The Importance of Windows in Your Home
Windows are an important part of your home. They protect your home from the elements, let in natural light, and play a big role in your home’s curb appeal. Even if you’ve been properly maintaining your windows, they will suffer wear and tear over time. Plus, new technology and advancements in window manufacturing have produced higher quality, more energy-efficient windows. A window replacement could save you money on your energy bills and increase your property value.
How Do You Know When You Need New Windows?
Replacement windows for your home are a big investment, and there are some important factors to consider when you’re facing the decision to have them installed.
Any major investment in your home is a valuable one. A homeowner may choose to have replacement windows installed for a variety of reasons, such as adding more curb appeal to their home or reducing their energy costs. Others may seek to limit noise from the outside, increase privacy, or moderate the amount of light coming into their homes.
There are windows to suit every taste, décor, and preference, but they can be expensive, and sometimes there are more affordable solutions than a full window replacement.
Should I Repair A Window or Replace A Window?
No matter how well-built a home is, nothing lasts forever – and windows are no exception. When you think about what your windows are exposed to on a daily basis, and the fact that they are made of glass, it is no wonder that they are one of your home’s more delicate features.
While it may seem that a shattered window from an overthrown baseball is a total disaster, it usually only requires replacing the glass panes themselves and is less expensive than a full window replacement.
There are situations where replacing the window entirely is the only option though. If the seals fail on double-pane windows, air, moisture, and particulate matter can enter the window and create a haze or fog that is impossible to remove. In this situation, those double-pane windows also lose their energy efficiency, and you might see your utility bills increase. In severe cases, the actual window frame can warp or become damaged.
If you have windows that just refuse to open, they will likely need to be replaced as well. There are numerous factors that cause windows to jam, including settling foundation, warped or deteriorated frames, or the frames being painted or otherwise sealed shut.
These same factors can cause the opposite problem too. You may feel like you can never get your windows closed tightly enough to stop all the drafts. If your windows won’t close all the way, you may also need a full window replacement.
In addition to driving up your energy expenses, windows that won’t open or close can be a safety hazard in the event of an emergency. Installing replacement windows can make sure you and your family can make safe exits if needed and save you on your utility bills and reduce frustration.
Energy Efficient Windows
If you observe condensation on your windows or draft air leaks, those are signs that your windows are not effectively protecting you and your home from the outside elements. The heated air flows out in the winter, and chilly outside air sneaks its way into your home, making your heater work harder than it needs to and wasting your money. Older, single-pane windows are far less energy-efficient, more prone to air leaks, and provide only a single pane of glass to protect and insulate your home from the elements outside.
Many local utilities providers offer a free energy assessment for your home and can offer you some valuable insight on how to improve the energy efficiency of your home. Since windows are typically the source of up to 25% of the energy lost in homes, the auditor’s report should tell you how effectively your windows maintain proper energy and moisture control. The energy experts at Clarke & Rush can perform this assessment as well.
There may be some simple steps you can take to increase the energy efficiency in your home, like adding weather stripping or storm windows. If these less-expensive solutions don’t get the results you need, then a full window replacement may be necessary.
How much does it cost to replace windows?
It is difficult to give a clear estimate regarding the cost of a window replacement since there are a lot of variables, like the size, shape, quantity, and fabrication materials. Windows can range in price from $200 to more than $1,000 each, so choosing to install them simply in an effort to save energy isn’t always cost-effective.
Installing insulation in your attic or roof, for example, may be a more cost-effective solution to reduce your energy expenses. Certain energy-efficient home improvements – like replacement windows – may qualify you for local, state, and federal tax credits or rebates, too.
With numerous loan and incentive programs available, the price does not have to be prohibitive. Replacing your windows comes with several benefits: noise and light control, dust and allergen reduction, easier maintenance, and a beautiful new look for your home. Many new replacement windows are also friendly to the environment, which makes them even more attractive.
Types of Vinyl Windows
They say that eyes are the window to the soul, and windows are the eyes of your home. Your home’s windows help define its character and personality, and broken, faded, or mismatched windows really detract from the curb appeal of your home.
Whether your replacement window needs are functional, aesthetic, or some combination of both, windows can be made to suit any need. Of course, your budget plays a big role, but with so many options available, we can help you find replacement windows that meet your needs and your budget.
When Window Replacement is Necessary, Contact Clarke & Rush
At Clarke & Rush, we understand the investment of a window replacement. But we also know that not all window problems require a replacement. Our team will do their best to advise you on which windows need to be replaced and which options will best meet your needs and budget. While other companies may charge for this service, for us, it is just a part of doing business honestly. If your windows do require replacement, our knowledgeable window specialists perform