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When you undertaking a large project such as replacing your windows, it’s worth considering exactly when the best time to do it will be. Although the weather worldwide can be temperamental, your best choice would be to choose late spring or early fall. While windows are being replaced, your home will be open to heat, cold and rain, so it’s best to do this during the mildest possible time. These considerations will only pertain to those that live at very high altitudes or where the weather is known to constantly change.
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.
Replacing windows is a good job to hire someone else, so you should know what you need to ask them. In order to stay in business, companies or individual contractors, need to have work to do, so many are not above giving you misleading information on their estimates.
A reputable company won’t try to sneak things by you, so make sure that you get estimates from companies with an honest reputation. It is easy to be mistaken about what a bid includes, sometimes it is simply miscommunication, but sometimes things are missed on purpose to charge more money. One reason you hire someone else is to get a warranty, so get it written down for your protection. It is always good to have everything written down, because it protects both sides.
Whether you’re buying replacement windows from a home improvement store, or dealing with a local contractor, make sure that you understand the warranty that comes with the windows and/or work. Some contractors, for example, will offer more extensive warranties than others. If you get a truly comprehensive warranty, it might even extend to the home’s next owner, which could be an attractive feature if you ever want to sell. Before you sign any contracts or make any purchases, make sure you understand the warranty and are completely satisfied with its conditions. By planning ahead, you will see exactly what you have to do and won’t be surprised once you are into this project. It’s best to do as much research as possible so you know what kind of windows and frames are best for your home, how much it will cost and how long it will take. Once the work has begun, it’s often difficult to make changes, so you should be as prepared as possible ahead of time.