From Dean on June 20th, 2007 in Window Replacement
Did you hear the one about the guy who decided to save money by replacing his home windows? Water seeped in around the windows and sorry, it’s a pretty rotten, drafty joke. Window replacement is not a joking matter! Seriously, there are many good reasons why it is important to hire a professional window contractor to replace the windows on your home.
First, window technology has evolved tremendously in the past thirty years — primarily to improve the energy efficiency of windows from the antiquated single pane windows of the past to double, even triple pane windows.
Amazingly, multiple pane windows may be filled with argon or krypton gas to reduce heat loss and to increase R-value. What is R-value? It’s a rating of the window’s resistance to heat loss. The higher the R-value, the better your window’s insulation. A professional window contractor knows which R-value rating is best for your situation.
Other factors to consider are sound control if you live in an especially noisy area, special coating for low emissivity, and tinting to reduce ultraviolet rays that add unwanted heat to your home. Window glazing is another service that your contractor may suggest for added insulation.
There are even windows with “Tilt-in” technology that allow you to clean them easily and safety from inside your home. Home security is yet another issue. Windows with interlocking sashes and double throw locks provide added safety and security.
Beyond all these issues, your window contractor will also know the type of window construction that would best suit your requirements. Windows are made from wood, vinyl, metal, or a combination of all. What’s more, your window contractor will help you decide the all important style of window that is best for each situation. This will make all the difference in both how your home looks and how each window functions.
In preparation for hiring a window contractor, it is important to determine specifically what you may need so that when you have your first meeting with a prospective contractor, you’ll get an accurate estimate. You need to provide a budget for the job, which will determine the type of windows that you can afford.
When you are ready to move forward, you should get several estimates. CalFinder’s pre-screened Window Contractors have been checked out to ensure their professional background, licensing and bonding. CalFinder has carefully interviewed his clients to ensure your satisfaction with their service.
Make sure that in addition to pricing, estimates include detailed specifications and a project timeline. Compare bids with similar specifications to ensure that you are comparing apples to apples. Don’t hesitate to ask questions.
Finally, to avoid confusion or misunderstanding, get a contract that specifies everything in detail and have your contractor sign it too. Don’t hesitate any longer to replace your old windows. You will find yourself rejoicing in many greatly reduced energy bills to come. And imagine how wonderful your home will look!
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