New Windows Will Brighten Your Outlook
It's amazing what new windows can do for your perspective, and for your home's curb appeal. In recent years, vinyl models have dramatically improved in quality while falling in price. Although they come in only a few basic colorsmostly white, black, and beigethey never need repainting, and their double- and even triple-pane glass makes them vastly more efficient than older windows, especially those framed in poorly insulating aluminum.
Window replacements can be done in stages. But Sal Alfano of Remodeling magazine suggests doing at least 10 at a time, which installers can usually complete in a day.
Even better, if you install Energy Star-rated models in 2007 (examples at www.efficientwindows.org), you can take advantage of a $500 federal tax credit that will nearly cover the cost of the first two windows.
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