Written by John Rocco

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So, now you haverepparttar measurements and it's time to go shopping. What should you look for to know you're getting quality windows? A top quality double hung replacement window will have tilt-in sashes that allow you to cleanrepparttar 100108 outside glass from insiderepparttar 100109 home. All double hung windows have a mechanism that keepsrepparttar 100110 window inrepparttar 100111 open position. The better windows use a state ofrepparttar 100112 art mechanism known as a constant force balance coil. All replacement windows will have double glazing, meaning there will be two panes of glass in each sash separated by a 1/2"-5/8" spacer material aroundrepparttar 100113 edge ofrepparttar 100114 unit. A quality window will use an intercept spacer or something called a super spacer. Find outrepparttar 100115 U-Value ofrepparttar 100116 window. The lowerrepparttar 100117 number,repparttar 100118 better insulating properties. You want a window with a U-Value under .40. There is a special glass called LowE that will lower that U-Value number. In fact, most quality windows include LowE as standard. Those arerepparttar 100119 main things to ask about when window shopping.

Onrepparttar 100120 opposite end ofrepparttar 100121 quality spectrum, you can buy an economical replacement window that will not haverepparttar 100122 tilt-in feature.The mechanism that holdsrepparttar 100123 window open will consist of a block and tackle assembly made up of a spring and string. Another mechanism in lower quality windows is called a spiral tube balance. These lesser grade assemblies are notorious for failing after 5-10 years. The spacer material used on lower quality windows will be aluminum or something called swiggle seal. And many timesrepparttar 100124 U-Value of these lower grade windows will be up around .50. The thing to remember is that a window that uses a super spacer more than likely isnt going to use a block and tackle balance system. It would be like buying a new car with leather interior and no power window and door locks. Follow those guidelines and you will have a good idea what quality you are buying. Once you makerepparttar 100125 decision and purchase your windows, it's time to get them home and take out your old windows. Next week I will tell you how to removerepparttar 100126 old wood windows.

John Rocco has been installing replacement windows since 1978 To learn more, visit

John Rocco has been installing replacement windows since 1978 To learn more, visit

What to Know Before Signing a Home Improvement Contract

Written by Susan Chana Lask, Esq.

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a consumer protection law is New York’s General Business Law §771 ("GBL") requiring all home improvement contracts shall be in writing and contain certain terms of payment, fees for services and materials and start and completion dates, among other terms. GBL §771 is a consumer protection statute to preventrepparttar misunderstandings between contractor had consumer and to protectrepparttar 100107 consumer from overreaching ofrepparttar 100108 contractor, such as charging for work that was not agreed upon. GBL §771 limitsrepparttar 100109 contractor who disregards its written contract requirements to satisfactorily proving to a court each and every item of work he did andrepparttar 100110 reasonable value of each item by detailed invoices, timesheets and proof of hourly rates, among other proofs. So, ifrepparttar 100111 contractor who failed to put your home improvement work in writing attempts to collect $20,000.00 from you, he has to proverepparttar 100112 value of his services in detail before scaring you into paying an amount you had no idea about. New Jersey’s Consumer Fraud Act andrepparttar 100113 Home Improvement Act protectrepparttar 100114 consumer even more by denyingrepparttar 100115 contractor from recovering any monies if he violates any ofrepparttar 100116 consumer laws AND he will pay three timesrepparttar 100117 amount of damages (called treble damages) torepparttar 100118 consumer for his failing to obtain proper permits or licenses or any other violation of those laws.

Lastly, protect yourself by not paying 100% upfront. Most contracting companies ask for a deposit upon your signingrepparttar 100119 contract. I suggest that you put down as little as possible and arrange a payment schedule withrepparttar 100120 company where you will pay a certain amount as certain work is completed. Of course, always get a receipt, signed byrepparttar 100121 company and statingrepparttar 100122 date and amount of any monies paid torepparttar 100123 company if you pay anything in cash.

This article is certainly not all inclusive and is intended only as a brief explanation ofrepparttar 100124 legal issue presented. Not all cases are alike and it is strongly recommended that you consult an attorney if you have any questions with respect to any legal matters.

Any questions and/or comments with respect to this topic or any other topic, contact:

Law Offices of Susan Chana Lask 853 Broadway, Suite 1516 New York, NY 10003 (212) 358-5762

Susan Chana Lask, Esq. c 2004

Susan Chana lask is a New york attorney named by the media as "High-Powered", she practice sin all state, appellate and federal Courts nationwide handling civil & crimnal cases.

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