Damaged windows can compromise the appearance of your home and cause an increase in your energy bills, so replacing your windows can have aesthetic, as well as practical benefits.That's because windows that no longer fit can't provide the seals needed to effectively keep heat,cold and rain out. As a result, you will need to use more energy to keep your home at comfortable temperatures during hot and cold weather. Even though the energy savings can be significant, window replacements can be expensive, so you should do your homework before you select a contractor to complete this project. There are three things you should determine before you make your final decision.
1. Should You Replace or Repair?
The first thing is to find out is if you should have your windows replaced or repaired. If the window frames are in good condition and are aligned, your contractor may only need to install a replacement window within the original frame. However, if the original frame is in bad condition, the contractor may need to build a completely new window frame before installing a new window. If you have unusual windows that you want to preserve, if the frames are in good condition, your contractor may be able to make minor repairs and then remove the old paint before re-painting or staining them. This may also be a good time to consider upgrades such as soundproof windows or windows with sun protection.
2. What Type of Windows Should You Choose?
If you're open to taking advantage of all your window options, you should become familiar with the types of windows available. A few common types are casement windows, double-hung windows and tilt-out windows. Casement windows are considered easy to open and close because they are hinged on the left or the right side and are operated with a crank. Double-hung windows have two movable panels that can be opened, vertically, separately or at the same time. Tilt-out windows allow you to open them at an angle for easy cleaning.
3. Choose Your Contractor Carefully
To select the right contractor, find out how long they estimate your project will take. Most average residential window replacements should be completed in one day. Unless there is something unusual about your windows, avoid contractors who can't commit to a one-day time frame. Confirm that the contractors are factory-authorized or certified because this insures they have the training needed to install the windows you need. Find out what type of warranties they offer. Most glass and window manufacturers offer 10 to 20 year warranties on their products. Find out what happens if something goes wrong after your windows are installed? You need to know if you should contact the person who installed your windows or a salesperson or company representative.
To learn more, contact a window installation expert like Nu-Vue Products.