Not only can new windows give a house a whole new look, but there are also specific benefits that make this home improvement project well worth the time and effort. After finishing the replacement, many people are pleasantly surprised by the money they save in a variety of ways.
Older windows typically involve significant maintenance to keep them attractive and in good working order. This necessary maintenance may involve upkeep of the interior and exterior wood, such as painting or staining regularly. With newer models, the units generally have frames that do not need painting. These frames also maneuver in special ways to make it an easier process to open and clean the glass on both sides.
Many people are surprised at the difference in noise transmission between older and new windows. Anyone who lives on a noisy street with excessive vehicle congestion will likely notice that suddenly these sounds are significantly muffled after replacement. This noise transmission goes both ways as well. If you enjoy playing loud music, these sounds won’t extend out into the neighborhood either.
Draftiness can reduce the comfort level in a home in both winter and summer. Some people find winter warmth to increase by as much as 50 percent with new installations, depending on geographic location. These improvements occur because of a better fit around the frames and overall improvements to the glass. Most models have either double or triple panes of glass. In between the layers, krypton or argon gas improves thermal efficiency.
Most new windows have a special coating on the glass to block the sun’s powerful rays. “Low-E” coating is invisible, but it blocks solar waves from moving through the glass. This means that the sun won’t fade furniture or carpeting in the home. It also means that heat from the sun does not pass through the glass, which can help keep a house cooler in the summer.
With new windows in place, it is not unusual to begin seeing an immediate reduction in cooling and heating bills. Monthly utility bills might be lower by 25 percent or more. When it is time to sell the house, owners may recap their initial investment by nearly 90 percent in some instances.
Using less energy to heat and cool a house is also an environmentally friendly change because you will be using fewer resources. Using fewer resources generally means releasing fewer greenhouse gases into the environment, which benefits everyone.
After finishing this replacement, your home will have a vastly different appearance, both indoors and out. With many styles available, you can create a contemporary or traditional look for the house. Various trim styles also contribute to new and appealing looks both inside and outside.