Replacing your windows typically costs $2,500 or more. The cost of replacement windows depends largely on the number of windows you need, the quality you choose, and your level of customization. Before you make such a major decision, find out for sure if it’s the best move for your home or business. There are many situations in which window repairs may benefit you just as much as replacement. In the following circumstances, however, it is almost always best to overhaul your windows and go with full replacement. (Still not sure? Get a professional’s opinion and free window inspection by contacting us.)
Your Windows Are Over 20 Years Old
The majority of windows last around 20 years before they are too brittle and worn to work as they should. Check the date on your home or company’s last window installation. If your windows are from 1998 or earlier, it’s time to consider window replacement. If you aren’t sure when your windows were put in, schedule a professional inspection to find out if you’re due for replacement.
Old windows aren’t only less effective because of time – they weren’t manufactured with the techniques, knowledge, and technology we have today. Older windows don’t have a fraction of the strength, security, or energy efficiency of modern windows. In fact, replacing your old windows with Energy Star rated ones could slash your energy bills by about 40%, saving homeowners an average of $150 to $500 per year. Replacing old windows is a wise financial investment for more reasons than one. Not only will you be cutting down on your energy bills, but you will also increase the value of your home, making window replacement a wise investment whether you are staying in your home or selling your home.
You Want a More Comfortable House
Old, outdated windows could be the reason you feel cold in your home in winter and hot in summer. Your HVAC system might run around the clock, but leaking windows could still let in drafts of uncomfortable outdoor air. This wastes energy, increases utility bills, and decreases your enjoyment of your home. If you’re fed up with feeling uncomfortable in your house due to lack of temperature control, consider replacement windows. Modern, Energy Star windows have superior draft and leak protection.
It’s Hard to Open and Shut Your Windows
Many old windows are warped, with swollen wood, chips, or cracks that interfere with how easily they roll on their tracks. In other cases, previous homeowners might have used the wrong caulk or weather stripping to seal windows, making them difficult or impossible to open. If you struggle to open and close your windows, it’s a sign you need replacement. Brand new windows can restore the full functionality of your home, giving you control over the light and fresh air in each room.
You’re Selling Your Home
Old windows with faded, cracked frames and fogged glass can impede curb appeal and reduce the value of your home. Potential buyers may offer less or not want to buy the home at all if they know they’ll have to replace the windows before moving in. If you plan on selling your home in the next five to 10 years, replacement windows can be a great investment for maximizing the market value of your property. If you plan on keeping your home, replacement windows can improve its look and feel for your family.
If you think it’s time to consider window replacement, trust the experts at Mr. Roof. We can install beautiful, energy-efficient windows and complete most jobs the same day. Request a free estimate now.