Top 10 Reasons to Install Replacement Windows
There are more reasons to replace your old, worn out, widows than you might think
Regardless how old your home is, the windows can be one if its best or worst features – in more ways than one. Windows provide your home and family with daylight, views, ventilation and some much-appreciated heat from the sun in the winter. Unfortunately, they can also lose up to 25 percent of your heating costs because of faulty seals that let all that expensive, warm air escape
Poorly maintained or failing windows can let in cold or hot air (depending upon the season), insects, moisture, airborne irritants and dust. Single pane windows are usually the culprits, most of them having faithfully served the home long past any realistic life expectancy. They’re known to develop frost on the inside of the window during winter, increasing the chance of cracking or breaking, thus allowing damage to your home.
Replacing old windows with new ones is an investment in the long-term value and life-expectancy of your home, as well as the comfort of your family. It’s as personal a decision as the one you made when choosing your home, but it makes good sense for many reasons. Here’s a look at our top 10 reasons for installing replacement windows:
Efficiency may be the most obvious, but it’s also the most important reason to replace your windows. Any replacement window in today’s market will be more energy-efficient than the single pane aluminum- or wood-framed windows used by builders in the past.
- Energy-efficient double pane glass is standard now and it might be worth the extra cost to add a low-emissivity (Low –E) coating and argon gas between the panes.
- In temperate climates, choose windows with both a low U-factor (the rate at which a window conducts non-solar heat) and a low solar heat gain coefficient (SHGC) to maximize energy savings.
No matter how old your home is, new windows can add dollar for dollar value, depending on the quality and price of the windows. Investing in a transferable lifetime warranty on your new windows that you can pass on to future buyers can sweeten any real estate deal.
Replacement windows, with the options of safety lock, interlock and double lock hardware can add a new level of security to your home. Double or triple pane glass also adds strength and resistance to impacts from outdoors. These windows are safe from small, inquisitive fingers or objects that may impact them from inside the home.
Aluminum- or vinyl clad replacement windows are available with great low maintenance features – including no annual painting touch-ups on the outside. You can even choose interiors made from solid wood to get the best of both worlds. The panes themselves need no special care and several styles of operable windows feature easy access to both sides, making cleaning much less of a chore.
Compared to old, single pane windows, which were often a struggle to raise and lower, new windows feature casements that can fully revolve.
- Double-hung windows tilt inward, making cleaning a much less dangerous proposition, particularly on a second floor.
- Awning windows do double duty, as they open to provide fresh air while shielding the room from rain.
- If you do prefer the old-fashioned style and good air flow provided by sash windows, they’re also available with a wide selection of aluminum, vinyl and wooden frames.
Well-fitted, double pane windows can greatly improve the comfort level inside your home. Being so airtight, these windows will greatly reduce or eliminate cold drafts and condensation buildup in cold weather. During the summer, those same features will keep the cool, air-conditioned air inside – where it belongs.
Lower utility bills
Well-insulated, professionally installed windows separate your home from extreme exterior temperatures, reducing adjustments required by your heating and cooling (HVAC) system. This commonly results in a noticeable reduction in your monthly utility bills.
Excessive noise is often the price paid for modern life. Airports, freeways and highways, industrial factories or construction sites all emit a great amount of nuisance noise, sometimes making for unpleasant home ownership. Quality replacement windows have the capacity to shield you and your family from loud outside noise.
Direct sunlight blazing down on the carpet, upholstery, curtains, artwork and wood in your home can wreak havoc on finishes, delicate dyes and paints. Colors fade, finishes dull and fabric degrades and becomes brittle thanks to the ultraviolet (UV) radiation in sunlight.
Using Low-E coated glass or windows incorporating UV-absorbing plastic layers or applied films rather than clear uncoated glass will greatly reduce fading on interior furnishings and materials.
No matter how many coats of paint your old window frames have layered on them, new windows in new frames will give your whole home a fresh look while providing you with greater natural light minus the heat gain or cold drafts.
In order to meet every personal taste and architectural design, replacement windows are available in a wide variety of styles from old school to modern, including:
- Classic bay and bow windows
- Modern slider windows
- Picture windows
- Awning windows
- Casement windows
- Double-hung windows
Old, drafty windows are not only a nuisance; they reduce the efficiency of the HVAC equipment in your home. Fortunately, you can fight back by installing replacement windows before there are obvious indications of window failure, including warped glass, condensation buildup or rotting frames and sills.