Window replacement is a smart home-improvement idea, especially if you select well-made high-performance replacement windows. They will save you money because your home heating and cooling bills will be lower—and your home will be a lot more comfortable to live in. New windows will increase your home’s value and provide numerous other benefits like enhanced levels of safety and security, greater beauty, less need for maintenance and the joy of fingertip operation.
Consider Replacing Windows if:
>Your home feels drafty in cold weather or uncomfortably warm from heat penetrating your windows in warmer weather.
>Your heating and cooling bills are high—and continue to increase.
>You’re concerned about how safe or secure your windows are.
>Your home’s existing windows are faded, making your home look old and dated.
>The glass in your windows is cracked or the operating hardware is in need of repair.
>Your windows are difficult or impossible to open or close.
>Your old windows require constant work—puttying, painting, and re-caulking them.
>You’re planning to sell your home and you need “curb appeal” to make the sale.
Buying Windows and Doors
Selecting the right windows for your home can be a daunting task. Like any specialized area, window manufacturing and technology are constantly changing and understanding them can be difficult. Before you make any decisions and commit to what will likely be a substantial home-improvement investment, read on and learn more about windows.
Window Buying Tips & Advice
TIP 1: Become an educated consumer so that you can make smart decisions about this major investment. You deserve the best value for your hard-earned dollars, and you want windows that you will never need to replace again.
TIP 2: Select windows with frames and sashes made from premium-grade vinyl. Technological advancements over the past decade make vinyl the best material choice for energy efficiency, durability, low maintenance and beauty.
TIP 3: Choose “custom-made” windows. Though the initial purchase price may be higher than standard-sized windows, custom-manufactured windows are the best value in the long run because installation is faster and little to no “cosmetic” work to the inside or outside of your home is required. Plus, an exact fit means better thermal performance and lower energy bills!
TIP 4: Replacing windows is a great way to give your home a fresh, new look. Consider all the various styles, shapes and colors in which windows are now available. Today, window options offer new benefits never imagined before—from enhanced security and protection against damaging UV light to sound or energy control and greater comfort.
TIP 5: Select ENERGY STAR® qualified windows and doors from a manufacturer that participates in the ENERGY STAR program. With continuously rising energy costs, high-performance products will keep your heating and cooling bills lower—and provide a greater level of comfort for your home.