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There are many good reasons to replace the windows in your home if they’re old, damaged or not very energy efficient. What other home improvement project can make your home look great, feel warmer and also make it more energy efficient all at the same time? You’ll also notice how charming and neat your home looks with a brand new set of windows. By applying the following rules, you can ensure that you make all the right decisions when it’s time to replace your windows.
The best value will cost more in the beginning, and that is getting triple pane windows for their insulation qualities. The cost of the windows you need will be determined, for the most part, by the climate where you live. When you do not need to be concerned about extreme heat, or extreme cold, the energy efficiency of the window is not the most important issue. If you’re going to have a contractor or window replacement company do the job for you, it’s a good idea to get several estimates before making your choice. Another concern that needs to be outlined, unless you are not replacing them, are the frames that surround your windows on your home. If you are looking for an outside frame for your windows that is virtually maintenance free, do not choose something made of wood. If the primary reason you are doing a window replacement project to save money on your heating and cooling, choose vinyl every time. 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. Fiberglass frames should be purchased over vinyl, especially if you are looking for a long-term investment.
Your windows should not only be energy-efficient and cost effective, but should provide you with the highest level of protection possible once installed. Safety for your family, and yourself, should be factored in once you begin to change out your windows. How a window looks is not as important as how safe it will make you feel knowing that the locks that come with them will provide you with safety. Your windows need to provide you with peace of mind which begins with knowing the locks on them will help you prevent forced entry. Some people think that window locks aren’t that important because a thief can always break the glass, but the fact is most burglars are looking for a quiet and safe way to enter a home and don’t want to start smashing glass, so a good lock will deter them.
There are many things you can do to make your house look nicer, but certainly one of the best is to replace your windows. The most important thing about a window replacement project, is to have the right person doing the job. A window replacement job can be way more difficult than it looks, so spend a lot of time thinking it over, before you decide to do it yourself.