Whether it’s after 7 years or 40, eventually every window breaks down and loses its effectiveness and has to be replaced. If you’re at the point in your home’s life where it needs new windows, there a few things to consider to make sure you’re getting the best windows to keep your house feeling like a home for a long time.
The first thing you want to do is figure out what goals you want to attain with your new windows. Do you just want something that looks pretty, do you want something that provides security/safety, do you want something to keep your house cool in the summer, do you want all the above? It is also very important to know if you want the same type of windows you had before or if you’re willing to try something different and look at the options.
Once you know what you generally want out of your new windows (or even if you can’t decide), you want to make a comparison list of all the different types of frame materials available to you and what each of their benefits are. There’s generally 4 different types of frame materials: Vinyl, Aluminum, fiberglass and wood.It’s always important to do your research so you have as much information as possible.
You will also want to look at glass options. Do you want double glazed or triple glazed, argon gas or krypton gas, there’s so many options it can get overwhelming. Find a reputable window replacement company or a few and compare information with your own research to help you make a decision.
As you start calling up contractors and window replacement companies, you want to create a comparison checklist to keep track of budget, window quality, contractor costs, energy efficiency, prices, project timeline, manufacturer’s warranty, service warranty, etc.
Speaking of warranty, you definitely want to read every warranty before you sign anything or agree to anything. Whether you’re going with a small local company or a major national company, reading the service and manufacturer’s warranty for your new windows is important. Down the line whether you stay in your home forever or put it on the market, you want your new windows to be covered for repairs and inspection if there ends up being an issue with them. You want to know if the warranty is transferable, if it covers repairs or normal wear and tear (most warranties unlike the Peoples Products HR40 warranty usually don’t cover wear and tear).
Check references, follow your instincts, if something doesn’t feel right, it probably isn’t right. Double check and get a second opinion always to make sure you’re getting the right deal and making the right investment. Getting new windows is an investment you’re making into your home’s future. It should be worth it and if it’s energy efficient, you’ll save money in the long run.
At the end of the day you want to listen to and use a professional who knows what they’re doing.
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