What to Consider When Replacing Your Windows

Whether you are looking to conserve energy, save money, or just update the look of you home, window replacement is a task that more and more Thousand Oaks homeowners are taking on. Replacing your windows has the ability to slash your energy in half and even add to the property value of your home. Still, getting new windows requires making important decisions and trusting the job to the right professionals, so before you buy be sure to take the following factors into consideration:

Frame Material: When it comes to buying windows there’s a wide variety of material options to choose from each with their own pros and cons. You will have to choose from aluminum or metal frames, composite frames, vinyl frames, and wood frames. Aluminum and metal are strong, light, and practically maintenance free. They hold heat which may be an inconvenience in already warm areas. Fiberglass is stable and has air cavities that can hold insulation. This gives them a leg up on wood and vinyl frames. Wood frames insulate fairly well, but are also easily affected by weather conditions. Finally, vinyl window frames require no maintenance. They are durable and insulate well which makes them a desirable choice.

Architecture: You want to pay particular attention to the preexisting architecture in your home, not just for style cues but to get an idea of how old your current windows may be. Older homes, while often stunning, may have wooden window frames that have become warped over time. While taking these things into consideration, you will have a better idea of exactly how much of your window needs to be replaced.

Warranties: Window manufacturers usually offer some kind of warranty, and you should try to avoid those that do not. Minimum warranties typically last 20 years and protect you from crack or seal failure. The warranty also should cover things like window locks or balance systems. Windows have a tendency to go through changes once installed, so try to follow up on this one.

Budget: There are multiple factors that will play into the cost of your window replacement. Style, material, features, size and installation will all come into play, so it’s wise to consider in advance where you are willing to make compromises if certain products aren’t fitting your budget. The good news is your return on investment for windows are 71-78%.

It’s always wise to discuss all of these factors and any concerns with a qualified window professional. At Quality Windows & Doors you can speak to a trained associate who can help you find the perfect option for you, as well as help you compares costs and benefits. You can also receive a quote on custom window installations in Thousand Oaks, CA. Call us at (805) 984-5895 or visit us at 140 S Oxnard Blvd. Oxnard, CA 93030.

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