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Upgrade your home with new windows

There are many good reasons to replace your windows today. Homeowners that replace their windows save an average of 35% to 40% on their utility bills. Energy efficient windows maintain the temperature in your home, keeping the heat out in the summer. To capture upon the benefits of windows, it is important to have well sealed, efficient, and double paned glass windows. The benefits to having quality windows are endless, including rebates with SRP and improving the look of your home. Let’s look at some of the reasons that you may want to consider when upgrading the windows in your home as well as finding the right company to do the work.

Newer quality windows are built to last. No more struggling to get your windows to open, looking out only to notice a foggy view on your glass or burning yourself on your windows. They are now built to keep your home cool tackling the 2 major causes of heat in your home; reflective and conductive heat. Energy efficient windows use argon gas to keep conductive heat out and LowE glass to keep radiant heat out. The frames and glass are built to keep the windows at room temperature; you can finally feel cool standing next your windows and your air conditioner will thank you. Window replacements should be a one-time purchase. The quality of the product you chose is very important do to the harsh climate of Arizona. Quality materials such as frames, glass, wheels and the overall structure are all things to pay close attention to. New windows are aesthetically pleasing. Whether you are renovating or painting the outside of your home, windows instantly perk up the aesthetics of your house.
 
If you are simply looking to enhance the safety, security and overall health of your home, new windows offer countless benefits.
• New windows will increase the value of the home and assist in obtaining a higher resale value, which is critical in today’s real estate market.

Windows have greatly improved in technology over the recent years.

• Many companies are now offering several color options and grid patterns. This is a huge benefit for people who have strict HOA requirements that call for specific styles and colors.

• There have been several advancements on energy efficient windows over the years. Argon gas and lowE have vastly improved within the last 5 years alone.

• There are several companies offering insulated frames now to maximize noise reduction and heat transfer benefits.

• Many companies are building windows with brass wheels; this solves a problem many have in Arizona when it comes to opening and closing windows smoothly.

Some indicators to look out for with windows would be as follows:

• U-factor: Indicates a window’s overall insulating value. An efficient window should be rated .30 or below.

• Solar heat gain co-efficient: Measures how well a window deflects incoming solar heat. An efficient window should be rated .30 or below.

Some companies will claim the product is built for this climate although it is being built and sold all over the United States.

The best way to filter this and make sure you are choosing a product that will work in Arizona is to pick an Arizona company. This is not a deal breaker but certainly something to consider. If the company is centralized in Arizona you’re keeping your money in our state and supporting local businesses.
 
There are some very important things to consider when purchasing replacement windows.

• Consider the reputation of the company you chose. Although replacing windows is a relatively easy process, doing it wrong can lead to many problems, like air leakage and loss of energy efficiency. It can be very confusing with the number of companies in Arizona who offer, the best installations, lifetime warranties, and saying their products.

• Do your research before hiring any company. Make sure they are licensed bonded and insured. You can easily do this by searching their company name in the ROC registry. http://www.azroc.gov/forms/contractorsearch.html Make sure they are in good standing with the BBB and check their rating. The BBB rates companies on a grade scale, the best grade being an A+, which is ideal. http://www.bbb.org/central-northern-western-arizona/accredited-business-guide/. You can read reviews online; Google Places is a great place to read unfiltered reviews for all types of situations.

• It would be best to choose a company that does not use sub-contractors so you know who is doing the work.

• After you feel satisfied with the company research you have done. It is time to get quotes from your top choices. Most companies offer free in home estimates. They should send out a representative from their company to show you working models of their product. They will also provide you with pricing and information on the product you are considering to purchase. There are many companies, products and certainly a range of pricing out there.

• Remember, just because it is the most expensive product doesn’t mean it is the best. Middle of the road is normally the safest way to go in the window industry. You get quality for the best price if you do the right research, meet the right companies and ask the right questions.


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