There are many great reasons to replace the old windows in your home. New windows aren’t going to be drafty and they will hold the aesthetic appeal your old windows were lacking. Your new windows will also be more energy efficient compared to your old windows, but how much will you really save? How do you avoid window maintenance? And how much money can you recoup upon selling?
Here is what you need to know before making your window investment.
How Much Money Do Energy Efficient Windows Really Save?
In today’s market, the very best dual-glazed windows are twice as effective at retaining air condition and heat as single-paned windows. It is estimated that new windows can save anywhere from 5 percent to 15 percent in energy. The average homeowner pays about between $1000 and $1500 a year in heating and cooling costs. This will provide you an energy savings anywhere from $150 to $225 a year.
Most seasoned renovators have learned that wood product available on the market today; do not stand up as well as the wood elements utilized 100 or even 50 years ago. This is primarily because lumber is farmed rather quickly as opposed to being allowed to grow slowly over time.
In order to avoid wood rot, it’s a good idea to consider a solid wood alternative. Wood coverings that are covered in aluminum skin, known as aluminum clad, are recommended on the exterior. This is available in a variety of colors with a guaranteed finished of up to 20 years. Although this is typically 15 to twenty percent more than solid wood, it is estimated to last four times as long. Alternatively, vinyl is a popular and affordable option. Read more about this here.
Windows Can Be Repaired
Just because your older windows rattle, are drafty, or just will not stay open, doesn’t guarantee that you need a window replacement. A great carpenter or window specialist will be able to replace broken panes, free up upper sashes, and replace hardware and glazing, making them almost as energy efficient as new windows.
Aesthetics Are Everything
It is estimated by the National Association of Realtors that 73% of the value of replacement windows can be recouped upon resale. Choose the wrong type of windows however, and you can actually depreciate the value. Make sure to make investment choices that add to the overall value, and never invest in a downgrade.
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