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What Every Texas Homeowner Should Know About Replacement Windows

It's common sense to think that, as homes age, so do the materials from which they're made. Just as a home eventually needs a new roof or new siding, there comes a time when a home needs replacement windows. Yet, with over 50 different types of heat-reflective glass and a plethora of framing materials, how do you make the right choice? Here are some guidelines to see you though the process.

Energy Savings

If you live in Texas, windows can be your energy bill's best friend or worst enemy. Replacing your old windows with new, efficient windows can save as much as 40 to 60 percent on your next heating or cooling bill. As an added benefit, the insulation provided by replacement windows with lengthen the life of your air conditioning system, and will add to your home's value. High quality Energy Star windows should pay for themselves within five to seven years.

Styles and Materials

Your home probably has a more than one window style. You could, for example, have double hung windows, casement windows, sliding windows, and sunroom windows. Make sure that the installer you choose has expertise in replacing windows similar to yours.

When buying replacement windows, you'll have to choose both the type of glass you want and the type of window frame you want. The general rule of thumb is to get the best possible windows you can afford.

When it comes to the frames, vinyl windows are probably the least expensive and the most convenient to maintain. In fact, they can last for 20 years or more. Aluminum windows are still around, but they've become less popular because they're less energy efficient than those made from other materials. Some people opt for wood windows for their aesthetic appeal, but most experts recommend that, even if you choose wood for replacement windows for upstairs, first story vinyl windows have the advantage of being less appealing to termites. Vinyl-wood composite windows are also available.

Choosing Someone to Install Windows

If you've decided that it's time for new windows, you have to select someone to install them. Your best bet is to find an experienced installation company that offers the following standard features:

1. A lifetime warranty on labor and materials, including seals, glass breakage, hardware, and screens.

2. Hidden fasteners and fusion-welded corners that will look and feel like furniture.

3. Non-metal spacers that eliminate condensation problems and increase efficiency.

4. Foam-filled window frames and argon gas-filled air spaces for increased efficiency.

5. Customized solutions that enable you to get replacement windows that match the style of your home and give you the styles and efficiency levels that you need.

If you live in Texas, the brutally hot summers and cold winters can wreak havoc on your windows. By choosing energy efficient replacement windows, you can slash your cooling and heating bills while improving the beauty of your home. That's a winning combination!

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