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Window and Door Selection: Part 1

Now that you’ve finally got some free time on your hands, you may be ready to do something that you’ve been putting off for quite some time now – upgrade your windows. Before you get started with window and door selection, here are some considerations to keep in mind about window installer and product selection.

Choosing the Right Installer

You may be well informed about the benefit of hiring a good contractor for your home improvement and repair work. But do you understand how to go about finding that caliber of talent? You need to think about how much you value your home. Even if you don’t have a lot of money to commit to your window and door selection project, you should be willing to do what it takes to protect your house and the money you plan to use to improve it.

If you haven’t had the opportunity to hire a professional window and door installer before, one of the first places you can go for information is your local hardware and home improvement store. Talk to the staff and ask them about companies they’d recommend for the job. Once you’ve gotten those suggestions, go home so you can research them online. Be sure to check reviews, their websites, and to verify their insurance and business license.

Making Your Window and Door Selection

You should test the wood on your panes to determine if it’s rotted. Take a screw driver and tap it a few times against the wood. If it’s rotted, you won’t need to push too hard because the screwdriver will go through it quite easily.

The windows you choose today will need to stand the test of time and years of abuse from the wind and weather elements. You want windows and doors that will strengthen your home’s security and beauty. Since there are so many windows and doors in the market to consider, take some time to learn more about them.

Windows and doors are major commitments. You don’t want to make mistakes during the window and door selection process. Be careful with your selection so you can avoid paying a hefty price for mistakes later on.

Material Type

Do you want windows that are made of wood, aluminum, vinyl or fiberglass? Each material type has its advantages and disadvantages. If you only plan to replace some of the windows on your home, you may want to choose wooden windows. You can have them installed, so they match the other remaining windows on your home. Keep in mind that although wooden windows may seem like a good choice so you can stay on par with your home’s current style, they do require some maintenance. You can also have them painted to match your other windows.

If you’re adding windows to a new construction home, you may want to consider aluminum or vinyl clad frame windows. They attach to the siding on your house and come in several different widths. Unlike wooden windows, vinyl and aluminum windows don’t require much upkeep. They also come in a variety of colors so you can have them painted. Bear in mind that vinyl windows are much cheaper to purchase and install, they don’t look as expensive as wooden and aluminum windows, but they are insulted and can drastically improve your home’s energy efficiency.

Making the right choice for window materials is not something you should rush through. Take your time and think about your short and long-term goals for your home. Stay tuned to our blog. We’ll continue with Window and Door Selection Part 2 soon. In the meantime, if you have any questions or concerns about window and door selection, feel free to contact us at Zen Windows by calling 615-424-8102.