Replacing Your House Windows
December 05, 2010
The kids' bathroom window has condensation between the panes. Your dining room window is cracked from a collision with a bird. Your patio slider is wasted from too much traffic and your dog scratching to get in. Your house needs new windows.
Before Calling the Window Contractor
Consider these tips for planning your replacement windows project:
- Your home's style: Your home's architecture can influence your choice of new windows; vinyl window frames wouldn't complement a Victorian, but they are appropriate for ranch style suburban homes and many others.
- Your climate and sun exposure: Replacement windows are constructed to address general and specific climate needs; you can order your new windows according to your climate needs and sun exposure.
- Your priorities: Whether it's energy efficiency, preserving your home's original appearance, or installing low maintenance windows, window dealers can help you find the right windows for your home. Making a list of important features and benefits can help with identifying and focusing on products matching your needs and preferences.
- Your budget: Getting a few quotes for replacement windows and installation can help you budget for your project, but money is not the only consideration when selecting a window dealer, replacement windows, and a window contractor. Read and compare estimates carefully, noting services provided, warranty and service guarantees, and estimated time frames for completing the job.
- Scheduling: Installing house windows is a disruptive project requiring the presence of a homeowner on the premises. Plan ahead for scheduling time away from work, and for boarding your pets if necessary.
New windows will enhance your home's appearance and make it more comfortable indoors. Planning and completing your project will be worthwhile once you realize the benefits of installing new house windows.