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Things to Consider When Replacing Your Windows

There comes a time when you need to replace the existing windows of your home. When doing this, you need to consider some things. The following are the things you need to have put into consideration when replacing your home windows.

Frames count

window frames

The choices of a frame may be steel, vinyl, aluminum or fiberglass. The most popular type of frame is vinyl which is used by 67% of homeowners. The advantages of vinyl are that it will not transfer cold or heat readily. It also does not chip or fade and stands up to most elements. Its disadvantage, however, is that it comes in tan or white and you cannot paint it.

Aluminum and steel may be painted, but they transfer cold or heat during winter or summer respectively. Fiberglass comes in dark colors that may not be great for your home, but they can be painted any color.

Know the climate

When choosing new windows, you probably need to choose the triple pane or double pane. The climate needs to help you in making this choice. If you live in climates that are extreme, then you may go for triple pane. However, double pane will work best in most places at a relatively lower price.

Low-E

This is a standard for most windows today, and it is something everyone wants. Low-E windows are those that keep out harmful rays from the sun. These rays can fade the furniture or cause harm to your eyes. Low-E windows will block such rays but still allow you to have big, wonderful windows that allow in a lot of light.

 

Shopping for the windows

When shopping for your windows, it is advisable that you buy from registered shops, insured and bonded contractors. Reading online reviews and asking for references will help you a great deal. If you have to choose between recognized and lower price window contractors, then it is wise to choose the former.  Windows are a great purchase so buy carefully. Also, learn about the various frames and panes available in the market. Find out the recommended ones for your climate and location.

Reason for replacement

reason for replacementIf you are replacing the windows to lower your utility bills, then you first need to do the math. Windows can be an expensive purchase, and therefore you will not get fast payback. The windows may be letting in dust, air and pollen,or they are loose or detract you from your home’s appearance. In this case, adding these concerns and new windows seem a shining deal.…

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