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When trying to decide whether to replace the windows in your home, check to see if the whole frame needs replacing, or only the glass. The cost of the project, and the time involved will be much less, if only the glass needs to be replaced. It is much easier to cut glass to the right size, instead of matching the whole window.
Many homeowners like the idea of handling window replacement themselves; unless you’re a real DIYer, however, you may be better off hiring a qualified contractor instead. You have to keep in mind how fragile windows and frames are; any missteps on your part could mean costly repairs. You should also factor in the amount of time it will take to replace your windows. Of course, if you choose to use a contractor, then you also have to take certain precautions to make sure you pick the right one. You shouldn’t have to pay for an estimate, so the best policy is to get a few different ones to test the waters. If someone you know has had good experiences with any local contractors, this is the best way to locate someone trustworthy. Another source of information is online customer reviews, especially if you live in a large enough area that you can find reviews for nearby contractors.
There are a number of windows that are energy efficient and will qualify you for a tax credit. To take advantage of this, just examine the tax laws in your locale along with making inquires into the windows that meet the criteria; furthermore your utility bill will be more economical. In the U.S., hunt for windows that are backed by the Energy Star program. As long as you are enhancing your home in this way, you may as well check into tax credits for other things like insulation and more efficient doors. This may facilitate saving on your taxes plus on your monthly electric bills.