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Replacing Windows? Get The Low-Down.

Replacing windows in your home can be a great option to reduce energy costs and to increase the resale value of your home. In older homes built before the 1950s, windows are often made of wood and single paned glass. These windows can be energy cost inefficient. Older windows do not have the ability to seal as well as new windows, and they are not made of glass capable to blocking and insulating your home correctly. These windows can literally let your hard earned money float out of your hands. However, replacing windows is rather easy. There are several advantages to window replacement, and things you should know before proceeding.

Checking for functionality is one of the first steps to take when replacing windows. The budget for your replacements will ultimately be the deciding factor for your project, but there are many variations in price and quality to examine before making your final selection. A good quality window can eliminate the need for storm windows if you live in an area with a frequency of storms, and a good window will also have features like an interior tilt to make cleaning easier. There are other ways to identify a good quality window as well.

When replacing windows, it is wise to check the label that contains the window’s energy efficiency. The label should provide information about the U-Factor (U.S./I-P) and a Solar Heat Gain Coefficient. While shopping around, ask the sales associates to explain the differences to you if you do not understand them. A deciding factor for the quality of the window will by the number of panes. Triple-paned windows increase the energy savings that you will save on heating and cooling your home. A gap will be between each of the panels that is normally filled with a gas (argon or krypton) that helps with the insulation.

During replacing windows, make sure to consult professionals or have trained contractors installed them because even triple-paned windows cannot be energy efficient if they are not installed correctly. While installing there should be room for shimming and inserting insulation material. The existing trim work should be securely installed into the wall and be large enough to fit the replacement windows. The ideal kind of insulation to be used is a fiberglass or expanding foam insulation. After filling in the gaps between the trim and the window, check for any gaps or leaks.

Don’t feel intimidated when replacing windows in your home. Since the windows that you already have are likely older, they will not be as energy efficient. You could be wasting money on heating and cooling your home every year. Another benefit of replacing the windows in your home is that once you do, the value of your home will increase. This is a great step to take if you’re in the market to sell your house. It will also make your home appear more attractive to potential buys. Overall, replacing windows is a wise choice to make in the investement of your home.

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by on May.15, 2012, under Replacement Windows


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