost for the most efficient windows if you live where the climate is mild, so the looks can then be your main focus. Unless you have a good recommendation from a reliable person, you should get several estimates before choosing a company to do your work.
Don’t jump into anything too quickly, because aggressive salespeople will sometimes try anything to get a sale. Make sure that you have at least three estimates before deciding, so that you won’t be talked into anything without having time to think and compare. You can always call them back later. If you get at least three different estimates, you’ll be in a better position to decide who provides the best value. Of course, you have to consider the person or company’s reputation, not only the price.
Warranties are an important consideration when you purchase new windows and/or hire someone to replace them. For example, if you’re getting both windows and frames, the length of the warranty may be different for these two components. In some cases, the warranty may be lifetime, and may even be transferable if you sell the house; this would be a good selling point to a prospective buyer. Before you sign any contracts or make any purchases, make sure you understand the warranty and are completely satisfied with its conditions.
Depending on how long you have lived in your house, one of the best upgrades you can do is to replace the windows. Since it’s such a big and costly project, it’s worthwhile to carefully consider what kind of windows to install and who will do it. A window replacement job can be way more difficult than it looks, so spend a lot of time thinking it over, before you decide to do it yourself.