Owning a home is a major investment. To maintain the quality of your home, you’ll often find yourself looking for ways to improve both the function and appearance of your home. Windows are one often overlooked aspect, even though your windows play an important role in both the interior and exterior of your home.
Your windows provide a face to your home. With different trims and frames, the exterior of your home can reflect your taste and style. Windows also allow natural lighting into your home. Natural lighting can elevate your mood and decrease your reliance on artificial light. Your windows also have an important role to play in your home’s heating and cooling. Drafts can significantly affect the energy efficiency of your home, leading to higher utility costs.
When properly installed and maintained, windows can last for years. When moving into a new home, you’ll have to consider the current condition of your windows. In certain circumstances, minor repairs could be your best option. However, if any damage is significant, or if your windows are old, replacement may be the better option. While replacing windows is an up-front investment, you’ll see a return on that investment through increased curb appeal and increased home value.
When it comes to window selection, possibilities are endless. Windows can completely recreate the look and feel of any room in your home. When it comes to determining whether or not you should replace your windows, there are a few factors to consider.
What to look for
When moving into a new home, it can be difficult to determine the existing age and quality of the windows. Having a professional come in to inspect your windows is a valuable investment. When purchasing your home, you likely had a professional home inspector go through to evaluate the current condition of the home. While they can often provide a general idea of the quality of your windows, a professional will be able to provide you with detailed feedback, as well as walk you through all of your options. Here are some factors that can signify it’s time to install new windows.
Your windows should be able to open, stay open, or close without much effort. Windows are vital in circulating air and allowing natural sunlight into your space. If your windows are difficult to operate, this can be a sign that replacement is necessary. Windows that jam or stick are not only annoying, but they can also be a safety hazard.
Windows can be a problem area for drafts. A draft often indicates that the seal around your window is damaged or missing. Not only are drafts an inconvenience, but they can affect your HVACs ability to operate efficiently. Your heating and cooling systems could start to overwork trying to maintain the set temperature. This can cause monthly utility bills to increase significantly. There are a few methods for checking for a draft. If the seal is damaged enough, you may be able to physically feel the shift of air physically. You can also light a candle or an incense stick and slowly move it around your window. If the flame or smoke gets pulled, you are experiencing a draft issue.
If your home has older windows, you may be missing out on the benefits of energy-efficient window options. Newer windows are specifically designed to improve the efficiency of how your home operates. These windows work better in regulating temperatures. Energy-efficient windows increase the value of your home as well.
Window damage can include trapped condensation, cracks, chips, and potentially mold if water damage was an issue at some point in time. Damage to your window can allow pests, insects, and allergens to enter your home.
Your windows can help regulate the amount of outside noise that enters your home. Noise pollution can be distracting, especially if you live on a busy street. If noises seem louder than they should be, your windows may no longer be providing the insulation you need. Newer windows are designed to provide better noise-muffling capabilities.
Turn to a professional
If you are unsure if your windows need replacement, your best bet is to turn to a professional. A professional installation company can inspect the current condition of your windows. From there, they can provide you with the detailed information you need to make an informed decision. Your windows have an important role to play in the function and appearance of your home. When you want to improve the look of your interior and exterior, your windows are an excellent place to start. For a free estimate, contact Mr. Roof.