Finding a reputable window installation service can be easier than one might think. A quick stop at the builder’s desk of your local building supply should provide you with a good list of reputable installers. A good installer should have experience. Not all do, so ask. They should be able to provide you with references if you want them, and be sure to check them.
Typically you can also get an estimate to get an idea of cost of the job. Of course the cost will vary depending on the type of window that is installed.
What type of window will you select?
This sounds easy but there are many options. It’s always a good idea to take a long look at the variety available. There are Double Hung, which means both the top and bottom of the window open. This comes in handy when you want to let hot air out or install a window air conditioner.
Casement is another type of window. This window opens with a “crank” handle. These can be useful when you just need a small vent type opening, perhaps in a walk in closet.
Other aspects are decorative, yet functional. You can order tinted glass, blinds inside, the glass, wood panes to give the illusion of old fashioned windows. The design options are endless! The best way to get to know these options is a hands on approach. While you are at your local building supplier getting that list of installation contractors swing over to the window display and take a peek! When looking at all that windows have to offer you might notice a variety of prices as well. The frame material will give you some of the price variation. Some of the types include; metal, PVC, fiberglass, wood, and composite.
Your builder/installer may be of assistance when selecting the materials. Things to think about are; how long will you be living in this location and enjoying these windows, how much time do you want to invest in the maintenance of the windows, and how much are you willing to invest. The answers to those questions will help you make the best window selection.
Another consideration is brand. Each brand has something a little different to offer. Once you find a style you like, research the brand to make sure you are getting exactly what you hope for. A few minutes of brand research could save time and money in the long run.
Returns on Investment
Speaking of money, it’s good to know some windows can fetch a tax credit or offer savings on heat and air conditioning costs. That’s right, money back. How exciting!
Check with your state guidelines about which windows can earn you that credit. Check right on the window to see which ones have an Energy Star rating. Some windows have argon or krypton gas between the glass to offer a higher Energy Star rating. This is determined by The National Fenestration Rating Council.
As you can see there is a lot to consider before replacing windows. Do your homework and leave the heavy duty parts to the professionals. Happy window shopping!