Choosing the right replacement window that suits your home can be a difficult task. With constantly changing and advancing technology, understanding the pros and cons of each window can be confusing. Before you make any commitments on such an important financial investment, here are some tips and tricks of the trade for selecting new replacement windows.
Tip #1: Research. Become an educated consumer so that you comprehend exactly what you are doing when shopping for replacement windows. Google any questions you have or contact various local Connecticut contractors so that you are getting the best value for your hard-earned money and purchasing windows that will never need replacing again.
Tip #2: Choose custom-made windows. While this option may cost you more upfront, custom-manufactured windows give you the most bang for your buck. Because they are made specifically for your Connecticut home, the exact fit has better thermal performance, which lowers your energy bills. Standardized windows might leave cracks that allow air and moisture into your home, leading to more maintenance work and costs later on.
Tip #3: Plan out the window design: Being custom-made, there are many options for you to choose from when selecting replacement windows. There are double-hung, casement, picture, awning, and many more styles to chose from, as well as aluminum, wood, fiberglass and vinyl materials. On top of that, each of these come in different colors and trims, as well as have different costs. Make sure your window appearance compliments both the inside and outside of your home as well as your personal style.
Tip #4: Know the pros and cons. Installing new replacement windows not only updates the appearance of your home, it can trim your utility bill, increase your resale value and protect your home's interior. And every window material has different abilities in each of these areas. Research the benefits of enhanced security, UV lighting protection, sound control, comfort control and energy efficiency to make sure you are getting the best window possible.
Tip #5: Select energy efficient windows. Windows that have been certified by Energy Star provide a greater level of comfort for your home, and that's guaranteed. Energy Star windows are tested to ensure they keep your home cool during the summer and warm during the winter. Windows with two or three panes provide significant energy savings as they will have an argon or krypton gas in between each pane to help with insulation. As an added benefit, installation of any specialized windows can qualify you for federal tax credits.
Tip #6: Pick the right coating. Films, tints and low-E coatings are additional ways that manufacturers are enhancing window performance. Low-E coatings are usually the best option due to their ability to prevent heat transfer and allow in natural light, all the while being practically invisible.
Tip #7: Ask for help. Installing new windows is not an easy task and if you are a window novice, it is better to seek help from someone who knows what they are doing. Whether it is a specialty Connecticut window contractor or the home-improvement know-it-all neighbor, a perfect installation gives your home more security and thermal protection. If you choose to hire a contractor, make sure you ask for references, estimates and detailed contracts and warranties before officially beginning any project with them.
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