Things to Consider when Upgrading your Windows
Unless they are showing severe signs of age, windows are often forgotten about during a home remodel. And that’s a shame because windows can improve both the beauty and function of your home. If your windows are still in good shape, a glass glazing company can offer suggestions on how to upgrade without purchasing new windows.
Replace or Repair? What you Need to Know
In some cases, replacing old windows with new, more energy-efficient models is the best choice. But not in every case. In fact, there are many great reasons to refresh your existing windows to get the upgrade you’re looking for.
When Older is Better
If your home was built before 1960 and still has its original windows, experts advise you keep them. When you think about it, it really doesn’t make a lot of sense to replace windows that have already lasted for 60 or more years with new windows that offer a 10- or even 20-year warranty. Old windows were made to last, literally, because they were made to be rebuilt as needed. And from a design point of view, it’s unlikely new windows could ever match the charm of those originally made to fit the house.
Before ripping out those vintage beauties, consult with an experienced glass glazing company to learn more about your options. Refurbishing old windows will not only save money, but could also save the integrity of your home’s design.
The Facts on Energy Efficiency
The high-quality dual-paned windows available today retain nearly twice as much heat and air conditioning as the single-paned windows commonly used just a decade or two ago. But whether or not that adds up to any tangible savings depends on several factors. New windows can provide up to 15% savings on a total energy bill. The average energy bill for families in the U.S. is around $2,000, according to the US Department of Energy. Using that estimate, new windows could mean up to a $300 savings every year, which is substantial. But when compared to the cost of new windows, the savings may not stack up.
Whether or not new windows are actually cost-effective depends on several factors, including the price of the windows, how many you need, and how high your energy bills are on average.
How Does it Look?
Aesthetics may be the final point in deciding how to upgrade your windows. The wrong windows can lower a home’s curb appeal, not to mention its value. If you decide to replace them, make sure you are purchasing windows of better quality than the ones you already have. Don’t fall into the trap of thinking new is better even if the new ones are lower-quality.
A partial replacement is another option that can improve a home’s aesthetic appeal. It may be possible to remove the interior and exterior trim from the windows, improve insulation around the unit and reinstall a more attractive trim. Window inserts are another way to upgrade without the need for demolition. New, slightly smaller windows are fit inside the existing opening without removing the trim at all.
Consult a Glass Glazing Company
Desert Empire Mirror and Glass suggests homeowners consult with a reliable glass glazing company before making decisions about upgrading their windows. Most people don’t realize how many options are available, and that lack of knowledge could cost them a lot of money.