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When it's time to outfit a home with new windows, homeowners have a lot to consider. While it's true that they should pick windows that fit the style of their home, there are other things to take into consideration. Here are some of the main factors homeowners should have in mind before hiring a Madison roofing and windows expert.

After choosing a window style, the next thing that homeowners should consider is the energy efficiency of the window. Most windows come with an Energy Star rating to help homeowners determine how much money they can save on their energy bills each year by using a particular window.

The durability of the windows is another factor to think about. Longer lasting windows may cost more upfront, but they can save homeowners money in the long run because they don't have to be replaced as often as windows that are less durable. It can be hard to determine the durability of a window, but people can get a general idea by looking up reviews on different window companies or by talking to their contractor.

Besides paying attention to the type of window, homeowners also need to familiarize themselves with the hardware on it.

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They should learn more about the different types of handles and how they function. For example, if they plan on fitting their windows with shades, blinds or shutters, they might want to consider windows with folding or butterfly crank handles.

If the windows are being installed in high places, it's important to address how they will be opened and closed. Some manufacturers sell mechanisms that can be used to open and close windows that are hard to reach. One option is buying windows that are motorized. Although more expensive, it may be worth it to be able to simply flip a switch to open them. Homeowners can talk to a contractor about other options for out-of-the-way windows.

Homeowners also want to consider the warranties that the manufacturers offer on their windows. Not all manufacturer warranties are created equal. Some cover total replacement costs, while others only cover materials and not labor. It's often worth it for homeowners to spend a little more to get windows that come with better warranties.

The manufacturer warranty isn't the only warranty that homeowners need to consider. When hiring a professional to install windows, they should a hire company that offers a workmanship warranty. Unlike manufacturer warranties that protect homeowners against defects in the products, workmanship warranties protect them against problems that arise from poor installation.

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