Is window replacement an easy task?

Old 08-13-04, 07:45 AM
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Question Is window replacement an easy task?

I am moving into my dad's house, and he has given me various home improvement tasks. The major one is my room: new window, closet, flooring, and paint. I am tackling the window first. He also wants to replace two other windows in the house. Money is not the first concern, the value is. Are there windows that increase the value of the house? I would like to get an idea of what is involved in the window replacement. Is this something that can be done without professional installation? Should I have someone come in to give me an estimate, but really just pick their brain? Any advice would be GREAT!
Old 08-15-04, 08:23 PM
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Window replacement is generally pretty simple but some things to think about include.........

1. What kind of windows are there now?
2. Are they on the ground floor?.............or higher?
3. What kind of siding is on the house?

In general, installing double glazed, low-e windows is a great investment. The savings on heating & cooling will be significant and they should add to the resale value of the house. You should also check with the local power company about rebates for energy effecient installations. In CA, PG&E offers rebates of $1 per square foot for energy efficient doors and windows.
Old 08-17-04, 08:03 AM
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I've made a decision to have a few free in-home estimates from different companies so they can explain the process in front of me. I'm definitely leaning towards Andersen, but my dad doesn't care for the wood. Those are the best, I've heard. Maybe I'll check their website. Thanx DAVE.

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