The key to getting a good deal on replacement windows is not just getting them at a relatively lower cost, but also in making sure you don’t compromise on features like energy efficiency.
Avoid Unnecessary Features
Whatever window style you’re after, don’t lose sight of why you’re getting your windows replaced in the first place. Add-ons are offered by just about anyone who’s selling anything, whether it’s insurance premiums, a new car or replacement windows. At some point during consultation and planning, you will be offered options that may or may not be necessary, such as premium hardware or laminate exterior glass. While these features may be useful, consider how these will affect the cost of your new windows.
Stick to Standard Styles and Shapes
Standard window styles like double hung and casement windows may sound common, but you might be surprised at how versatile the styles are with the right combination of hardware, color and finish. While custom windows add a unique look to your home, the extra labor required to build them can drive the price up.
Check Energy Performance Labels
Energy performance labels indicate a replacement window’s energy ratings in terms of insulation (U-Factor), heat gain from sunlight (Solar Heat Gain Coefficient or SHGC) and natural lighting (Visible Transmittance or VT). It helps you choose the replacement window that will suit your needs. Generally, additional features mean additional costs, but you should nevertheless consider the long-term energy savings before you make your choice.
Don’t Skimp on Installation
Many people overlook the importance of quality installation. But the truth is, even the best replacement windows won’t work as designed if not installed properly. A complete window assembly needs to be properly leveled, shimmed and aligned before it can be locked into place. The transition between wall and window has to be sealed and insulated before the trim is installed. Make sure the contractor offers a workmanship warranty to safeguard your windows against installation errors.
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