Maintaining your Cape Cod property means that you have to take into consideration all its facets – especially your windows. In fact, changing your windows can absolutely improve your home overall look and value, as well as its efficiency. Before picking a Cape Cod MA window contractor, however, it matters to understand the difference between getting a replacement and opting for repair:
There are two types of replacements. If the original framing is sound and reasonably square, you can install a replacement window into the original opening and replace the sashes, side jambs and trim. If the original frame is rotted or misshapen, you must install a new window, which can cost 50% to 100% more than a replacement window, according to CostHelper.com. Replacing multiple windows will cost you less per window than installing just one or two.
Cape Cod window contractors have some tips for homeowners to ensure that they know exactly which replacement option they should opt for to save money. First, it pays to check all the windows around the house and see if there are any structural problems around the frame, particularly those made from vinyl or wood. Second, you might want to check your energy consumption and see if you have been spending a lot more on heating and cooling. Inefficient windows can let warm or cool air from heaters and air conditioners to escape at a faster pace.
Window replacement can be a tedious task, which is why it pays to have a good and reliable contractor like Renewal by Andersen of Cape Cod to help you out in assessing the condition, picking the right style and materials and finding out about the latest innovations that can offer maximum results, such as Fibrex windows. While this home improvement task does carry a somewhat hefty price tag, the results will be worth it in the long run.
(Article Excerpt and Image from “What you should know before you replace your windows”, MSN Real Estate, October 2013)