Need to replace a window? Maybe the window is cracked, broken, or it is stuck. No worries, a window contractor is there to help you with this undertaking.
One of the main reasons why people should be replacing their windows is their lack of energy efficiency. Old windows allow energy to easily escape, causing your house to cool considerably during the colder months. During the hotter months, these same windows also do not keep out the heat, so you end up paying more money on your air conditioning bill. Not only that, but old windows certainly do let almost every single sound in! So if you're finding it difficult to sleep at night, adding some new windows to your home may help. You can throw out those old ear plugs!
Here are some other reasons why you should switch to newer, energy efficient windows:
- Energy efficient windows are easy to find. As a matter fact, you will find these as readily available as non-energy efficient windows! Most windows have a treatment that allows them to be more energy efficient these days.
- Energy efficient windows are cost effective. If you have an older, large picture or bay window in your home, consider replacing it with a new, treated window to help cut down on your power bill.
- Energy efficient windows come with tax breaks. In the United States, new tax breaks have been introduced to those undertaking home renovations that will help reduce energy use. Look into what windows are covered by this new initiative and see if you qualify.
Replacing a window, though it may look simple, can actually be a rather difficult process, so it is best to all up a professional window installer. Most "do it yourself" handymen who replace windows accidentally leave small gaps, which allow water and air to come into your home. Worse yet, this can result in water damage or pest infestation.
When you call up a window contractor, they will be able to determine what kind of window would work best for your home and for your budget. He or she will also be able to advise you if the window is a good fit. Most window installers know of all window types available to you, though it is still a good idea to mention any special instructions that come with the window you want to the installer in case they are not familiar.
When a window is replaced, chances are the frame and the window sill will also need to be replaced as the new window would not fit properly into it. Bear in mind that replacing this old frame, the hinges and sill are also contributing to your home becoming more energy efficient.