Friday, 5 June 2015
How to Know If You Need New Windows
New windows not only improve the look and feel of your home, they can make living in it more comfortable through better energy efficiency. How can you tell if you need new windows? Here are just a few things to consider when you’re trying to decide.
Are you trying to sell your home?
Older windows lack the style and energy efficiency that many homebuyers are looking for, so you may want to consider investing in new windows in order to make your home more attractive to buyers. The investment could pay off, increasing your home’s overall value and appeal to buyers.
Do your current windows function properly?
Warped or damaged frames that make it difficult to open and close windows can be a sign that it’s time to replace them. Also, if you have condensation or fog appearing between panels of glass in the window, it is time for new windows.
Are your windows energy efficient?
Older windows are not as energy efficient as the ones made today. They tend to have more air leaks, don’t keep warm air out on cold days, and can let far too much heat inside on warm days. Some modern windows have other benefits, such as UV protection, that make them a much more attractive option than their older counterparts.
Are your windows safe?
Older windows may not be made with safety glass, which helps prevent injury if the glass is broken. The windows may not lock, or may not stay in place when open, posing a risk if they slam shut suddenly in a gust of wind. Many newer windows are designed with safety locks that prevent children from opening them fully and possibly climbing, or falling, outside.
If your windows don’t offer these safety features, it’s time to consider updating them.
New windows are a great practical investment in your home.
Whether you’re looking to sell your house or just want to make living in it more comfortable, new windows can be a great choice.