To replace or not to replace windows; that is the question for many homeowners, especially those with older homes. New windows can be a big dollar investment-between $8,000 and $24,000 for replacements for the whole home. Benefits are big, too, including saving on energy bills, improving the looks from your home and even resale value if you decide to sell.
New Windows Improve Your Home In Many Ways
When it comes to window replacement, there are plenty of things to consider before making the leap. For starters, how do you know window replacement is a good idea? Here are a few questions to ask yourself about your current windows.
- In winter cold or summer heat, do you feel a draft that can be traced to the windows? Caulking will help only so far. Then you need to consider energy efficient windows that reduce heat loss in the winter and let cold air escape when you use the air conditioner.
- When the cold wind blows do the windows rattle? Loose aluminum storm windows can be annoying, not to mention letting in outside air and dust.
- Do your summer air conditioning and winter heating bills seem higher than friends in homes with newer windows? Ask around, especially if you know people who are dealing with the same square footage as your home.
- Do you do windows? If you do, the newer windows that tilt in make it much easier and quicker to clean. You’ll still need to remove and clean screens from time to time, but you can access the actual window from the inside of your home.
- Are you still installing glass storm windows for winter and putting on screens in the warmer months? You can scratch that task off your list with newer energy efficient windows. Next to easy cleaning, this is probably one of the biggest advantages to new windows.
- Does opening a window require breaking a nail or getting a tool like a screwdriver to release the window for lifting? New, lighter weight vinyl windows open and close easily.
There are other advantages to keep in mind, too. If you live on or near a busy street, newer windows will block out a lot of that noise, making it more comfortable and relaxing in your home.
Still Not Sure? Phase In New Windows
If you’re unsure about investing in new windows, it doesn’t hurt to replace one or two in your home and then you can compare the difference for yourself. Perhaps you have one window where the wood is rotting around the window. That’s a great place to test a new window. If you have questions about costs and installation, consider a reputable contractor like Arctic Insulation of Marion. Call 319-261-1000 for a consultation.