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Starting your window replacement project must begin with choosing the best time of year to do it. Many people will start once spring has arrived, leading into summer, so that they have clear and warm days to work. 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.
While it can be satisfying and less costly to replace your own windows, in many cases it makes more sense to hire a contractor to do it. You have to keep in mind how fragile windows and frames are; any missteps on your part could mean costly repairs. You should also factor in the amount of time it will take to replace your windows. A good contractor can save you all this hassle, but of course you have to make sure you pick a skilled and reputable one. To begin with, don’t even make an appointment with a contractor who wants to charge you for just looking at your house; you should at least get a free estimate. The best choice would be a contractor who someone you trust has recommended as reliable. You may also be able to find reviews of contractors or window replacement companies online. 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 your home has a traditional look, with lots of antiques, you’ll want windows that match this style. But you wouldn’t want old fashioned windows in a home with an otherwise contemporary look. Remember that you’ll not only feel better about windows that look great, but this will add to your home’s value if you ever decide to sell it.
Some people don’t think that the basement windows need to be changed, along with the others. 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. Having a secure house, all of the windows need to be part of the security plan, even the basement. The whole house can be made cooler when the basement is cold, which happens more often with poor quality windows. Poor windows become a security risk, when they allow intruders easy access into the basement. New windows that look good, that are secure, and save on energy prices, will raise the value of your house. Window replacement is a major renovation for your home, so don’t rush into it, but do your research and think about each factor. Be certain that the windows you’re selecting are the best looking, most energy efficient ones you can find in your price range. You’ll be able to enjoy your new windows for a long time if you keep all these factors in mind when making your plans.