Replacing windows and doors in your home can save you a great deal of money and a lot of frustration. Older windows and doors are often difficult to operate and leak so it is harder to keep the temperature controlled in your home. New windows and doors can solve all of those problems and more.
Older homes that only have single-pane windows lose a lot of money in energy bills even if the windows do not leak, and older doors that leak around the frame not only cost home owners a great deal of money but they can also reduce the security of your home.
Getting the best deal and the highest quality for your window and door replacements can seem difficult. The following 5 considerations should help you make smarter choices.
Picking Your Style
In most cases the style of window or door you choose for your home will be a matter of taste. There are more options for styles of windows than doors, but no matter which ones you pick, be sure they meet your needs and any local regulations. Styles of windows include:
• Horizontal Slider
• Double Hung
• Casement Windows
• Bay and Bow Windows
Types of Materials
The most common types of materials for windows and doors are wood, clad-wood, which are frames that have wood on the inside and a vinyl or aluminum covering for additional protection on the outside, aluminum and vinyl. Aluminum and vinyl are usually lightweight solutions for windows and doors, but do have a few downsides. Aluminum is prone to corrosion over time due to weather exposure, and vinyl can swell and become distorted in extreme temperature changes making them more difficult to operate.
Choosing the Replacement Company
Beware of high-pressure sales pitches from window replacement companies. If they make claims regarding tax deductions for energy conservation, make sure you check to see if they are real deductions or are still in effect. Many former deductions have expired and are no longer available.
Steer clear of any sales person who asks for cash deposits, or tries to pressure you into signing a contract. Another tactic high-pressure companies use to get you to sign a contract before thoroughly checking them out is to offer you an incentive to sign the contract immediately at the initial meeting. The savings you might get for such an action may be lost if the company does not show up, or the windows you choose are not compatible with local laws or even your desires.
When choosing a window or door replacement company make sure they are certified by the American Window and Door Institute or Installation Masters. You can also check with the Better Business Bureau to see if they have any complaints against them. Look at the website RipoffReport and if you know of local residents who have had work done recently, ask them if they are happy with the results.
Zoning and HOA Restrictions
Along with local zoning laws, people who own property in a housing community may have to follow standards set forth in their Home Owner’s Association rules and regulations. Make sure you check with your county zoning office and read your HOA rules before choosing new windows or doors for your home to avoid confrontations and possible fines later.
Choosing your window and door replacements with care and a little study will ensure you get the best product for your needs. New windows and doors help increase the value of your property and make it a more pleasant place to live.
About the Author: Author Georgina Clatworthy has experience in home renovations and has studied property surveying. She recommends homeowners always choose a reputable company, such as Gilkey Windows and Doors, to ensure that replacement products comply with national standards and regulations.