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Starting your window replacement project must begin with choosing the best time of year to do it.
When undertaking a large project such as replacing your windows, it’s worth considering exactly when the best time to do it will be. This will vary depending on how the climate is where you live, but in general it’s best to do this in the late spring or early fall, when the temperature is moderate. While windows are being replaced, your home will be open to heat, cold and rain, so it’s best to do this during the mildest possible time. If you live in a climate zone or a latitude that provides year-round good weather, you won’t have to worry about this issue before starting.
While it can be satisfying and less costly to replace your own windows, in many cases it makes more sense to hire a contractor to do it. If you’re not experienced at this kind of job, it would be very easy to break a window or frame, and then your attempt to save on costs will have backfired. You also have to decide if you’re willing to invest the time that this project will take up -remember to include things like measuring, getting all the supplies and cleaning up. If you do decide to find a local contractor or company, make sure you do your research first. To begin with, don’t even make an appointment with a contractor who wants to charge you for just looking at your house; you should at least get a free estimate. Ask your friends, relatives and local acquaintances for recommendations, as this is the best way to find a good contractor. You may also be able to find reviews of contractors or window replacement companies online. 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. If the primary reason you are doing a window replacement project to save money on your heating and cooling, choose vinyl every time. Vinyl is actually not that much more expensive than your basic frame. One of the worst frames that you can get is aluminum because it is a great conductor of heat and cold which will adversely affect the temperature range inside. If you want the best, something that will last the longest and save you money over time, always choose fiberglass.
Warranties are an important consideration when you purchase new windows and/or hire someone to replace them. 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. Before you sign any contracts or make any purchases, make sure you understand the warranty and are completely satisfied with its conditions. Before you decide how you’re going to replace your windows, be sure that you’ve looked at every detail so you can be confident you’re making the right choices. If you’re hiring a contractor, do everything you can to ascertain he’s reliable; make sure you’re satisfied with the quality and look of the windows before choosing them. In this article we’ve looked at some of the main considerations that must be remembered when replacing your windows.