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Raleigh Windows: Article About Window Replacement Decision

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When a homeowner has made the decision to replace the Raleigh windows in his or her home, several decisions must be made. Professionals can guide homeowners through the decision making process and deliver a finished product that matches the homeowner's style and complements the property's design.

An initial consideration is just how much window material needs to be replaced. Partial replacement units are available for windows where the frame and sill surrounding the window are still in good shape. However, if the frame and sill are rotted or damaged, the window replacement will generally require the use of full replacement windows.

There are many different types of windows. The location of the window on the house may dictate the type of window. The style of the home may also fit naturally with a particular window type. Window styles include double hung windows, casement windows, awning windows, picture windows, bay windows and stationary windows. If a homeowner is considering changing the type of window as part of the replacement, he or she may want to drive around the neighborhood and see the different types of windows on other homes in order to determine what will create the best visual appeal for the home.

The type of window is only the first decision a homeowner must make.

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The homeowner must also decide on the type of frame material for the windows. Vinyl, wood, aluminum and fiberglass are the most common choices for window frames. Wood windows are generally more expensive; however, the color of the frame can be changed with a coat of paint if the homeowner decides to change the color scheme of the house in the future. The other types of windows do not require painting; however, that also means that the original color choice can't be changed without changing out the window.

Like all other investments to the home, windows come in a variety of prices and levels of quality. Sometimes, a homeowner must strike a balance between window style and quality in order to fit within the available budget. A homeowner should consider which window style and type combination will provide the ideal look from the outside, the ideal view from the inside and the best value in energy efficiency. Windows are a major source of heat and cooling transfer in a home. Windows that have the ENERGY STAR designation have been determined by the federal government to meet energy efficiency standards for the climate zones in which they qualify.

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