It’s funny. Even though your windows are not the most costly part of your house, they still are one of the most important. Windows allow you to enjoy the outdoor view and the sunshine, while keeping your home secure and sheltering you from the elements.
That’s why you need to take good care of your windows by using reliable services for installation, repair and replacement. Which leads us to this question: Among all the companies out there, how do you find the right one?
Here are 6 important factors to look for.
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With today’s throwaway mentality, if any parts of your window are broken the idea of repair (rather than buying new) might not even cross your mind. But do give it a thought.
Sometimes window repair is quite feasible and will turn out to be the most eco-friendly, money saving choice. In other instances, replacement is going to be your best course of action.
How to tell whether repair or replacement is the right option? First consider these 5 pointers and then find a trustworthy window company to back up your decision.
Details, details, details. Small details may seem irrelevant or nitpicky when you need window replacement in a hurry. The truth is, though, that knowing exactly what you want and need (and can afford!) makes all the difference.
Consider these factors and you’ll be wiser about what kind of window replacement will be best for your home.
Of course, your new window must be compatible with what was previously installed in terms of both size and type. Are you looking for a standard bedroom or bathroom window installation, a new picture window for your living room, a front entry sidelight or perhaps a replacement slider for your patio doors? Careful measurements and a full description of the kind of new window you want will ensure that your installer is stocked with the right material.
If you have to have replacement of a cracked or smashed window, take a good long look at the damage involved. Is it just the pane that is broken -- or other window elements as well? For instance, will you need frame replacement, new hardware or a new track for sliding doors? It obviously makes the most sense to take care of all your damaged window elements at once.
This point is so simple, but so essential. For instance, when you live in a mobile home, you’ll want to choose windows specifically made for mobile homes; that will give you the best fit and simplest installation process. On the other hand, your residence may be a historic home. In this case, you’ll be seeking out window replacement and window elements appropriate to its design. The same holds true if your house is an ultra-modern architectural masterpiece.
Depending on your finances right now, the best replacement choice could be an upgrade, in the form of high quality windows such as energy-saving, multi pane models. Do a cost comparison and see what your budget can accommodate. If you’re financially a little squeezed at the moment, keep in mind that although top-of-the-line window replacement might cost a bit more, it is likely to pay off in energy savings and comfort over the long run.