Benefits of Replacing Your Windows
Your home’s windows offer protection from the elements and can have a major impact on your curb appeal. As they age, windows can become less energy-efficient and make your home look outdated. While replacing your windows does require an investment, the bulk of homeowners who have made the change say they would do it over again. The following guide provides a look at some of the most important benefits of replacing your home’s old, outdated windows.
Most modern windows are better insulated than older versions and are also specially designed to reduce drafts. When you’re not constantly fighting against the outdoor elements, your HVAC system won’t have to work as hard, saving you money on your energy bills and reducing wear and tear on your system.
Not only can you feel good about reducing your carbon footprint, but you may also notice that your home feels more comfortable and less drafty. In some cases, you may find that you can move your furniture closer to the windows, expanding your home’s usable living space.
Home Security and Safety
Are your old windows painted shut or difficult to close? This is more than just a simple annoyance. Windows that are difficult to open can create a safety issue in the case of a fire or other emergencies. Newer windows also often have advanced security options, like security sensors and modern locking systems. In addition, newer windows are often made of laminated or tempered glass, which is less likely to break into sharp, jagged shards if they break. This can reduce the chance of an accidental injury.
Increased Home Values
New windows will boost your curb appeal and can also increase your home’s resale value. In fact, according to the 2020 Remodeling Cost vs. Value report, you can expect approximately a 67.4% return on investment for vinyl window replacement and about a 66.3% ROI for wood window replacements.
Older windows can also make your home look unattractive and outdated. Some prospective home buyers may hesitate to make an offer or lower their offering price based on the fact that they’ll soon need to come up with cash for replacements. Others may ask you to replace the windows as part of the sales contract. In this case, you may end up wishing you had planned ahead so you could enjoy the benefits for a few years instead of waiting until you’re ready to sell.
Fewer Allergens and Dust
Many modern windows have blinds and shades built in between the glass panes. This helps minimize the collection of dust and allergens that can accumulate and can also make spring cleaning much easier. In addition, between-the-glass shades and blinds are cordless, so you won’t have to worry about creating a safety hazard for children and pets.
Many newer windows have insulated frames and are made of double- or triple-paned glass with layers of argon gas in between. These features can provide significant sound dampening effects, blocking out or reducing noise from traffic, construction, and your neighbors. Many homeowners are surprised by how much quieter it is inside their homes once they’ve installed new windows.
As record numbers of homeowners are electing to remodel or update rather than move, they are also often incorporating windows into unexpected places. For example, some of the trends we’re seeing now include replacing upper-level kitchen cabinets with windows and adding large windows behind the bathroom sink instead of a mirror.
Another new trend is to place geometric-shaped windows along the ceiling. In addition, placing large windows or sliding doors next to the bathroom’s soaking tub will create a spa-like experience, allowing you to enjoy natural light and the warmth of the sun while relaxing in the bath.
A Better View
If your windows have seen better days, they may become scratched, dirty, or have a “foggy” look. While you may have gotten used to it, you’ll be impressed by the way new glass gives you a crystal-clear view of the outside world.
Maintaining and cleaning older windows is a notoriously tedious task. However, many new windows have features like tilt-in window frames and sashes that make it easy to clean the exterior of the window from inside your home.
While older wooden window frames may need to be refinished every few years, newer composite frames are virtually maintenance-free. This will allow you to spend less time cleaning and more time enjoying your beautiful new view.