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When trying to decide whether to replace the windows in your home, check to see if the whole frame needs replacing, or only the glass. Replacing the glass instead of the entire window, is a much smaller, and easier job, there also less costly. To replace only the glass is quite simple when compared to changing the whole window.
The remainder of this article will have useful information that could be helpful when you change your windows.
Unless you really know what you’re doing, the safest route is to hire a reputable contractor or window replacement company to handle this project. When you do the work yourself, you risk, at best, doing a less than perfect job, and, at worst, causing damage that will be very expensive to repair. Before deciding to DIY, you also have to make sure you can spare the time necessary to get the materials and do the work. Choosing the right company or contractor, on the other hand, presents a different set of challenges. You shouldn’t have to pay for an estimate, so the best policy is to get a few different ones to test the waters. Word of mouth is always a good way to find quality help, so you should ask everyone you know to recommend a contractor who’s reasonable and does quality work. Nowadays, you can also find customer reviews online for just about any type of service, so you can check to see if any contractors in your area have been reviewed. 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). A very popular choice with people that do cosmetic reconstruction of their homes is to choose wooden frames. Using vinyl is a great choice if you are looking to cut your heating bill. Using vinyl will not only allow you to cut your heating bill, but also keep within your budget for this project. 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. The strongest and most energy efficient frames of all are those made from fiberglass, though they can be quite expensive.
Warranties are an important consideration when you purchase new windows and/or hire someone to replace them. For example, if you’re getting both windows and frames, the length of the warranty may be different for these two components. Some companies that sell windows, for example, guarantee them for a lifetime, in some cases covering them even if the property is sold. Before you sign any contracts or make any purchases, make sure you understand the warranty and are completely satisfied with its conditions.
In summary, window replacement can add quite a bit of value to your home. Like painting your whole house, it’s the kind of project that gives your home a feeling of newness. In these times of escalating fuel bills, it can also reduce your heating costs, which is one of the best reasons to do it. When to replace your house’s windows is a decision you will be able to make once you have all of the correct information.