When it comes to home repair activities such as replacing old siding, staining the deck, trimming the shrubs, and pressure washing the driveway, it’s easy to recognize when it’s time to get to work.
But it’s not so easy to know when the time is right to deal with your windows. After all, windows often look like … well … just ordinary windows. The perception is far from the truth, however.
There are a total of 12 good reasons why you should consider replacing your outdated windows.
1. Lower lifetime maintenance
Over the years, window cleaning, repairs, and other maintenance care can add up. You have plenty of other things to worry about; keeping your windows in tip-top condition shouldn’t be one of them. Tilt-and-sash windows make it easy to clean both sides, and vinyl frames mean you never have to paint again.
2. Better home security
Most people think primarily about doors when they’re focusing on home security, but windows are an even more popular entry point for criminals and burglars. Studies have rendered that indicate windows are the most frequent point of entry during warm weather months, and many older windows don’t have working locks.
Newer models, on the other hand, come with added locks for improved security, and many have been tested against forced entry. This is especially vital in the case of ground-level windows that are typical vulnerable points.
3. Reduced sound transmission
An easily overlooked advantage of newer windows is sound reduction. If you live on a busy street or on a lot that’s close to the neighbors, you know how distracting noise can be.
New window technology is better at suppressing outside noise before it enters the home. It also works in the opposite direction, too: noise that originates inside the house is less likely to distract those around you. This means you can play music louder without worrying about whether it’s bothering your touchy neighbor next door.
4. Enhanced curb appeal
Let’s be honest: Old windows can spoil the appearance of an otherwise attractive home. If you doubt this, just check out some of these before and after pictures.
You should be just as attentive to your windows as your front door, siding, and landscaping. Failing to pay attention to this essential aesthetic feature will reduce your overall curb appeal.
5. Positive ROI
Replacing old windows with newer solutions is a very wise long-term investment. According to the 2015 Cost vs. Value Report, the average wood window replacement costs $11,341 and adds $8,937 in value to your home (78.8 percent ROI).
The average vinyl window replacement costs $11,198 and adds $8,163 in value to your home (72.9 percent ROI). When it comes to mid-range projects, these are two of the highest returning exterior improvements you can invest in.
6. Improved energy efficiency
Not only are you adding resale value to your home when you invest in new windows, but you’ll also enjoy monthly savings right from the start. One estimate suggests you could save between $126 and $465 per year by replacing single-pane windows with more efficient options in a 2,000-square-foot home.
When you combine these savings with the aforementioned value-adds, replacing your home’s windows immediately becomes a great idea.
7. Eco friendly
Have you felt guilty about the rather large carbon footprint you’ve planted in your local community? Replacing inefficient windows with newer models can help you become a more eco-friendly neighbor. New windows mean your home’s HVAC system doesn’t have to consume as much energy to produce the same results. That’s a win-win situation for everyone involved.
8. More natural light
Most of us desire more natural light in our home. Windows these days generally have smaller frames but larger panes than in the past. This increases the amount of light in your home and should reduce the need for artificial light. So this can lower your energy bill and enhance the aesthetic appeal of your home.
9. Better UV protection
Although contemporary replacement windows let in more light, they also provide more protection from harmful UV rays. This means floors, walls, artwork, furnishings, and fabrics are less prey to deterioration and tend to last longer. Furthermore, this reduces the transfer of heat from outside and keeps your home cooler in the summer.
10. Reduced condensation
One of those pesky things that bother many homeowners is window condensation. Over time, condensation builds up and blocks entire windows with an unattractive frost or fog. In serious situations, moisture can even run off windows and stain the surrounding woodwork or plaster.
When you replace your old, foggy windows with newer styles, you can instantly improve the appearance of your home and cut the risk of further damage from this source. Today’s windows go through rigorous testing and are designed to withstand moisture and water damage.
11. Reliable warranties and flexible financing
At Siding & Windows Group, we take the work out of replacing your windows. Not only do we stand behind our products with a reliable product and service warranties, but we’re also happy to offer 18 months of interest-free financing.
This makes it easier for anyone to enjoy new windows without an undue financial burden. It’s another reason that replacing your windows should be simple and easy.
12. Peace of mind
Ultimately, it may come down to your peace of mind. If you choose to replace your old, deteriorating windows with modern, high-tech solutions, you can rest assured that your home is safer, healthier, and more energy efficient.
You don’t have to worry about wasting energy, compromising your family’s safety, or blowing your budget. Replacing the windows in your residence in 2015 is simple, easy, and cost-effective.
Contact Siding & Windows Group today
Are you looking for a reliable partner to help you accomplish the arduous task of replacing windows? At Siding & Windows Group, we make the entire process simple and cost-effective.
Whether you’re looking to enhance your home’s visual appearance, raise energy efficiency, add value to the property, or anything in between, we can help. From fiberglass to vinyl to wood, we only install the highest-quality windows on the market.
For additional information or to request a quote, please contact us today!