4 Tips for Replacing Your Windows

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If your home's windows are beginning to leak, are tough to open, or are showing signs of deterioration, then it is time for a replacement. Having your home's windows replaced is pretty straightforward when you work with a good contractor, but there are still a few tips you'll want to follow along the way.

1. Just say "no" to DIY.

Purchasing windows at the home improvement store and installing them yourself will save you thousands, right? No, it won't. While you won't have to pay for installation, it is tough to install a window properly without the right education and equipment, so the windows you install yourself are likely to start leaking in a few short years. They will then cost you money on lost efficiency, which will soon negate your installation savings. 

2. Try before you buy.

Many homeowners look at windows and select a style they find aesthetically pleasing. This is important, but you should pay attention to how the windows function, too. Open and close one of them. Make sure it is easy to operate and does not get stuck. If you find a certain style of window tough to operate, then there are plenty of other styles to choose from, so don't get stuck with windows you can't open just because they look nice.

3. Make energy-efficiency a priority.

Before you look at any other features, make sure the windows you choose are energy-efficient. The easiest way to check is to look for the Energy Star label. Windows with this label have met certain efficiency criteria set forth by the U.S. Department of Energy. Generally, efficient windows have at least two panes of glass, and they are made with a material that does not warp, such as vinyl or composite.

4. Consider window function when choosing a style.

Keep in mind that you can change window styles when you replace your windows. Just because you have a double-hung window in the kitchen now does not mean you can't convert it to a casement window. Consider function, primarily, when choosing a window style. In rooms where you need a lot of ventilation, an awning or casement window works well. If you a great view, choose a picture window. You don't have to use the same windows throughout the whole home; choose styles that make sense in each room.

For more information, you can contact local residential window contractors.