New windows can be considered a double-sided investment. Firstly, new windows can assist with lowering the costs of heating and cooling your home. Secondly, replacing windows can add to the value of a property by boosting curb appeal and the overall condition of the home. You might be wondering about the return on investment for new windows. This is contingent on two factors. The first factor is the type and quality of the windows. The second factor is how you install the windows. Before reaching for the hammer to DIY a window replacement project, there are some factors you should consider.
Window technology has come a long way in recent years. New windows have aluminum frames for strength, durability, and cost-effectiveness. Depending on the budget, window panes can be double or triple glazed. In addition, window professionals inject argon gas between the double or triple panes. Argon gas helps to slow down the rate at which heat is transferred through each pane. New windows also seal better, resulting in heat retention inside of up to 70 percent in accordance with the u-value level of the panes. New energy-efficient windows equal year-round savings on energy bills.
“Do it yourself” is a phrase that is something of a misnomer. It should actually be DIYAWO, or Do It Yourself, and with Others, as most DIY projects will require the assistance of one or two experienced people. In fact, this can make DIY window replacement a daunting proposition. This type of DIY project is not for the uninitiated or the faint-hearted. An amateur home window replacement job could negate all of the major benefits of new windows.
Consider the following and decide if you are skilled enough and correctly equipped to take on the project.
Industry registered professionals help bring the assurance of a job well done, first time right. Another assurance is that most professional window replacement companies carry liability insurance. Ask local window replacement companies for a free estimate. When they visit, find out how long they have been in business, which brand of windows they recommend, and why. Then, do your own research and learn more about the windows. Ask the window experts to explain exactly what they do and don’t do. For example, are they responsible for both the exterior and interior trim? The process of hiring a professional is a learning curve all on its own.
Hiring a window replacement professional will give you an opportunity to watch listen and learn. This can be beneficial for future DIY projects. Consider these factors:
While you will probably need to pay a downpayment on the project, the remaining balance should only need to be paid once the windows are in, working, and you are 100 percent happy. Before hiring a window replacement company, make sure you understand all terms and conditions regarding payments.
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