Front Door and their installation are an expensive investment, but one that can add value to your home. Even so, many windows simply need repairs to function as they should. Homeowners must decide, however, when repairs should be made or if it’s finally time to replace those old windows. The following tips can help you make this decision and provide you with tips for moving forward with window replacement.
Fix or Repair?
Old windows require a lot of maintenance and repair. You may find yourself scraping and painting them each season to avoid rot. You may also notice that in spite of your best efforts, you rooms are still not comfortable. Damp air may be seeping through the windows. You may notice excessive condensation on your windows as well. Perhaps you have some windows that seem impossible to open and close–so much so that you avoid trying.
In such cases, window replacement is inevitable. In fact, replacing those old windows with new energy efficient windows can save you substantially on your heating and cooling bills. Old windows don’t provide the barrier to the elements that your home needs. Your furnace and air conditioner have to work even harder to maintain the desired temperature. The harder your HVAC system works, the more you pay.
Fixing problems with old windows is also an option, although it may not be worth the effort and cost that comes with it. According to a recent article published by The Family Handyman, homeowners can run into several major issues that might be easier to fix with a total replacement, including “rot, sagging casement (crank-out) windows, fogged double-pane glass, and hard-to-find replacement hardware” (1)
The Benefits of New Windows
When you decide it’s time for new windows, you can look forward to more savings and added value to your home. According to the Energy Information Administration, it is estimated that more than one third of heat loss in homes occurs through windows and doors. Replacing old windows puts a halt on heat loss, equating to added savings on energy bills. By reducing energy costs and adding more curb appeal, homeowners can see their home increase in value. (2)
Considerations for New Windows
Appearance is often a substantial consideration when it comes to new windows. Homeowners naturally want to complement the look for their home with attractive replacements. Maintenance needs are another consideration. Vinyl exteriors have become popular choices because no scraping or painting is needed. If you need a low-maintenance solution, talk to your window provider about vinyl as well as other low-maintenance options.
Homeowners should also consider the operation of new windows. Would a side-by-side model work better for you over ones that open to the outdoors? Perhaps you want windows designed with security features. Homeowners should also find out warranty information as well as installation costs up front. Finally, take time to make your glass selection. There are many new features available that can add to the energy efficiency of your home.