Improving your Home with Replacement Windows

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Want to impress family, buddies, and visitors when they come to your home? Consider how windows and doors make a first impression. The type of windows you choose can say a lot about your personality. In example, if you have antique windows and doors, your taste may favor a Victorian or traditional style.

Window Types

There are casement windows, skylights, sliders, single hung windows, double hung windows, vinyl windows, and bay windows just to call a few.

When trying to find replacement windows bear in mind to search for a quality product. Search for specifics like the IG systems, Low-G, U-factor, VT, SHGC Factor, and so on within the window. Comprehending these different qualities for your window will help you get the right windows and improve your house tremendously. Keep in mind that in many circumstances the materials need for customary replacement windows will need to be pre-ordered which might end up costing a bit more than other types of ready made window casements.

Installing the Windows Yourself

If you plan to put the new windows in yourself, you will have time to build the frame before the materials are delivered. With the old panes still in place, you will need to clean, remove peeling paint, and smooth out the surface area, prepping for the new windows. When the replacement windows show up, you will need to clean the frames and trimmings once more. The new windows will have instructional guidelines which you’ll want to follow to ensure you put them in correctly. Some of the hardware needed might be, insulation, king studs, headers, tilted studs, jambs, double rough sills, paralyze studs, jack studs, shims, and so forth depending on the window type to be installed. Plan ahead to make sure you have all the necessary tools on hand before you get started.

Hiring a Residential Windows Installation Specialist

Alternatively, if you would rather have a professional do the job for you, follow these 4 tips for hiring the right contractor to handle your windows replacement project:

  1. Make sure the contractor is licensed and insured before starting your work.
  2. Ask about the quality of the windows to be installed.
  3. Ask if they offer a written guarantee for their work.
  4. Ask if they have customer reviews.
If you want more information on the benefits installing energy efficient windows or you would like an estimate for roofing, siding, windows, gutters or deck installations or repairs, please visit our website at www.ridgetopexteriors.com or call us 608-249-0831. Our estimates are always Free.