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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 numerous styles of windows out there, but the few that will probably suit your needs will be horizontal or vertical sliders, or casement windows. Casement windows are hinged similar to a door instead of being vertical or horizontal. How the window opens and the overall aspect should be given some thought. When choosing new ones, know that you do not have to keep the same design as before.
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. It’s important to get replacement windows that improve your home aesthetically as well as energy-wise. 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. If you have, for example a 19th Century (or even older) home with a homey fireplace and antique furniture, you’d want windows that fit with this look. A more modern home would naturally look better with contemporary windows. Also keep in mind that the better everything in your home looks, the higher its value if you ever want to put it on the market.
It is important that you also replace the basement windows. No matter what your basement is used for, unfinished and used for storage or laundry, or finished and used as another room, the windows are important. For the look of the house, and also security, the basement is equally as important as the rest of the house. Poor windows in the basement allow cold air to get in, and this cold air will cause the whole house to become colder. Poor windows become a security risk, when they allow intruders easy access into the basement. Finally, having good windows throughout your house increases its value. Replacing your windows is not a simple or casual job, so you have to take it seriously and investigate all your options before deciding on the course you want to take. You want to be happy with the appearance of the windows, the energy efficiency and the quality of the labor, if you’re hiring someone to do it. As long as you plan ahead, replacement windows can really add value, warmth and appeal to your home.