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Starting your window replacement/door project must begin with choosing the best time of year to do it.

When choosing your new windows, remember that at times you’ll probably want to open them. That’s why you should carefully consider how you want the windows to open, as there’s a considerable difference between the various types. There are many types of windows, but in most cases you’ll be choosing among vertical sliders, horizontal sliders and casement windows. A casement window is typically like a door and swings, rather that going vertical or horizontal. Each kind has a different look, and will affect how you open them, so it’s something you should carefully consider. Just because you have one kind now doesn’t mean you have to stick with it when you make a change.

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 make any mistakes, you can do damage to the windows or frames and then it will have cost you rather than saved you money. Before deciding to DIY, you also have to make sure you can spare the time necessary to get the materials and do the work. Choosing the right company or contractor, on the other hand, presents a different set of challenges. You should look for a contractor who will give you a free consultation and estimate. The best choice would be a contractor who someone you trust has recommended as reliable. Lacking this, you can go online and search for someone who has some good reviews. 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). Wooden frames are all the rage, but people forget how high maintenance they are especially if you live in a climate zone with a lot of precipitation. If the primary reason you are doing a window replacement project to save money on your heating and cooling, choose vinyl every time. It’s also fairly reasonable compared to other types of frames. Most people do not use aluminum because it is not cost-efficient, especially in regard to your heating and cooling budget. The strongest and most energy efficient frames of all are those made from fiberglass, though they can be quite expensive.

Checking around to find good deals isn’t necessarily easy, but it is something you must do if you want to do your own window replacing. Quite often window companies will want your business, so they are trying to outbid each other, and you will benefit.

This is a good time to look through local publications, and even online, to find out who may be offering a good discount on windows. One of the main reasons to hire the job out to professionals is that they can get better prices, and they are better able to compare products. While you naturally want to save money when buying windows, you also have to consider quality and energy efficiency so you get something that will make a real difference.

It a common desire to be aware of and try to negate the high cost of energy; replacing your windows with more efficient ones would be a good start. You will be enhancing your home life while also raising the amount your residence is worth. Regardless of who will accomplish the job, it will be a rewarding experience.