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Windows do so much to your home. It lets in warmth and light while letting you see what goes on outside. However, they may get warped or damaged with time, or don’t complement your home remodel.
They may not even be as energy efficient as you wanted it to be. Whatever the reason may be for buying new windows, there are a few mistakes to avoid while buying them.
1. Not looking around
Don’t just replace the old windows with the latest, new models of the same type. There are so many variants worth trying, like a wood and aluminum combination windows. Look around to pick the best ones for your home and lifestyle.
2. Not assessing its energy efficiency
There’s no point replacing windows if they are not energy efficient. Energy-efficient types like double pane windows and models that open and close less efficiently then fixed versions can help reduce your monthly bills.
3. Not hiring professional contractors for the job
Many people think that they can save money by not hiring professionals to install new windows. This is a huge mistake to make because professionals install windows properly to avoid potential pitfalls.
You also risk losing on its warranties and guarantees with a poor and unprofessional installation. You eventually end paying much more to fix or repair the improperly installed windows.
4. Not clarifying warranties
Always check to find out the coverage of a window’s warranty or guarantee. The warranty covering defects provided by most manufacturers is not always enough.
You also need to have them installed by reputable installers providing warranties with protection. It’s a combination of these two warranties that provides complete protection and peace of mind knowing that the window can be fixed if some part fails or was wrongly installed.
5. Forgetting security and maintenance
Don’t forget that the new windows you buy should not only give you a good view of the outdoors but also keep you secure at home. Even the best locks and doors will not keep you safe if your windows are not durable.
Make sure you maintain them properly to prolong its lifespan and get you a better resale value if you have to sell your home in the future.
6. Not checking the company’s reviews
Last, but not least, always buy new windows from a reputed and known company with good reviews. The Better Business Bureau website, along with other sites like Angie’s List is the best places to check a company’s ratings.