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Tips for Replacing Exterior Windows and Doors

Tips for Replacing Exterior Windows and Doors

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April 19, 2010

Replacing doors and windows together is a great idea; many dealers selling replacement windows also offer exterior doors. you can compare window and door styles, and coordinate your purchases to achieve maximum visual appeal and energy efficiency.

Renovating Your Home's Exterior With New Windows and Doors

  • Consistent styles: If you're installing contemporary fiberglass or vinyl windows, select exterior doors in a consistent style. An ornate stained glass entry door would look out of place amid contemporary windows, and you wouldn't want to install contemporary windows and doors in a Victorian home.
  • Energy efficiency: Replacing windows and doors provides a great opportunity to upgrade your home's energy efficiency. Using energy star rated windows and doors can help prevent heat loss; multi-layered windows protect your home against the elements and harmful UV rays.
  • Potential savings: Replacing all windows and exterior doors at one time can save on installation. Shop for quotes and compare products, services, and warranties to find your best deal.
  • Remodeling? Don't forget about doors and windows: if you're planning a remodeling or renovation project, it can be a great time to replace old doors and windows. Ask contractors for quotes on replacing windows and exterior doors as part of your project.
  • Getting referrals and references: A great way to find contractors is asking for referrals from friends, neighbors, and family who have recently replaced windows. Otherwise, verify licensing and ask for, and verify, references.

Replacing doors and windows together can save time and money; think about how good your home can look when your project is completed.

About the author: Karen Lawson is a freelance writer whose interests include home and garden projects and interior deign. She holds BA and MA degrees in English from the University of Nevada, Reno.

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