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Before you do anything, make sure you start this project at the right time of year. Beginning in late fall is a great time because typically the weather is dry and the climate is relatively warm. The reason for choosing these particular times of the year is that your house will be open with some of the windows missing as you work. People that live in the equatorial regions, up to about 20° latitude, shouldn’t have to worry about these issues at all.
Of course, you may want to upgrade your windows to something that’s very energy-efficient, like triple pane glass or windows that have argon gas, which will drive up the cost. Changing the glass only, is dependent on good frames, but if the frames are falling apart then you should spend the extra money and replace the whole window, frame and all.
Don’t jump into anything too quickly, because aggressive salespeople will sometimes try anything to get a sale. Don’t make a decision without taking the time to make comparisons and getting emotions out of the choice. You can always call them back later. When you have several estimates you will be able to think things through, and make the best conclusion. If the company doesn’t have a good reputation, you should never get a bid from them in the first place.
Your windows should not only be energy-efficient and cost effective, but should provide you with the highest level of protection possible once installed. Crime, especially if you live in a city, will always be a factor to consider when purchasing your windows. How a window looks is not as important as how safe it will make you feel knowing that the locks that come with them will provide you with safety. Take a few minutes to look at the different lock options on the windows that you are going to purchase prior to installation. As a general rule, most criminals do not throw rocks through your windows to get in; it is in their best interest to stay quiet which means having an adequate lock system is what will keep you most safe.
To add value to your house, you can remove your old windows, and install some new, energy-efficient windows. Home improvement projects, such as painting and replacing windows, will give your house a totally new appearance. There are many good reasons to put in new energy-efficient windows, but lowering energy usage is probably the best. With the right information you will be able to make the best choice when it comes to window replacements.