Window replacement is expensive. If a homeowner has an old house with beautiful windows they want to preserve, the decision to upgrade can be difficult. Ultimately, it comes down to the timing and advantages of window replacement. A homeowner wants to be sure they need new windows, know the kind of new windows they need, and be sure there is a benefit from the new windows.
1. Are Your Windows Old?
Older windows can have a host of problems. Most are single paned, which allows heat in the house in the summer and lets heat out in the winter. Old windows can also let in moisture, creating humidity and moisture damage. Little cracks in old windows are like big open doors for pests that want to make a home in the house. Rotting frames and chipped paint are a sign that the windows need updating.
2. Are Your Windows Safe?
Windows that don’t properly open or close can be a danger. An open window can let in unwanted guests. A window that doesn’t open can be a danger in an emergency situation such as a fire. It’s not worth the risk to leave broken windows unfixed.
3. Are Your Windows Efficient?
Having energy efficient windows is about more than experiencing cheaper energy bills. An efficient home is also worth more because green homes increase their value with each new update and addition.
4. What Kind of Frame Do You Want?
Frames can range from PVC to fiberglass to wood. Each has its own advantages and challenges: PVC is cheap, but will deteriorate over time. Aluminum frames are cheap and durable but not very energy efficient. Fiberglass frames are energy efficient but will be expensive and can deteriorate. Wood requires maintenance and is the most expensive type of frame — but makes up for it with high energy efficiency and beauty.
5. What Kind of Glass Do You Want?
Double-paned glass with a vacuum-sealed argon fill is the most efficient for the money. Triple panes add a bit more efficiency but not as much as the extra to justify the extra $40 per window. The double-paned window lets light in without as many UV rays from the sun. They also help keep heat in during cold winter weather. The window glass needs to have as little heat travel through it as possible to be effective.