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Shopping For Windows

Nov 14, 2007
Adding new windows to your home can give a number of benefits, like improving the insulation of your home and reducing your utility bill at the end of the month. When you go shopping for them, you might find yourself a little overwhelmed at the number of different styles and types available to you, but getting the advice of the manager or the in-house designer may be a good idea to help you get the exact windows that are right for your situation. A good example of when to get new windows is if your current ones are made of wood and are starting to show their age. Wood rots over time and should probably be replaced with vinyl or perhaps even aluminum windows, as long as you do not live in a coastal environment. The salt in the air on the coast will deteriorate aluminum.

You can also shop online for windows, even though shopping in person at the store is the most popular method. Whether you decide to shop online or offline, you want to look around at a few different places first to make sure you get the best price that you can. When shopping offline, you need to ask if the installation is included in the price of the windows, because most of the time it is not and you will have to purchase it separately. Whenever you purchase a service like this for your home, always ask about hidden costs and warranties. There should be a 10 year warranty on the windows that you buy and another 10 year warranty on the labor that it took to have them installed. You should not hire anyone who will not give you a warranty on their labor. Proper installation is necessary to prevent water from leaking in the house and causing water and mold damage. These are huge problems that can cost quite a bit of money to repair, not to mention the health effects that mold can cause by itself.

The window hardware that you choose also needs to match the rest of the hardware in your home and the style of window that you choose. Whether you choose a brass finish, nickel, gold, or any other type, you should keep it consistent throughout your home to create a sense of unity.

You can purchase many different kinds of locks for your new windows to help make your home safer than it already is. To further increase the level of safety around your home, put bushes underneath the windows, preferably something like rose bushes that will discourage intruders from taking that route inside. Unfortunately, this is a trade off, since if your house catches on fire, a window may be your only way out. The decision is yours to make.
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