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Raleigh Windows: Article About Do's and Don'ts Of Window Replacement

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When done well, replacing the windows in a home or business can increase energy efficiency and add to the attractiveness of the building's exterior. While picking the right contractor is part of the replacement process, there are many do's and don'ts to consider when choosing new Raleigh windows.

Homeowners should respect the style and era of the house. Replacement windows should feel like they belong. Owners should try to choose replacement windows that have the same number of glass panes and same style as the original windows so that the new ones don't look out of place. Saving or matching the original exterior window trim is recommended. This finishing touch is an important part of making sure the new windows blend. The little details make a big difference.

If the rule in real estate is "location, location, location," the rule in replacement windows is consistency, consistency, consistency. Homeowners should make sure all of the replacement windows installed have a consistent look with the same size of panes and the same styles and patterns. Otherwise, the windows will look out of place and clash with each other. It is important to match the windows to both the style of the building and to each other for a polished, finished look.

Homeowners should not skimp on storm windows to try to save money. Although purchasing custom storm windows to fit the replacement windows may be more expensive, storm windows are an excellent way to protect windows from inclement weather.

A windows installer from Otto's Exteriors of Raleigh NC would be happy to answer any question you have about entry doors or replacement windows.

It's a good idea not only to have storm windows but also to splurge and paint them the same color as the window trim. This helps them blend in and really adds to a home or building's exterior.

Property owners should not be afraid to consider tinted or gassed windows. Replacement windows are available with several different shades and types of tinting and gasses. These can be a great option for increasing privacy or decreasing the amount of sun fading on carpets or furniture. There are even tints available that prevent glass from breaking to increase security. Many of the tints and the gasses put into windows work without changing the color or appearance of the window at all, so homeowners should be sure to explore these options.

Of course, the contractor who installs the windows can be just as important as the windows themselves. It is important to choose a contractor who understands that their workmanship is just as much a part of the product as the windows themselves. Customers should ask for references and try to find someone who is passionate about craftsmanship and style. It's best to check that a supervisor is on the job site at all times as this minimizes the risk of slacking on the job and helps ensure completion on time.

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