Five Questions You Need To Ask Your Contractor About Replacing Your Windows

by Editor on June 7, 2013

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Replacing your windows is one of the things that you can do to increase the energy efficiency of your home. If your windows need replacing, then there should be a couple of signs that you will notice. Exterior paint leakage, air leakage and condensation between glass panes are some of the signs that your windows need to be replaced.

If you are thinking about getting replacement windows, then there are some important questions that you will need to ask your contractor before jumping into construction. Below are some of the questions that you will need to ask your contractor:

What Are Some Of The Things That I Need To Know About Lead Paint?

Lead paint poses health risks, so there has been a Lead-Based Paint Renovation, Repairing and Painting Program developed to protect people. Workers are required to use lead-safe practices. When you meet with your contractor, you should ask to see an Environmental Protection Agency, or EPA, certificate. You need to have at least one contractor with a certificate. This is especially important if your home was built prior to 1978.

Can I Save Money On My Energy Bill If I Replace My Windows?

There are two ways that the window industry measures windows’ energy efficiency. They use the Solar Heat Gain Coefficient or U-Factor. The U-Factor, which is also known as the thermal transmission, is a measure of how well a window is able to prevent the heat from escaping. The Solar Heat Gain Coefficient, which is also known as the shading factor, is a measure of how well the windows prevent the sun’s heat and glare from entering the home.

If the window has a low U-factor, then it is good for preventing energy loss. The window has good shading properties if it has a low Solar Heat Gain Coefficient. You should make sure that you choose windows that meet the EnergyStar Requirements in your region to help you save energy and money.

Can I Get Windows That Match The Design Of My Windows?

You have numerous window styles to choose from, and you can choose one that complements your home. You should ask your contractor about the different window style options that you can choose. It’s important that you buy a window that is not only cost efficient, but also flows well with your house.

What Are Some Of The Different Color Options That I Have?

Beige and white are the window colors that many people choose. However, if you do not want those colors, then you should ask your contractor about some of the other options that you have.

What Method Will You Be Using To Install My Windows?

Poor installation methods can cause water or air leakage which will result in money being thrown out the window. That is why you should ask your contractor about the installation method that he or she will be using. Full-replacement and pocket replacement are the proper window installation methods. Both of these methods require proper insulation, flashing and sealing.

About the Author

Ronald Anders is a supervisor at a new jersey replacement windows company. When he is not at work, he loves blogging about home repairs and improvements.

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