Replacement windows offer more than a refreshed look and curb appeal. Windows are one of the most essential features of a home, but they can drain your energy costs and cause other problems when they are outdated. However, replacing your old windows comes with many benefits.
Do You Need New Windows?
If you’re having a tough time deciding if you need to replace your windows, you may want to learn some of the warning signs. For example, if you notice your windows are sagging, have soft or pliable sills/frames, streaking or moisture build-up between glass panes, the windows won’t open and close properly, or the locks won’t latch properly, it’s probably time for an upgrade. First, however, you may want to learn common window replacement terms before you start window shopping.
#1 Energy Savings
One of the most popular benefits of replacing windows is energy savings. In addition, newer windows offer more protection from the elements, keeping cold air out in the winter and warm air out in the summer. New windows also block sunlight from affecting your home’s temperature, reducing drafts, which means your furnace and air conditioner don’t have to work as hard. As a result, you will save money on your energy bills, reduce wear and tear on your HVAC system, and feel better about using less energy!
#2 Increases Home Value
Like any home improvement project, replacing your old windows can bring a significant return on your investment (ROI). You can expect to recoup almost 75% of the project’s cost when it’s time to sell your home. While aesthetic value is important, homebuyers know the investment cost of installing new windows. As a result, new windows are attractive to potential buyers because they know they will have lower energy bills and won’t have to replace them for a long time.
#3 Better Home Security and Safety
New windows provide several benefits regarding safety and security that you may not have considered. For one thing, newer windows are often made from tempered or laminated glass, which is less likely to shatter if the window gets broken, minimizing the chance of injury. New windows also have safety features like locks and sensors that make them harder to force open and break into from outside, keeping you safer and more secure in your home. Newer windows make a much easier escape from house fires and other emergencies.
#4 Noise Reduction
New windows prevent energy loss and dampen noise. Argon gas fills between double and triple glass panes, minimizing heat transfer and insulating windows. Who doesn’t want a lovely, quiet home? In addition, triple-paned glass can block out the sound from busy roads and walkways or construction taking place in the area.
#5 Less Maintenance
Cleaning and maintaining old windows can be a hassle, but newer windows have several unique features that make cleaning and maintenance more manageable. For example, older wooden window frames need to be refinished every few years, but newer composite frames are basically maintenance-free. New window designs also feature easy-to-clean options like tilt-in window frames and sashes so you can clean the exterior of the windows while still inside the home. Some even feature blinds or shades inside the windowpanes, making dusting and cleaning much easier.
#6 Reduced Allergens
Window coverings like curtains, shades, and blinds can harbor dust and allergens. Some modern window designs include options for blinds and shades incorporated right inside the windows, meaning dust can’t accumulate on the blinds or shades. As a result, your home will have one less landing place for dust and allergens. It’s also one less thing you need to clean, and no cords for the blinds mean increased safety for kids and pets.
Increase your home’s value and energy efficiency with new windows. HomeWise Roofing & Exteriors is proud to offer our expertise in installing beautiful windows to the local communities near and in Omaha. Contact the professionals to schedule a consultation for your window replacement today.