There is a passage by writer Mary Anne Radmacher that is often quoted when moving into a new home: “May your walls know joy; may each room hold laughter, and may every window open to great possibility.”
The thrill of moving into a new house isn’t the only time that windows open up great possibilities for homeowners. You can replace your existing windows to brighten up your space, add more value to your home, and save you money on electric bills. Yes, updating your home’s window can do all of that.
Let’s delve into more detail about a few of the ways updating your windows can benefit your home.
There is nothing more entrenched in our psyche than spending summer days outdoors. With the presence of COVID-19, your own backyard has become even more meaningful and like a little slice of paradise.
When it comes to outdoor dining during the summer, your windows and doors should connect the entertainment areas of your home to outdoor spaces such as your deck or yard. You can use your windows and doors to contribute to an alfresco lifestyle for you, your family, and your guests by enhancing your recreational space.
New windows and doors harness and optimize the light coming into your home so that you can entertain during the longer evenings. The more natural light you can bring into your home, the more inviting, welcoming, and spacious it will appear.
Going green and increasing the energy efficiency of your home is more than just a hippie trend, it makes great financial sense too.
Each and every year the cost of heating and cooling your home goes up, and according to the U.S. Department of Energy,“heat gain and heat loss through windows are responsible for 25% - 30% of residential heating and cooling energy use.”
This makes energy-efficient windows an important investment for new build and existing homes. Thanks to progress in technology over the last 25 years, modern windows are designed to insulate against heat and cold up to four times more than conventional windows.
One important number to pay close attention to when calculating the energy efficiency of your windows is the U-factor, which is the rate of heat loss. The lower the U-factor, the greater a window’s resistance to heat flow and the better its insulating value.
While the U-factor is an important number to take into account, the performance of each part plays a role in the fight to reduce the use of artificial heating and cooling in your home.
The glazing, glass part, of your windows affects the energy efficiency depending on the number of panes it is made up of. The thermal performance of double or triple-panes is far superior to single-panes.
Low-E (low-emissivity) glass has a coating that reflects long-wave infrared energy (or heat) so is a great choice when selecting new windows.
The frame you choose also contributes to the thermal efficiency of your window. Wood frames insulate comparatively well while vinyl window frames offer advanced efficacy – especially if their hollow cavities are filled with insulation.
Storm windows can reduce the movement of air into and out of existing windows which greatly reduces energy consumption - cutting down on heating and cooling expenses.
Each framing material has it’s advantages and disadvantages so if this choice sounds overwhelming reach out to professionals like SK Windows to help you select the right windows for your home, climate, and budget.
Not only do buyers today expect an energy-efficient house, but they are also spoiled for choice in the current real estate market.
Your home’s curb appeal is dramatically enhanced with the instant facelift that new windows offer. This boosts its marketability and allows you to ask for a higher selling price. Who wouldn’t want that?
Window replacements are a worthwhile investment as you should recoup 70% to 80% of your costs in relation to your home's increased market value.
In the meantime, even if you don’t plan on selling your home for some time, new windows can create a more comfortable environment with less maintenance and cheaper electricity bills.
Talk about a win-win situation!
Not only do new windows enhance your home’s appearance and make it quieter, but replacing your windows can also eliminate or reduce the cost and effort of maintenance.
The durability (and therefore maintenance levels) of your windows are largely determined by the framing materials you choose.
Vinyl window frames are generally the least expensive option. Their affordability by no means detracts from their longevity and thermal qualities. Vinyl systems are durable and virtually maintenance-free.
Composite window frames are low maintenance and offer superb moisture and decay resistance. Some say it’s the best of both worlds with the attractive look of a wooden frame but the minimal maintenance of a synthetic frame.
Classic wooden window frames do require more maintenance than their synthetic counterparts, modern models are protected from the elements with aluminum or vinyl covering reducing maintenance.
If the idea of paying out a lump sum to replace your windows can be daunting, you may prefer to repair them instead. You can increase the comfort of your home and save money on energy costs by improving the thermal efficiency of your existing windows.
To achieve the curb appeal of new windows for less, you can replace aspects of your existing windows:
Considering the tasks listed above, it may seem like too much effort to repair old windows. But before you make up your mind to entirely replace them, consider the current condition of your windows, where the problem lies, and how serious it is.
Bear in mind that the cost of the glazing alone is often equal to the price of new windows. Restoring old windows may not be a great investment considering that newer window frames are constructed of superior materials, making them far stronger and more durable.
When looking to replace your windows, for aesthetic, economic, or investment purposes, you need to do your homework.
You can refer to this handy checklist before you sign on the dotted line:
It might be time to replace your windows when you notice any of the following problems:
Broken panes of glass. Not much lends more of an air of neglect than chipped, cracked, or holey glass. Even badly scratched windows can greatly affect curb appeal.
Damaged seals. Cracks and breaks in window seals occur over time as temperatures fluctuate, expanding and contracting the seals until they fracture.
Rotting Wood. Thanks to a combination of sub-par paint jobs and water exposure, this is a telltale sign that you need a new set of windows.
Draftiness. If a closed window lets in unwanted air, it is time to retire it. The purpose of windows is to spare you from cold air and temporary pollution.
Immovable windows. You know those stubborn windows that just will not budge. Whether from passing seasons, grimy tracks, or shoddy paintmanship, these windows need replacing.
When you hear the words, “glass doors” they conjure up images of light, airiness, and space. They may even motivate you to take a deep and relaxing breath – and that is exactly what they are to home décor.
A stylish glass door will brighten up any space by allowing natural light to flood in.
An exterior glass door is the most obvious port of entry for sunlight, but even interior doors made of glass add to the brightness of your home by encouraging light to pass from one room into another.
Natural light looks and feels much more gratifying than artificial light. It is environmentally friendly too, so your energy bill will be much less.
Brightening up your environment is an obvious feature when installing glass doors. But there are other benefits that are often overlooked.
From French doors and pivot doors to sliding and stacking doors, installing glass doors opens up your living space to bring the outside in, and take the inside out. Being able to see through the glass means that the effect lasts long after you have closed up.
Without anything blocking your view, being able to see outside through glass doors helps you connect to nature – proven to increase productivity and wellbeing. At least that’s what the researchers say.
For a home-office set up, glass doors allow privacy without cutting you off from the rest of the world With no end to COVID-19 in sight, these clever WFH solutions are increasingly valuable.
Many homeowners are installing aluminum windows as this popular choice offers numerous benefits.
Durable. Do not let its light weight fool you, aluminum is strong enough to endure harsh environmental conditions without swelling, cracking, or warping. Aluminum windows frames have a greater lifespan as they are resistant to corrosion and don’t rust.
Affordable. Because of its durability, aluminum stays in great condition for longer. Aluminum frames are a great long-term investment that will add value to your property.
Low maintenance. Gone are the days of scraping and sanding, painting and sealing. UV and weather-resistant aluminum windows do not discolor, rot, or rust, making them almost maintenance-free.
Flexible. Aluminum windows and doors offer design flexibility. There is already a wide variety of finishes, but aluminum can also be custom powder coated to match your color scheme perfectly.
Energy-efficient. Thanks to elevated levels of air-tightness, the thermal performance of aluminum windows and doors are excellent. Warmer, less breezy homes are of top priority for in-house energy efficiency.
Aluminum is easy to recycle with one of the highest recycling rates of all metals, making it a sustainable choice for the environment too.
Now that it’s clear how replacing your old windows with new will benefit your home whether you want to sell now or never, it’s time to reach out to the professionals. Let the friendly and expert team at SK Windows Co answer any questions you may have and provide a free estimate for new windows and doors. Brighten up your home today!