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Before you do anything, make sure you start this project at the right time of year. Many people will start once spring has arrived, leading into summer, so that they have clear and warm days to work. While windows are being replaced, your home will be open to heat, cold and rain, so it’s best to do this during the mildest possible time. 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.
If you want to get the best possible type of insulation from your windows, you should go with triple pane windows, though these of course will also be more expensive. Depending on the weather in the region where you live, you will know how energy-efficient the windows will need to be. When you do not need to be concerned about extreme heat, or extreme cold, the energy efficiency of the window is not the most important issue. The best recommendation for the right company comes from a reliable friend, but since that isn’t always there, you will need at least three bids before making your choice.
There are questions that you need to ask, when you decide to hire the job to replace your windows out to someone else. Some companies that replace windows, as well as individual contractors are perfectly honest, but others aren’t above misleading you when it comes to giving you estimates.
A reputable company won’t try to sneak things by you, so make sure that you get estimates from companies with an honest reputation. Ask them, for example, if removing the old windows is included or if there’s an additional charge for this. One reason you hire someone else is to get a warranty, so get it written down for your protection. The main reason for always using a company with a good reputation is that it minimizes problems, and what problems there are, can be worked out.
Whether you’re buying replacement windows from a home improvement store, or dealing with a local contractor, make sure that you understand the warranty that comes with the windows and/or work. You’ll want to know exactly what type of conditions, and for what length of time, the warranty is good for. 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. 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. Now that you have a practical list of window replacement tips to consult, you can start making plans to begin this exciting project!