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Replacing your old windows with attractive, energy efficient ones can do a lot for your home in many ways. What other home improvement project can make your home look great, feel warmer and also make it more energy efficient all at the same time? They can also make you feel better about your house, especially if you choose a style of windows that you really like. Replacing windows, however, can be a costly and time-consuming endeavor, so you want to be sure you know exactly what you’re getting into before you begin.
The best value will cost more in the beginning, and that is getting triple pane windows for their insulation qualities. Depending on the weather in the region where you live, you will know how energy-efficient the windows will need to be. If you live in a mild climate, you may not have to worry too much about this so you can focus more on the appearance and durability of the windows. Unless you have a good recommendation from a reliable person, you should get several estimates before choosing a company to do your work. 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. Aluminum frames are not advisable, especially if you are trying to reduce sound, heat exchange, and your heating bill. If it is in your budget, choose fiberglass because it is the most energy efficient frame of them all.
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. Some contractors, for example, will offer more extensive warranties than others. In some cases, the warranty may be lifetime, and may even be transferable if you sell the house; this would be a good selling point to a prospective buyer. The warranty is an important way to protect your investment, so it’s essential that it gives you thorough coverage when it comes to materials and/or workmanship. When you plan to replace the windows in your home, you’re taking on a big and expensive project, so make sure you know exactly what you’re going to be getting. If you’re hiring a contractor, do everything you can to ascertain he’s reliable; make sure you’re satisfied with the quality and look of the windows before choosing them. As long as you plan ahead, replacement windows can really add value, warmth and appeal to your home.