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What to consider before you select replacement windows

In Los Angeles, a good set of windows in your home can pay dividends many times over.  Conversely, if you’re replacing windows and you don’t get it right, you can be in for a long list of serious and potentially costly problems.

Before you select replacement windows for your home, consider these factors:

Reputation.  This comes on two levels.  First, if you have a particular brand in mind, be sure to check customer reviews, how long the company has been in business and what their warranty and service records are.  Likewise, if you’ve chosen a particular dealer, you should do your homework as well.  Check reviews on Yelp or Angie’s List, ask questions about how long the dealer has been installing windows and what their pricing structure is.  You don’t always need to go with the least expensive dealer, just make sure you’re getting value for whatever you pay. __5771411_orig 5540543936_b10be20228_o GooglePlus256-21 milgard

 

Warranties.  Window manufacturers may offer a Lifetime Warranty, but it still pays to read the fine print.  The same goes for dealers.  Do they stand behind their work?  If so, for how long?  And above all else, get warranties in writing! lifetime-warranty

 

Energy efficiency.  How much a window costs should always be balanced against how much money a window will save by being energy efficient.  Look for a high R-value window and one that also carries the ENERGY STAR label.energy-star-logo

 

Number of panes.  Dual paned windows are important, but not every dual or tripled paned window is necessarily energy efficient.  Other things to consider are what kind of coatings the windows have, and if there is a gas that fills the space between the panes.  Argon is primarily used because it costs less, but higher end windows will use the much more expensive Krypton.

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