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Finding Functional Windows

When I decided to upgrade my house, I realized that it might be wise to invest in high-end windows. In my first home, I bought cheap windows, which created drafts and made it hard to clean. Fortunately, by the time I became a second-time homeowner, I knew what to look for. I looked for windows with ultra violet light protection, tilt and swing cleaning features, and a hydrophobic coating that would repel water. You wouldn't believe the difference it made. Check out this website to learn more about windows and the features that can simplify your life each and every day.

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What To Ask When Buying Replacement Residential Windows

Are you moving forward with getting replacement windows for your home and starting to talk to local area window contractors? You'll want to ask the following questions before you purchase them.

What Method Will be Used To Replace Windows? 

Be aware that there is more than one way to replace a window in your home. The three methods that you'll hear about are insert, full frame, and split jamb replacement. Each one has their own pros and cons, so you'll want to figure out which method your window contractor recommends for your home.

For example, an insert method can be cheaper if your window frame is already in great condition. Full frame replacement is more expensive, but replaces the entire window frame if it needs to be replaced with new materials.

Will The Interior Trim Be Replaced? 

It is always worth asking if your window contractor is going to replace the interior trim of your home. It's something that may need to be removed during the window installation process, and you'll want it put back the right way. One contractor may handle replacing the trim, while another may require you to handle the trim replacement on your own. 

Are There Tax Credits Available?

It's always worth asking about what kind of tax credits are currently out there that you can take advantage of. There are many ways that the government will try to incentivize homeowners to buy energy efficient products, which includes the windows in your home. Your window contractor is going to be the person that knows about all the various types of credits out there and which windows will qualify for them. This can help bring down the total cost of new windows.

Who Will Be Doing The Work? 

Ask the contractor who will actually be doing the work of replacing your windows. You'll want to know if they have a team of contractors that they work with for every job, or if they subcontract the work to another crew. While either way can be a fine way to replace your windows, you may have a personal preference.

What Prep Work Needs To Be Done Prior To The Installation?

Figure out what you need to do prior to the day of your window installation. Will you need to move furniture away from the walls where the windows are located, or will they move it for you? Do you need to clear space on the outside of your home for the workers to place ladders or equipment? You'll want to be ready so that the installation day goes fast and smoothly.