Consider these factors when determining if you need replacement windows.
Installing new replacement windows is a big deal. Homeowners replace windows to repair damage, save money by reducing energy consumption or enhance the beauty of their home. Others want easier maintenance, a way to block outside noise or some shade from unwelcome light. Some just like the privacy certain windows afford.
Windows exist for practically any need, but they aren’t cheap and sometimes there are other, less expensive solutions than replacement. What are some reasons for replacing — or keeping — your windows?
Repair a window or replace a window?
Nothing in a home is built to last forever, and windows are no exception. Daily exposure to weather and sunlight takes its toll, and being made of glass makes windows especially vulnerable to breakage. Yet, a baseball from a backyard pickup game shattering the glass doesn’t mean you need to replace your entire window. Usually you can simply replace the glass, which is known as reglazing, to save some serious money.
Replacing a window may sometimes be your only option, though. When the seal on the glass panes of a double-paned window fails, air and moisture enter the window and cause the irritating fog that blocks your view and is impossible to clean off. Sometimes this problem can be solved by simply having the seal fixed, but if the bigger issue is that the window frames themselves have warped, you will continue to experience seal failure time and time again.
You’ll also need replacement windows if your current windows no longer open. This can be caused by a number of factors, such as the foundation shifting, the frame deteriorating or the windows being painted shut.
On the other hand, you may have tried to close your windows as tight as possible to prevent a cold winter draft or dust cloud from seeping in, only to become frustrated that the frame doesn’t seal completely closed anymore.
These issues are driving up your monthly energy bill, as well as eliminating an emergency escape route. Replacing them with new replacement windows that are custom-built to fit the opening will not only save you money every month, but can also prevent a lot of frustration.
Energy efficient replacement windows
Drafty air leaks and water condensing on the inside glass are indicators the window isn’t protecting you from the outside world properly. Cold air infiltrates and heat pours out through the same weak seals, wasting your money. Older, single-pane windows are especially prone to leaking, and the single pane of glass does little to block incoming light, heat and cold.
A professional energy auditor, independent from any contractor or window manufacturer, can inspect your home and make recommendations to improve your home’s efficiency. Since windows are the source of up to 25 percent of lost energy, the auditor’s report should tell you how well your windows maintain proper energy and moisture control.
You may only need to make only simple modifications, like weatherstripping or adding storm windows. If these less expensive alternatives fail, replacing them with more energy-efficient replacement windows may be unavoidable.
Determining the cost of a new replacement window depends on a number of things, such as quantity, size and materials.
Some replacement windows may be eligible for a 10 percent federal tax credit and possibly other state, local and utility company credits and loan programs.
Cost isn’t always the final arbiter, though. New replacement windows usually come with other benefits, like better control of noise, light and dust. They look great, are durable and are very easy to maintain. They’re also good for the environment, which makes replacements even more appealing.
The style of a new replacement window
Windows help define a home’s character, and mismatched, faded or broken windows detract from its’ beauty. Whether your need for replacement windows is aesthetic, functional or both, windows can be made to meet practically any need. Your budget plays a major role in directing your choices. Fortunately, a massive variety of colors, shapes and sizes give you endless options.
The Window Source of Des Moines is here to help you select the right replacement windows for your home! Schedule a free estimate today.