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If this project is going to be large and long in duration, you need to consider what month of the year that you begin to do the work. Many people will start once spring has arrived, leading into summer, so that they have clear and warm days to work. To prevent having rain come into your home while your windows are being replaced, it is a good idea to choose these months of the year. If you live in a climate zone or a latitude that provides year-round good weather, you won’t have to worry about this issue before starting.
The best value will cost more in the beginning, and that is getting triple pane windows for their insulation qualities. How much you want to invest in energy-efficient windows will also depend to some degree on where you live. You do not need the added cost for the most efficient windows if you live where the climate is mild, so the looks can then be your main focus. If you’re going to have a contractor or window replacement company do the job for you, it’s a good idea to get several estimates before making your choice. 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). Many people like the traditional look of wood, but this type of frame needs the most maintenance. When it comes to energy efficiency, vinyl is always a good choice. Vinyl is actually not that much more expensive than your basic frame. One of the worst frames that you can get is aluminum because it is a great conductor of heat and cold which will adversely affect the temperature range inside. Over time, the initial cost of investing in fiberglass frames will save you thousands of dollars in energy costs.