They’re your outlet to the outside world. Sometimes they’re stubborn and won’t open up; and other times they open up a bit too much. Every home has them, and every home needs them, no matter how big or small. Yes – we’re talking about your windows.
Many of you may need to upgrade your old windows, but aren’t sure if it’s in the budget this year, or if it’s a priority. You might have gotten away with prolonging the inevitable reno in the summer months, but now that it’s getting colder out there, you’re probably feeling that frigid draft sneaking through the cracks and crevices of your old windows.
What happens next is you having to crank up the heat in your home, and in turn, that’ll lead to higher heating bills.
- Energy Efficiency – Consider replacing your old windows with new energy efficient ones. It’ll not only save you money (in fact, we guarantee a savings of up to 40% – depending on your current situation) on your heating/cooling bill(s), but also the hassle of maintaining your old windows. Most vinyl windows on the market today are practically maintenance-free, meaning you won’t ever have to paint of caulk them again.
- Resilience – Newer vinyl windows are much more durable than older wood windows. Vinyl windows also provide a better insulation value. Wood is typically subject to harsh weather conditions, and can shrink or expand depending on the elements. The problem here is once that wood is done expanding or contracting, it’ll leave gaps of space, which will eventually lead to drafts.
- Curb appeal – Let’s face it, we sometimes do in fact judge a book by its cover. If you’re in a house where the windows are more than 20 years old, chances are they look aged and dated. Stylistically speaking, they might be unappealing. Updating your old windows can increase the beauty of your home. Having attractive new windows in your home also becomes a bonus when it comes time to sell, as it’ll entice buyers. It will also add to the equity of your home.
Whether or not you feel it’s time to replace, it’s always important to weigh the pros and cons of any renovation, and make an educated decision from there.