Replacing residential windows is an expensive endeavor. The end result, however, provides substantial benefits that include adding value to your home and saving money on heating and cooling. If you are considering new windows, it’s important to first determine if they actually need replacing. If they do, make sure you select a trusted contractor that provides a quality product and first-class installation.
When Should You Replace Your Windows?
If your home or your current windows are more than fifteen years old, it’s time to seriously think about window replacement should any of these situations exist:
- your monthly energy bills are becoming much too high
- your home is too cold in the winter and too hot in the summer
- you feel drafts coming from your windows
- your windows are becoming difficult to open and close
- the glass in your windows ice up, fog up or rattle when it’s windy
- you need to climb a ladder to clean and paint windows or install and remove storm windows
Advances in Window Technology
Over the past 30 years there have been significant improvements in window construction that have greatly improved energy efficiency. Multiple panes of glass in the prime window eliminate the need to add a storm window in winter weather. Between these layers of glass is a sealed air space referred to as an “insulated glazing unit”. Some new windows feature a third layer of glass or plastic film that creates two layers of trapped air to increase insulating performance. Others replace the trapped air with a low-conductivity gas such as argon for greater insulation value. The application of low-e coatings block out harmful ultraviolet light that can fade furniture and carpets, and block the escape of radiant heat. Compared to wood, the insulating performance of frame materials has improved through the use of hollow vinyl channel or fiberglass frames that filled with fiberglass or foam insulation.
The Benefits of New Windows
By installing new windows in your home, you will enjoy a number of benefits including:
- considerable savings on heating and cooling
- more comfortable living ¾ warmer in winter, cooler in summer, and the elimination of drafts
- no more painting or storm windows to deal with
- easy window cleaning from the inside of your home
- elimination of carpet, furniture and window covering damage from ultraviolet light
- reduction of outside noise
- an increase in the curb appeal and the value of your home
Connect With Local Contractors for Free Estimates
Find the best possible window replacement cost estimate from an installer in your area. You can receive up to four estimates from top-rated, licensed and insured contractors that provide brand-name windows from manufacturers such as Anderson, Milgard and Champion. Get your free window estimates today.