Window replacement is a large undertaking. There are many precautions and considerations to think about before spending a lot of money on windows.
1. Damaged Windows
There are several signs that windows have damage. In a lot of cases, these are minor fixes and the homeowner saves a lot of money. Drafty and foggy windows are a sign there is something wrong that needs replacing. Windows that refuse to open or close are a fire hazard and can be dangerous. It is easier and cheaper in the long run to replace windows that are warped or broken beyond a simple repair.
2. High Energy Bill
A high energy bill can be a sign windows need replacing. When windows are not energy efficient they allow heat to move through them easily. They don’t block out UV light from the sun and the house gets hotter despite the air conditioning. The same effect happens in the winter with some of the heat from the central heating escaping through the windows. It will cost 10 percent to 25 percent more to cool and heat the home with inefficient windows.
3. Unappealing Appearance
Windows are one of the most prominent features of a home. If they look broken, warped, run down, or damaged, the rest of the house will, as well. Windows are also a statement. If a house was built earlier in the century, a homeowner may want to update the look of the house with more modern windows.
Homes in areas of extreme weather and homes on the coast have the hardest time with windows. With extreme weather like hurricanes, storms, and tornadoes, the homeowner knows a window will break at some point. Homes near the ocean will also often need their windows checked. The wind, moisture, fog, and salt can quickly corrode and deteriorate windows. Temperature and moisture changes will also force window expansion, warping the window.
5. Old Home
If a homeowner has a beautiful old home that needs renovation, he windows may need changing, but the homeowner may worry about how that depreciates or improves the worth of the house. Some homes become less valuable with their original windows taken out, while others need a bit of modernization. If the house is in disrepair, the homeowner may want to refurbish it to its former beauty, windows and all.
6. Money Saved
Windows are expensive, so the best time for a homeowner to replace the windows is when they have enough money saved to do the job right.