When doing a project such as doors or window replacement is to consider the time of year in which to begin.
Before you do anything, make sure you start this project at the right time of year. 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. These considerations will only pertain to those that live at very high altitudes or where the weather is known to constantly change.
Even if you only need to replace the glass it can get expensive when you choose to use triple pane glass, or argon gas-filled windows. 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). A very popular choice with people that do cosmetic reconstruction of their homes is to choose wooden frames. Energy efficiency can be achieved if you avoid wooden frames and choose vinyl instead. It’s also fairly reasonable compared to other types of frames. 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. Fiberglass frames should be purchased over vinyl, especially if you are looking for a long-term investment.
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Maybe they aren’t noticed that much, but the basement windows should be replaced at the same time as all the rest. It doesn’t matter whether you have a finished basement that functions as another room in your house or a basement that’s only used for storage or perhaps doing laundry. For the look of the house, and also security, the basement is equally as important as the rest of the house. The whole house can be made cooler when the basement is cold, which happens more often with poor quality windows. Poor windows become a security risk, when they allow intruders easy access into the basement. Anything that raises the value of your house is good, and that is what good quality windows do. When you plan to replace the windows in your home, you’re taking on a big and expensive project, so make sure you know exactly what you’re going to be getting. Don’t be afraid to shop around, whether for the perfect set of windows for your home, or the best possible contractor to do the work. You’ll be able to enjoy your new windows for a long time if you keep all these factors in mind when making your plans.