You may be considering replacing your old windows at home or you might have already taken the decision to buy replacement windows to give your home a face lift. But before you buy the new windows, there are 5 things you should decide upon in advance so that the entire Do It Yourself (DIY) project will be smooth and hassle free.
1) Choose your windows that meet your requirements.
The most important thing you need to do before buying new windows is to assess your needs. Measure the exact size of windows you need to. Measure twice to get the exact dimension.
If your measurement is not accurate, you may end up buying the wrong sized window and you will be wasting your time and money. Therefore, before you buy your replacement windows, you should have clear idea about the type of windows you are looking for.
2) Look for windows that have longer warranty period.
Window panes, like other home appliances, have warranty and the longer the warranty, the safer you are. There is, generally a correlation between warranty period and the quality of products. The longer the warranty, the better will be the quality.
Comparing the warranty period of different windows is a good way to assess the quality of the windows. Priority must be given to quality; not price.
3) Decide on the style and configuration of windows you are going to buy.
Unlike the bland windows of the past, windows of different style and configuration are now available in the market and they can enhance the appearance of your home. You must have seen those beautifully designed windows in interior design magazines. They come in different size, shapes and colors.
Windows made of different materials offer different advantages. Some are easy to clean whereas others add aesthetic features to your home. Decide which windows will suit your style and décor. Once you know what you are looking for, it becomes easy for you to choose the one from among an assortment of windows.
4) Find out how long the window replacement will take.
Though it is possible to replace the windows yourself, it will be better if it is done by qualified and experienced technicians. The technicians from the stores which sell the windows generally do the replacement work and they sometimes purposefully delay the work in order to charge you more by making the work seem very difficult and time consuming.
So the best thing you can do is to fix the time limit within which the work must be completed at a fixed installation rate. If any company doesn’t agree to your terms and conditions, don’t worry; there are many more companies which are ready to comply with the requirements of the customers.
5) Find out whether the payment options are acceptable to you.
Replacing your damaged or broken windows at home is a necessity and you may not presently be in a position to make a down payment of a large sum. If this is the case, find out if there are any new window dealers who allow credit and will accept payment in installments. Paying in installments will take a huge burden off your shoulders.