Keeping windows painted and in working order are basic maintenance requirements for many homeowners, especially those who own older homes. The look and condition of a window offer clues as to whether it’s time to replace. With today’s highly energy-efficient windows and modern designs, there are plenty of cost-saving, aesthetic and functional advantages to replacing windows. Not to mention the resale value new windows generate. And, ensuring that emergency egress windows and doors (required by building codes) can be opened quickly can literally save lives, permitting a swift, safe escape in the event of a fire.
Inspect your windows for decay. It might be a rot, jammed sashes, and broken parts. See signs that water has penetrated around the frame? The windows need to be removed and repaired before they rot. If the sashes stick, rub the bottom of a white candle against the bottom and sides of the window so it will slide better in the channel. If there’s condensation between layers of insulated glass, you’ll need to replace the sash or the window. Here are some of the benefits why you will need to replace your window.
Increased home value. Replacement windows can return homeowners 71 to 78 percent of the project cost upon resale.
Enhanced safety and security. Windows that don’t open easily or are painted shut can be a safety issue. They may prevent you from escaping your home during a fire.
Reduced dust and allergens. Your window blinds and curtains could be full of dust and airborne allergens. Blinds tucked between the glass stay protected from dust, helping to reduce allergens in your home.
Improved comfort. Energy-efficient, well-sealed windows can help reduce cold drafts and hot spots in your home.
Improved energy efficiency. Drafty, leaky windows make your furnace and air conditioner work harder and increase heating and cooling costs. Replacement windows can help you save money by improving your home’s energy efficiency.
More peace and quiet. Insulating frames and triple-pane glass help today’s windows reduce the noise from traffic, lawn mowers and barking dogs.
An enhanced view. New replacement windows can dramatically improve the beauty of your home inside and out.
Less time spent cleaning. Today’s windows are designed with convenient features like sashes that tilt in – making it easier to clean places that used to be hard to reach.