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If you are a home owner, there comes a time when you will need to replace your windows, and it will be a big job. Updating to energy-efficient windows will lower heat bills, while giving your house a new look. Before starting your window replacement project, however, it’s good to keep some principles in mind. Having the information in the rest of this article will allow you to make the right decisions, and keep you from paying too much for your window replacement project. Even though changing the look of your house is important, the main reason for putting in new windows is to save energy costs. It is nice to be able to save money on the heating costs, but being comfortable during the year is what makes it all worthwhile.
The cost will change depending on what glass you choose to use, whether you use triple pane glass or glass filled with argon gas. To do the job right, if the frames are bad, then the whole window should be replaced, even though the price will be considerably more. 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). If you are looking for an outside frame for your windows that is virtually maintenance free, do not choose something made of wood. Energy efficiency can be achieved if you avoid wooden frames and choose vinyl instead. Using vinyl will not only allow you to cut your heating bill, but also keep within your budget for this project. 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. It’s important to know exactly what the warranty does and doesn’t cover, and naturally for what time period. You have to be sure to read all the fine print with such a warranty, and if you don’t understand something, ask for clarification. If you’re buying quality windows or dealing with a contractor that has confidence in his work, you should get a warranty that protects your investment for a long time.
In summary, window replacement can add quite a bit of value to your home. Home improvement projects, such as painting and replacing windows, will give your house a totally new appearance. Another good reason for changing all of your windows is to lower heating cost. Whether to replace your windows or not, is something that you will be able to decide by following the previous guidelines.