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When you are deciding on the best type of window to install; remember that you will most likely opt to have them open sometimes. Your preference on windows ought to be founded on the specific needs of your home, like the direction they need to open. There are many types of windows, but in most cases you’ll be choosing among vertical sliders, horizontal sliders and casement windows. If you need a window that swings, you would choose the casement window. Every one has their own appearance and result on opening them, so choose wisely. Just because you have one kind now doesn’t mean you have to stick with it when you make a change.
Even if you only need to replace the glass it can get expensive when you choose to use triple pane glass, or argon gas-filled windows. Your house won’t look very good, when only replacing the glass if the frames are bad, so in that case you will need to change out the entire window.
Unless you are competent at home improvement projects, replacing your windows should be hired out, and you should know what questions to ask. Many companies aren’t above doing underhanded things to get a job, such as replacing windows, so don’t jump to taking a bid without checking it out first.
When you get an estimate, make sure that you get everything down in writing just what the bid includes. It is easy to be mistaken about what a bid includes, sometimes it is simply miscommunication, but sometimes things are missed on purpose to charge more money. Also inquire about what kind of warranty there is, and make sure you get this in writing. The main reason for always using a company with a good reputation is that it minimizes problems, and what problems there are, can be worked out.
When choosing windows, many people think about appearance, energy efficiency and cost but forget about another factor -security. Regardless of the style that you choose, or what kind of deal you can get, your windows must always be secure to keep you safe at home. Even if you are hooked up to some type of alarm system, the locks on your windows need to be secure and burglar proof. Locks on windows come in all shapes and sizes, therefore take your time choosing the right one for your particular neighborhood. Smashing the glass on your windows is not the goal of most criminals, therefore having the best locks for your protection should be your primary focus. Once your new windows are installed, it’s too late to change your mind, so the time to do all the thinking and researching is now. You want to be happy with the appearance of the windows, the energy efficiency and the quality of the labor, if you’re hiring someone to do it. As long as you plan ahead, replacement windows can really add value, warmth and appeal to your home.