What are some tips for buying replacement slider windows?


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Tips for buying replacement slider windows include buying pocket replacements if the existing frames and sills are in good shape or full replacements if they are not. Pocket replacement windows use the existing frames and sills, reducing the amount of repair to walls after replacement, and they are less expensive to buy and install. Inspect the windows prior to buying, as price is not necessarily an indicator of quality.

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Replacement windows can reduce the maintenance a home requires, reduce drafts and make cleaning easier. While advertisers often claim energy savings as a reason for replacing windows, the average annual energy savings of installing double-pane windows in a home with single-pane units is less than $500 as of 2016. If the home already has double-pane windows, the savings is less than $120 for a 2,000-square-foot home.

Vinyl-frame sliding windows are easy to operate and eliminate the need for painting; however, the color choices are limited, and most manufactures no longer produce dark colors. Wood frames offer a classic look but require more maintenance. Clad windows have wood frames with metal coverings that protect the wood. Metal frames tend to conduct thermal energy and are less popular than other materials. Fiberglass windows are newer on the market with many of the features of vinyl, and painting is optional.

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