There are many questions to answer when deciding whether or not to replace the windows in your home. Your very first question might be whether or not it makes financial sense to do a total window replacement. So, we’d like to go over the most compelling reasons you may have for electing to replace the windows of your home.
Like many home repairs and upgrades, replacement windows not only add to the aesthetic curb appeal of your home, but also increase the assessed value of your home. Many experts list replacement windows as one of the top five home improvements that maintain the value of your home, calling them “essential”. They generally return a value of about 70-80% on investment, just to start.
From time to time, different power companies, as well as government agencies can offer rebates for making energy efficient upgrades to your home. A great way to take advantage of these rebates when they’re available is by replacing older windows with newer energy-star rated windows that increase the energy efficiency of your home.
Older windows that are damaged or just less efficient to begin with can add substantially to the amount of energy required to maintain your home at a comfortable temperature. Because glass allows a high rate of heat transfer, it’s critical that your windows are designed to minimize this impact and that they continue to do so for as long as possible. Otherwise, you could be losing up to 20% of your cooling/heating energy due to heat transfer through inefficient windows. Lower energy bills will also make your home more attractive to potential buyers if/when you sell.
Manufacturing technology for residential windows has come a long way in recent years. As consumers and corporations strive for better energy efficiency, windows are being designed with more and more additional options that make them much better choices than their ancestors. Things like energy star ratings and low-emissivity coatings have provided the market with more efficient windows at a much lower cost. Likewise, many older windows may not have the functional design we now expect from picture, single-hung, double-hung or casement windows.
At RAM Residential Remodeling, we know that choosing new windows can be complicated and depends entirely on your individual priorities. We have the knowledge and expertise to help guide you through the process, start to finish, from purchase to installation. Give us a call today at 586-731-9830 with any questions or concerns. We’re happy to help, it’s what we’re here for!