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When you undertaking a large project such as replacing your windows, it’s worth considering exactly when the best time to do it will be. This will vary depending on how the climate is where you live, but in general it’s best to do this in the late spring or early fall, when the temperature is moderate. Having moderate temperatures is essential when the windows on your home are being removed sometimes even overnight. People that live in the equatorial regions, up to about 20° latitude, shouldn’t have to worry about these issues at all.
You first have to choose whether you want to replace the windows yourself or find a company or contractor to do the job; for most people, the latter is recommended. If you make any mistakes, you can do damage to the windows or frames and then it will have cost you rather than saved you money. Before deciding to DIY, you also have to make sure you can spare the time necessary to get the materials and do the work. As long as you find the right contractor, who is honest and charges a reasonable fee, you may want to consider going this route. You shouldn’t have to pay for an estimate, so the best policy is to get a few different ones to test the waters. Ask your friends, relatives and local acquaintances for recommendations, as this is the best way to find a good contractor. 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). Many people like the traditional look of wood, but this type of frame needs the most maintenance. The best choice that anyone can make, especially in regard to energy efficiency, is to choose vinyl over wood. Vinyl is actually not that much more expensive than your basic frame. Some window frames are aluminum, but these have the drawback of not being very energy efficient unless you choose ones with thermal breaks that keep out air and moisture. Over time, the initial cost of investing in fiberglass frames will save you thousands of dollars in energy costs.
Whenever you do a home project, such as putting in new windows, you need to find the best possible deals. Quite often window companies will want your business, so they are trying to outbid each other, and you will benefit.
Remember when you are looking for discounts that you must compare the same quality windows or you could be getting a bad deal. For people who aren’t used to dealing with building products, it can be a difficult job actually knowing which product is the best deal. While you naturally want to save money when buying windows, you also have to consider quality and energy efficiency so you get something that will make a real difference. Window replacement is a major renovation for your home, so don’t rush into it, but do your research and think about each factor. Do as much preliminary research as you have to do when it comes to the look and quality of the windows, as well as the person or company you may be hiring to do the job. Now that you have a practical list of window replacement tips to consult, you can start making plans to begin this exciting project!