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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. The amount of work, in addition to the overall cost of the job, will be drastically reduced if the glass is all that needs to be replaced. It is a relatively simple job when all that is needed is to change out the glass.
The remainder of this article will have useful information that could be helpful when you change your windows.
Unless you really know what you’re doing, the safest route is to hire a reputable contractor or window replacement company to handle this project. If you’re not experienced at this kind of job, it would be very easy to break a window or frame, and then your attempt to save on costs will have backfired. You should also factor in the amount of time it will take to replace your windows. A good contractor can save you all this hassle, but of course you have to make sure you pick a skilled and reputable one. To begin with, don’t even make an appointment with a contractor who wants to charge you for just looking at your house; you should at least get a free estimate. It’s also best to use someone who’s been recommended to you by a friend or neighbor. Lacking this, you can go online and search for someone who has some good reviews. Remember that you’ll be looking at, or through your windows for years to come, so pick ones you like. Keep in mind that your new windows will, for better or worse, change the general look of your home, so make sure you choose them wisely. There are windows to fit every possible preference and style -for instance, if your home is a restored farmhouse filled with antiques, you’d naturally want to go with a window design from the same period as your home and furnishings. A more modern home would naturally look better with contemporary windows. Remember that you’ll not only feel better about windows that look great, but this will add to your home’s value if you ever decide to sell it.
If you’re replacing your windows or hiring someone to do it, there will naturally be some sort of warranty attached to the job and materials -make sure you understand this ahead of time. For example, if you’re getting both windows and frames, the length of the warranty may be different for these two components. One type of warranty even remains valid if ownership of the house is transferred, which would be a benefit you could certainly use to help you sell the house. 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.
To add value to your house, you can remove your old windows, and install some new, energy-efficient windows. Like painting your whole house, it’s the kind of project that gives your home a feeling of newness. In these times of escalating fuel bills, it can also reduce your heating costs, which is one of the best reasons to do it. Whether to replace your windows or not, is something that you will be able to decide by following the previous guidelines.