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Choosing a Windows Contractor

Installing new windows can add beauty, energy efficiency, and value to your home. Cracking or peeling around windows, rotting or damaged window frames, drafts, and frequent condensation are all signs that it might be time to replace your windows. New windows with insulated glass provide greater energy efficiency than old, single-pane glass windows. Properly maintained windows will ensure they function well and look great for years to come.

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What are some signs I need to replace my windows?

There are several signs to look for when determining if you need window replacement:

  • Warped, damaged or broken windows
  • Drafts around windows
  • Windows that stick when opening or closing
  • Windows that look worn
  • Condensation between window panes

A qualified window installation contractor can help you avoid the problems by installing new windows. Before you replace your windows entirely, you should consider which materials are within budget and how many of your windows you need to replace.

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How much do replacement windows cost?

The cost for replacement windows will vary based on size, amount of windows needed, style and quality. For example, vinyl windows are more affordable than wood. Wood replacement windows are typically more expensive and require more maintenance. For a standard size, double-hung vinyl window installation cost is around $500-$800 compared to wood windows which typically range from $800-$1000. The cost of your window replacement or installation also depends on the contractor you use and the amount of windows and materials needed.

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What type of windows should I install?

Choosing the best windows for your home or business depends on your needs and budget. Vinyl and wood are popular window materials. There are also several window styles to choose from, such as double-hung, awning, casement, or fixed. The number of panes, how the windows operate, and how much ventilation they offer varies based on the chosen type of window. Other important features to consider when you are shopping for new or replacement windows include cladding, glazing, low-e coating, and tilt-in sashes.

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How are replacement windows installed?

There are two common methods for window replacement: pocket installation and full-frame installation. Pocket installation places the new window into an existing window frame. This method is ideal if your window frame and sill are in good condition and you want the same size and type of window. If your window frames are damaged, your windows are drafty, or you want a different window size or style, your existing window, including the frame and trim, will be removed.

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How often should windows be replaced?

Windows typically last around 20-25 years. If your windows are cracking or peeling, drafty, or fog up, it might be time for window replacement. Window repair can offer money savings, but window replacement is a long-term investment that can save you money over time.

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Will replacing my windows lower my heating and cooling costs?

Vinyl replacement windows are more energy efficient than old single-pane windows. When installing new windows, look for ENERGY STAR® qualified window glass options that can help lower your heating and cooling costs.

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