Are You Ready to Upgrade the Windows in Your Home?
The phone calls have already started.
The latest thunderstorm with damaging winds and hail came through the area on Thursday night, and by Friday morning the phone calls from claims adjustors and companies offering replacement windows had already started. Whether you are looking for a window company to provide energy efficient upgrades to your home or you are a home owner who needs emergency services after a storm, finding qualified contractors is important.
- You know the sound. The pinging noise that hail makes when it strikes your house is frightening. In a matter of minutes hail can cause significant damage to windows, siding, and roofs.
- One estimate is not always enough when it comes to getting replacement windows. Like any investment, it is important to get bids from more than one commercial window replacement company.
- Until you have an adjuster or a contractor look at your house you cannot always tell if you have storm damage that needs to be repaired.
- Renovations are common. In fact, 66% of homeowners are planning on renovating, according to a recent survey.
- Window installation is not a job for amateurs. Making sure that windows are properly installed involves many steps, from exact measurements to careful framing to thorough caulking.
- Investing in the best windows is a good decision. In fact, dual-paned windows are about two times as effective at retaining heat and air conditioning when they are compared to single-paned offerings. This energy savings can provide immediate savings in monthly heating and cooling bills.
- No home owner should settle for inferior products or workmanship. If you treat your home repairs like an investment you will understand the need for hiring the best contractors for replacement windows and repairs.
- Deciding on a company for window installation requires careful consideration. The best companies provide qualified contractors who do reputable work.
- On average, replacing a window will cost between $300 and $700 a window.
- When windows are high quality and properly maintained, they can last 20 years or more, depending on the material.
- The statistics from the National Association of Home Builders 2012 Remodeling Market Index indicate that 44% of renovation jobs that year were for door or window replacement.
- On average, a home owner of a 2,600-square-foot house will save up to 15% a year on energy bills if older double-pane windows are replaced with energy-efficient windows with low-E coatings. This statistic is provided by the Efficient Windows Collaborative, which is a coalition of research organizations, government agencies, and manufacturers that promotes efficient window technology.
- The decision to install replacement windows is not a cheap one, but it is a worthwhile investment in your home.
- Half of Americans use natural gas in their home. For this 50%, the average cost was $649.
- Energy bills typically include as much as 45% going to heating. Installing more energy efficient windows can help you but back on those energy costs.
- Windows that are attractively matched to your exterior can add significant curb appeal to your home.
- One drafy window in a home can lead to significant energy loss.
- Retrun on investment (ROI) is typically around 80% when home owners replace their windows, according to the National Association of Realtors.
- Letting the best contractor have the job of replacing windows in your home can often produce the best results.
- Drafty windows let air escape and can increase a home energy bill by 10% to 25%.
Whether it is the day after a big thunderstorm or not, it is always important to make sure that if you are looking at window replacements that you take the time to get bids from two or three companies. Selecting the best contractor who can provide you with the highest quality work will pay off in the long run. The money you invest in quality windows today will help you add to the overall value of your home, as well as provide significant energy costs.
This is the season of summer storms that cause wind and hail damage. Instead of waiting to see if you have any problems, it is better to be proactive and contact an adjuster to see if your home has suffered any damage. Small problems can become big issues if they are not immediately corrected or repaired. Window replacements will add value to your home.
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