Window replacement is a serious home renovation project and one that can add to the look, value and comfort of your house. It takes a great deal of planning, from choosing when to do it, to what style of window that you are going to install. The following will be a quick summary of the things you need to know and have before you begin your window replacement project.
When trying to decide whether to replace the windows in your home, check to see if the whole frame needs replacing, or only the glass. This will make a very big difference in the amount of work and the price of the whole project. It is a relatively simple job when all that is needed is to change out the glass.
Of course, you may want to upgrade your windows to something that’s very energy-efficient, like triple pane glass or windows that have argon gas, which will drive up the cost. But if the window frames are old and perhaps damaged, you should really take the plunge and replace everything, as it won’t do you much good to have brand new windows if there are cracks in the frames.
Unless you are competent at home improvement projects, replacing your windows should be hired out, and you should know what questions to ask. When you are checking out companies to use for your window replacement job, try to only get estimates from the most reputable ones.
A reputable company won’t try to sneak things by you, so make sure that you get estimates from companies with an honest reputation. Always check estimates over so you know what you are being charged for, and won’t have any surprise charges pop up later. An honest company will give a warranty for their work, but you still should get it in writing. An honest company will do what they say, even without having anything written down.
Some people don’t think that the basement windows need to be changed, along with the others. Many people have an unfinished basement that is only used for storage, but changing the windows is still important. The basement is no different from any other part of the house, in needing energy-efficient windows that are also attractive and secure. When the windows in the basement are inferior, they will let cold air in, which could cool down the whole house. Since security is one of the functions of good windows, it is important to have safe, secure windows. Finally, having good windows throughout your house increases its value.
Replacing the windows in your home with high quality, energy-efficient windows will improve the looks, improve the temperature comfort level, and also increase the value of the property. Any remodel job is a big decision, and it is made easier when you have the right person doing the job for you. If you’re confident in your ability to do the job yourself, that’s fine, but otherwise you’re better off spending a little extra and getting a reliable professional to do it for you.