Window replacement projects can be quite costly, and since this isn’t exactly the kind of project to sharpen your DIY skills on, the cost of window installation will further add to the bill. Therefore, it’s only practical to reconsider a window installation project before confirming it.
As you read through to the end, you will find that we have addressed most of the common questions that homeowners generally ask, or at least should ask, before replacing their windows.
You May Not Actually Need to Replace Your Windows
Contrary to what most window sellers and installers might be telling you, there is a good possibility that you may not need new windows at all. If there’s nothing wrong with your present set of windows and they have never felt out of place in your present décor, such an investment would make little sense. Even if the house has a few windows that need repairing, simply getting them repaired is going to cost a lot less and may make them last for at least a few more years.
You Will Know When It’s Really Time to Get a Window Replacement
When a house is in need of new window installations, the house owner usually knows that it is time. Of course, in order to know that, they will have to be aware of the signs first, and we have listed them below to make it easier for you:
- The material is rotting visibly, and/or feels soft to the touch
- In case of double glazed windows, the formation of water droplets inside indicates that the glazing is compromised
- Noise from outside is getting through almost unobstructed
- There are cold/hot spots near windows, even when closed
- Repair jobs are not lasting long, or they simply cannot solve much anymore
- The window repairman himself is telling you to get a window replacement
- The present windows look completely out of sync with your planned/present décor
- One or more windows in the house are too small or dark to let in enough light and heat during the day
- The windows have been damaged either accidentally, during a storm, or after an attempted burglary, for example
- They glass isn’t designed to provide the residents with any privacy from eyes outside the house
If any one of these signs are something that you can relate your own windows with, then you really do need to consider window replacement more seriously. Get free window installation advice regarding design options, maximum energy-efficiency, suitability of materials, etc. by booking a video consultancy session with American Vision Windows. Once you have reached a conclusion regarding the window replacement project that would be best suited for your home specifically, work should begin shortly after.
Are There Real Advantages to Getting a Window Replacement?
Whether a certain window installation will be able to benefit a household or not is highly variable. However, in most situations, when the owner is already considering window replacements, there is usually a cause. Given that it is not possible to provide a universal answer to how useful new window installations can be for a house, go through the following advantages which new windows can bring to any house.
Saving Money and the Environment
Modern windows are designed to be insulated, or at least you should only be buying ones that are insulated. Insulation could come in the form of a special coating, a thin film on the glass or even double glazing, if the budget and the design suit it. The idea is to prevent outside heat, humidity or cold from affecting indoor weather conditions.
When the cooled or heated air from inside the room cannot escape or exchange temperature with the outside environment via window glass, the following effects are achieved:
- Since temperatures do not change easily once comfort levels are reached, your HVAC system has to work less and will thus consume less energy
- The HVAC system lasts longer, as it has to work less following the window replacement project
- Heating/cooling bills are significantly lowered, since a HVAC system doesn’t need to consume as much power for maintaining comfortable temperature levels inside
- The reduced carbon footprint is a blessing for the environment
- As an additional advantage, soundproofing can make it a lot more bearable to live even in a loud neighborhood
Aside from these, new windows can also add easy operability. Remote operated mechanized windows are just extremely convenient, especially if you have a large house with big windows.
Although a new set of windows isn’t always made a priority while choosing or finishing any house redecoration plans, when it does apply, the effects can be quite impressive and beneficial. From making your home look a lot better from the outside, to making the residents feel like they are in a new house altogether, a set of windows can do all that and much more, provided that the actual window installation is well planned and appropriately executed.