If you have old windows in your home, you are probably leaking energy and may even have water leaks. Choosing to get your windows replaced is a big decision because it can be costly. In addition, you want to get the right windows so they last. As you work with a professional window replacement contractor, consider these tips.
Research Different Window Features
If you haven’t replaced your windows in several years, or ever, you may be surprised at the different features you can choose from. For example, what type of lock do you want, how do you want them to open, do you need double-hung or thick glass that is difficult to break, even for flying projectiles?
You can also choose the color and style of your windows. For example, do you want them to have grilles or grids between the glass? The color, style and features of your windows can have a significant impact on the look of your home, increasing its curb appeal as well as its energy efficiency.
You also have options for your window glass. For example, you can choose low-e glass, which allows in natural light without adding heat to your home. You can choose windows that have built-in blinds or gas that turns the glass opaque, which is especially beneficial in bathrooms.
Research Different Window Materials
Ask your window replacement contractor about the types of windows that are available. You can choose casements made from wood, fiberglass, aluminum and vinyl. The choice that is best for you will depend on your home, location and weather. Some casements also promote better energy efficiency because they have stronger seals and some have little to no maintenance requirements and long lifespans.
Find the Right Installer
Window replacement installation is at least as important as the type of window you choose. You see, if your windows aren’t installed properly, they won’t work properly. They will have leaks, can be damaged easier and won’t last as long. Also, search for an installer that offers a warranty and has experience in your area.
Although getting your windows replaced can be expensive, if you choose the right windows and installation contractor, you will save money in the long term.