Top 5 Things to Consider When Choosing Replacement Windows Company
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The reasons people decide to replace windows in their home can be many, but the most prevalent one comes down to two related, yet separate elements: saving money and saving time. The typical windows that were standard inclusions in the homes of yesteryear are totally insufficient when it comes to helping people do either. When former homeowners would take action to circumvent the loss of heat and AC through earlier windows, they did so by adding storm windows. Over time, the basic design of storm windows improved, but they were still awkward, and added an element of unnecessary clutter to a window. Thankfully, today’s window choices feature designs that eliminate the need for any type of “extra” storm windows, other than the actual replacement windows that seal the space.
Where to Begin
Homeowners have been generously rewarded for their efforts to replace their home windows with more energy efficient designs, thanks to tax rebates provided to qualifying home improvement efforts to conserve energy. If you are thinking about replacing your home’s windows, you probably have many questions, with the first focusing on just where to begin. Hopefully what follows will help you to prioritize the more important aspects of home window replacement, and help you to feel confident as you proceed in this process.
1. Choose Your Window Replacement Specialists Wisely
You want to make sure that you are choosing a qualified and top notch windows company, because unfortunately, they are not all equally good. This is where a little homework and investigation can come in really helpful. Check out the company’s reputation, paying attention to unbiased reviews, however it’s always best to get real time opinions from other homeowners. Sometimes companies with a bad reputation merely close and reopen under a different name. For this reason, you might want to avoid startup companies. And in the same line of thinking, try to stay away from huge business entities that won’t deliver the personal touch of a smaller company.
2. The Lifetime of Your Replacement Windows
There are many factors that can make some windows outlast others like the quality of the glass package to the framing and materials used. A home should never need replacement windows more than once in its lifetime. Don’t fall for a manufacturer’s claim that their windows will last a lifetime or close to it, unless they will put it in writing for you, upfront.
3. Dissect the Warranty
Many manufacturers will claim that their windows are warrantied for a “lifetime,” however the term can apparently mean a lot of different things. It is your responsibility as a consumer to go over the warranty with a fine toothed comb before you sign anything.
4. Choose the Most Energy Efficient Windows
Regardless of whether you plan on selling your home in the future or remaining in forever, energy efficient windows are what you’ll need. There are a number of factors that go into what makes windows energy efficient, so investigate them all. Pay close attention not only to the materials used and the way they are fit together, but also to how the materials are treated/coated/filled for extra energy efficiency. Vinyl windows offer many advantages. They come in a variety of architectural shapes and numerous colors. They are energy efficient, easy to customize and require little maintenance and they are very reasonably priced.
5. Check Out the Filling
The spaces between your window panes should be filled with inert gas – typically Argon, but some use more expensive Krypton. Others use their own mixtures. What is between the glass panes is the defining element in the ultimate ability of providing energy efficiency.