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The first thing you should consider when replacing windows is whether you only need to replace the windows or the frames as well. This will make a very big difference in the amount of work and the price of the whole project. As far as jobs go, it will be relatively simple, when you only have to take the old glass, and put in new.
What follows are some helpful tips to keep in mind when replacing windows.
The cost will change depending on what glass you choose to use, whether you use triple pane glass or glass filled with argon gas. But if the window frames are old and perhaps damaged, you should really take the plunge and replace everything, as it won’t do you much good to have brand new windows if there are cracks in the frames.
Sometimes if you call a particular company, they may have very aggressive salespeople who will try to sell you on the spot. Realize that finding the right company is a process, so don’t fall for the best sales pitch without having time to think about it. 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. If the company doesn’t have a good reputation, you should never get a bid from them in the first place.
Purchasing windows can be a huge long term investment, so you need to take your finances into account. High quality windows will not only help you save money on heating bills, they add to the monetary value of your home. Sounds like a great idea to buy substandard ones if that is less expensive; except that they will certainly not last as long as the better quality ones. Energy efficient windows have certain characteristics that make them special; if you are able to locate one such as this within your budget, grab it. There’s no point in going through the trouble and expense of installing new windows if you’re going to have to replace them yet again in a few years.
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. If you’re confident in your ability to do the job yourself, that’s fine, but otherwise you’re better off spending a little extra and getting a reliable professional to do it for you.