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Thursday, March 7, 2013

Springtime Home Improvement Tips for Knowing When It’s Time to Replace the Windows on Your Home


Snows are melting quickly and folks are heading outside to see what type of Springtime home improvement projects need to be tackled.

Owning a home means giving constant attention to the building products that go into protecting the structure of your house.  While we’d like to believe items like our roof, siding and windows will last forever, that’s not the case.

 “Every element of your home’s exterior, from the top of the roof down to the windows, will eventually need to be replaced,” says Clement, a professional contractor in Pennsylvania. “The key is to know when the time is right to invest in new products for your home. This means an ongoing evaluation of your home’s current products, researching new product options and contacting professionals for support.”

Clement points out that replacing older products with newer, more energy efficient and longer-lasting products is a sound investment for homeowners. “We replaced the older windows in our home a few years back with ENERGY STAR qualified vinyl replacement windows from Simonton Windows,” says Clement, co-host of MyFixItUpLife radio show. “We’re saving more on our daily energy bills because of the incredible features of these products.”

Clement shares these tips for all homeowners who are assessing their current windows:

Tip #1 - Evaluate the functionality of your current windows. If you have condensation between glass panes, the windows are hard to open or close, your energy bills are soaring, or if there are drafts coming in around the window units, then it’s time to seriously consider replacement windows.

Tip #2 - Determine how many panes of glass are in your windows. Single-paned windows are the least energy efficient. You can replace them with double- or triple-paned ENERGY STAR compliant windows to enhance energy efficiency and make your home more comfortable during all seasons.

Tip #3 - Look at the frames of your windows. If they’re made of a product that needs constant maintenance like wood, you’re probably spending a good deal of time scraping paint and repainting every year or so. An investment in vinyl-framed windows would be smart since these low-maintenance frames eliminate maintenance hassles.

 

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