As much as we wish that our well-maintained windows will last forever, the reality is that over the years, they will need to be replaced. There are many things to consider when it comes to replacing the windows in your home.
Whether you decide to replace one window at a time or all at once, replacing drafty windows can help you save energy by reducing heating, cooling and lighting costs. Read on, to learn more about the signs of needing a new window.
It’s important to inspect the windows of your home regularly. Keeping an eye on the look and performance of your windows can help you determine if you should repair or replace them. Heat gain and heat loss through windows are responsible for 25% – 30% of residential heating and cooling energy use, per Energy.gov.
Is it time to upgrade your home’s windows?
When new weather-stripping, hardware or a minor repair no longer does the trick, be on the lookout for the following 10 signs:
- Cracks and gaps that let in drafts
- Tough to open and close
- Moisture damage around wood sills
- Hard to find replacement parts
- High energy bills
- Painted or swollen shut
- Leaking water
- Poor installation
- Warping or rotting
If you find that you are experiencing the majority, if not all, of the window issues noted, then its likely time to consider upgrading the windows in your home. Weigh the costs and benefits of replacing the windows in your home. For starters, window replacement is one of the best home remodeling projects in terms of investment return: For average-quality vinyl windows, you can recoup 80% of the project cost in added home value, according to the “Remodeling Impact Report.” Based on the vinyl window replacement projects in the “Report,” that’s a value add of about $15,000 if you should decide to sell your house.
When it comes to buying new or replacement windows for your home, what qualities will you look for? Whether you prefer energy efficiency, smooth operation or low maintenance, it’s important to ensure a quality installation. Plus, a complementary look that dresses up your home. With a wide range of operating styles, grille patterns and colors improving energy must stay top of mind to help you enjoy cost savings, enhance curb appeal and add to the resale value of your home.