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When undertaking a large project such as replacing your windows, it’s worth considering exactly when the best time to do it will be.
One of your first considerations when doing such a project is to consider the time of year in which to begin. Beginning in late fall is a great time because typically the weather is dry and the climate is relatively warm. The reason for choosing these particular times of the year is that your house will be open with some of the windows missing as you work. Of course, if you’re fortunate enough to live somewhere with a temperate climate this won’t matter much, but if you have to contend with four seasons, you should avoid replacing your windows when it’s too hot, cold or wet.
Your house will be better insulated with windows that have triple panes, but they will cost you more money in the beginning. How much you want to invest in energy-efficient windows will also depend to some degree on where you live. You do not need the added cost for the most efficient windows if you live where the climate is mild, so the looks can then be your main focus. The easiest way to find the right company to do your work is to know someone, but if you don’t, then get several estimates before choosing. Once you have decided on the windows that you want, and the time of year to start a project, you must consider the frames around your windows. If you are looking for an outside frame for your windows that is virtually maintenance free, do not choose something made of wood. The best choice that anyone can make, especially in regard to energy efficiency, is to choose vinyl over wood. It’s also fairly reasonable compared to other types of frames. 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. The strongest and most energy efficient frames of all are those made from fiberglass, though they can be quite expensive.
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Regardless of whether you’re going to buy your own materials and do the job yourself or hire a contractor, one thing you want to be very clear about are the guarantees or warranties that cover the work and materials. You’ll want to know exactly what type of conditions, and for what length of time, the warranty is good for. One type of warranty even remains valid if ownership of the house is transferred, which would be a benefit you could certainly use to help you sell the house. If you’re buying quality windows or dealing with a contractor that has confidence in his work, you should get a warranty that protects your investment for a long time. Replacing windows is going to take you quite a bit of time so make sure your plans cover every aspect. By doing this plan of action ahead of time, you will be able to stay within your budget and not be surprised as you begin to purchase everything you need to get it done. Once the work has begun, it’s often difficult to make changes, so you should be as prepared as possible ahead of time.