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Question: I’m about to replace the windows in my house. What should I look for?

Answer: Austin Hepburn, owner, Austin Hepburn Installs Windows and Doors (Radnor) Quality windows can average $700-$1,000 each. From the 1950s through the 1990s, windows were pretty shoddy. Today’s products are very energy efficient, extremely durable and virtually maintenance free.

Many people decide on an aluminum-clad exterior that can be customized to match the color of the house. The finish will shed water and dirt, which eliminates costly power-washing. Another feature is low-E coating, an invisible spray applied to the inside of the glass that traps fading rays of sunlight. It provides a thermal effect, keeping the air warm in winter and cool in summer. It also reduces fading of interior furnishings, art, carpet and wood.

For installation, it’s important to use a skilled carpenter—one who knows how to achieve an indistinguishable seam between the window and the house.

Have a question for an expert? E-mail tbehan@mainlinetoday.com.

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