Most people consider replacing their windows when their old ones have become a hassle to operate or maintain. If you’re fed up with fighting windows that stick and jam, or you’ve had it with chilly drafts sweeping through your home in the middle of winter, new windows can help you enjoy your home again, as well as take pride in its appearance.
Here are some reasons why you should upgrade your windows now.
Replacement can be the easier option
When a window cracks or the frame warps, some homeowners will tape up the damage or stop using the window. Although you might still have a technically functioning window after a quick fix, it isn’t necessarily working the way it should. Cracks and warps can cause drafts or let in moisture, even if you do your best to seal the gaps.
Windows do not need to be purchased in full sets. Replacing one broken window in your home doesn’t mean that you have to replace them all. Stop dealing with the frustration of broken glass or windows that can’t be opened.
If windows aren’t broken, homeowners may choose to wait to upgrade their windows in order to save money on materials and installation. However, you’re already spending more money on energy bills with old windows that allow drafts. If you find that it’s difficult to keep your home warm in the winter and cool in the summer, your windows might be forcing you to keep central heating or AC on for longer than you need it. This adds a lot of wear and tear to your heating/cooling system as well.
After years of wear and tear, windows degrade like anything else. The latches can rust over time or become stripped and easy to break through. Intruders are able to recognize older windows and are more likely to target them because they are easy to break into. New windows have extra secure latches and are often sealed more tightly than older windows. Sealants loosen over time, frames warp, etc. New windows mean a more secure home overall.
Great for resale
If you’re selling your home, trading outdated windows for new ones can greatly increase the value of your home. With viewings, it’s all about first impressions, and buyers are always looking at windows, whether they realize it or not. If you’ve already upgraded the windows, buyers will see that as one less thing they have to do after purchasing the home. Attractive windows also enhance a home’s curb appeal, and a unique fixture like a bay window or picture windows can be a major selling point.
Regulations & health safety
Most modern windows are vinyl and come in a variety of finishes. According to consumer reports, “Lead-based paint was banned after 1978 and is especially common in homes built prior to 1960. Single-pane windows are a real concern, because the friction of opening and closing the sashes can release lead dust and result in lead poisoning in children.”
In some cases, you can strip very old windows and repaint them, but the safest option is to replace them completely. Not only does this remove the problem from your home, but also you won’t endanger yourself or a technician with lead-paint dust.
Ready to replace your windows?
If your windows are in bad shape, or you’d like to boost your home’s curb appeal, new windows can dramatically enhance the look of your home and save you money on heating and cooling bills. Learn what new windows can do for your property by contacting Absolute Exteriors to get a free estimate on new windows for your home in Ellisville, Chesterfield, Ballwin, and surrounding areas.