Are Replacement Windows a Good Investment for your Home?
by Boris Dzhingarov on May 9, 2019
HINT: More often than not, yes.
When it comes to owning a home, you have a myriad of things to keep track of, from heating and cooling systems, roofing, siding, and yes...even windows!
Yet, all too often our windows are an overlooked appendage, aside from the occasional wipe-down during spring cleaning. But just like the rest of your house, Window Mart wants to remind you that windows age and wear down over time, becoming less energy efficient and effective at keeping the elements safely on the outside (where they belong).
We get it: new windows can be expensive. But just like your home, they are an investment, not only in energy efficiency but in aesthetics and curb appeal. So while they can cost in the short run, replacement windows often save you money over time.
Drafty rooms, poor natural lighting, pests, failing infrastructure, and energy efficiency are all troubling for homeowners. Troubles that high-quality replacement windows can help remedy.
When to Consider Replacement Windows
Many homeowners are hesitant to seek repairs and replacements for major portions of their home -- often because they are such a large investment. However, some instances may arise that force one to reconsider this investment. There comes a point where the value of replacement windows can (and often does) provide adequate benefits and rewards that far outweigh any “cons” of taking the plunge.
When debating window replacement, consider the following options:
The State of Your Frames
The frame is an essential part of your window. The frame is what provides the structure and support for your glass, screens, and other window mechanics. Any cracks, warping, peeling, wear or damage can reduce its ability to protect your home from pests and the elements.
When frames are visibly worn or splitting around the seams, it’s time to look into replacement windows. You’ll find a drastic reduction in energy consumption and pest invasions when your frames are at their best.
The Current Type of Glass
Many homeowners are surprised to learn that different windows may use different types and thicknesses of glass. Glaze plays a major part in the quality of glass and its energy efficiency.
Double and Triple glazed glass offers better thermal insulation and energy efficiency, helping to lower your overall energy costs. Older glass, even glazed, may not have low emissivity as well.
Just take a look at Energy Star’s recommendations. They note that newer low-emissivity glazed glass can save homeowners substantially more than having single or double pane windows, estimating savings of $126-$465.
Regional and micro-climates affect the efficiency of your windows. You want to ensure your home is equipped with windows that offer a good return on energy costs.
Situated in Southern Alberta, we often endure frigid winters -- though not as cold as Edmonton. These two areas share a prairie-steppe climate, which means sunny weather (even in the winter) and what little rainfall we get coming in late summer, and let’s not forget the wind. From our warm, dry Chinook winds that thaw our snow, to the blustery northerly winds that chill us to the bone.
The combination of cold and heavy winds can lead to higher energy consumption if your home is not protected with quality windows and insulation. Windows can cover 15-20% of your home; because of this, higher quality windows can save you an average of 25-50% on your energy consumption.
Over the past few years, Canada has made a major push towards more eco-friendly and energy-efficient lifestyles. To help with this resolve, Minister Shannon Phillips announced a new rebate program in 2017.
To help homeowners seeking to improve their energy efficiency handle the cost of anything from replacement windows to improving insulation, Energy Efficiency Alberta provides provincial government rebates. Qualifying repairs include installing triple-glazed windows, replacing a hot water heater, and upgrading insulation. Rebates can be up to $3500!
You Can Improve the Look, Feel, and Value of Your Home
While aesthetics aren’t the only reason to upgrade your windows, they certainly add to the allure and curb appeal of your home. This simple yet effective upgrade can improve the value of your home by increasing its energy efficiency and upgrading how it looks both inside and out.
For most homes, replacing old windows is the right step. If you have any questions about the process or would like more advice, check out the experts at Window Mart. They can help you make the best decisions for your home.
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