Window replacement can be a big job, whether you do it yourself or hire a contractor or company to do it. New windows can give your whole house a fresh new look and also greatly improve energy efficiency. Before starting your window replacement project, however, it’s good to keep some principles in mind. When you have the right information, you can choose the best product and service for saving you money and getting the job done right. When you choose replacement windows, one of the most important factors to consider is the energy efficiency. It is nice to be able to save money on the heating costs, but being comfortable during the year is what makes it all worthwhile.
When choosing your new windows, remember that at times you’ll probably want to open them. One point to take into consideration is the manner in which you require the window to open; there are many choices to weigh in on. There are many types of windows, but in most cases you’ll be choosing among vertical sliders, horizontal sliders and casement windows. A casement window is typically like a door and swings, rather that going vertical or horizontal. Each kind has a different look, and will affect how you open them, so it’s something you should carefully consider. Your options are open when getting new ones.
Aggressive companies will try to pressure you into using their company giving you a lot of hype. Make sure that you have at least three estimates before deciding, so that you won’t be talked into anything without having time to think and compare. Remember that you are in charge, and that the decision is yours. You will always be in a better position to make the right decision, when you have more information. You do not want price alone to determine which company to use.
Whether you’re buying replacement windows from a home improvement store, or dealing with a local contractor, make sure that you understand the warranty that comes with the windows and/or work. There may be different guarantees for the glass and non-glass parts of the window. In some cases, the warranty may be lifetime, and may even be transferable if you sell the house; this would be a good selling point to a prospective buyer. 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. Replacing windows is going to take you quite a bit of time so make sure your plans cover every aspect. It’s best to do as much research as possible so you know what kind of windows and frames are best for your home, how much it will cost and how long it will take. Once the work has begun, it’s often difficult to make changes, so you should be as prepared as possible ahead of time.