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Replacing your old windows with attractive, energy efficient ones can do a lot for your home in many ways. If you want to reduce your utility bills, add to your home’s value and be more comfortable, new windows can do all of this for you. As long as you pick the right kind of windows, they can also instantly give your home a great new look. Replacing windows, however, can be a costly and time-consuming endeavor, so you want to be sure you know exactly what you’re getting into before you begin.
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. You have to keep in mind how fragile windows and frames are; any missteps on your part could mean costly repairs. Furthermore, you have to consider how much time this project will take. If you do decide to find a local contractor or company, make sure you do your research first. You shouldn’t have to pay for an estimate, so the best policy is to get a few different ones to test the waters. The best choice would be a contractor who someone you trust has recommended as reliable. Another source of information is online customer reviews, especially if you live in a large enough area that you can find reviews for nearby contractors.
In some cases, you can get tax credits for choosing certain energy efficient windows. Not only will you be reaping the rewards of these windows by saving energy, but also getting an additional savings by taking the tax credit as well. If you are exploring windows in the U.S., the Energy Star program is one that authorizes energy efficient windows. To take this efficiency a step further, you are also allowed tax credits for other home improvements like changing to energy efficient doors and insulating your home. This can help you save on your taxes as well as your utility bills.
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. You have to be sure to read all the fine print with such a warranty, and if you don’t understand something, ask for clarification. Contractors or stores/companies that are selling you windows should be confident enough in their products or services that they’re willing to give you a generous and extensive warranty in exchange for your business.
Putting new windows into your house will give it extra value. Home improvement projects, such as painting and replacing windows, will give your house a totally new appearance. Another good reason for changing all of your windows is to lower heating cost. When to replace your house’s windows is a decision you will be able to make once you have all of the correct information.