Of the many home improvement projects that beautify and upgrade your home, consider replacing home windows, which increase curb appeal and property value. Quality windows are available in a variety of styles, colors and designs that are built to blend in and compliment your home’s exterior and architectural style.
If you’re considering replacing windows as your next home improvement project, the following benefits can help you make the best decision for your home.
Tips for Choosing New Replacement Windows for Your Home
- Windows that aren’t installed properly, are out of warranty or have deteriorated due to material type or harsh weather have a negative impact on energy costs.
- Choose the right window material, such as fiberglass, which provides greater durability and a long lifespan. Unlike wood, which is susceptible to absorbing moisture that leads to rot, fiberglass windows do not have these deteriorating and destructive problems.
- Wood-framed windows are a delectable treat for termites and they experience problems with temperature changes. During the cold months, the material contracts. During hotter months, it expands. These changes lead to a failure of the window’s seals. These openings allow hot and cold air to pass through, making the windows less energy efficient.
- Select windows with a Low-E (low-emissivity) coatings. This coating serves as a reflector to keep heat in when it’s needed and out when it’s not.
- Choose windows with a low U-factor, which results in a more efficient window due to low heat transference from the outside to your home’s interior.
- Solar Heat Gain Coefficient (SHGC) is another consideration when selecting windows. Look for windows with a low SHGC as it measures the amount of heat the sun generates in your home.
Look for windows with a low SHGC. The lower a window’s solar heat gain coefficient, the less solar heat it transmits.
For noise reduction, choose double-pane windows. Air or gas is inserted between the two panes, which serves as an insulator against noise.
- To block ultraviolet rays (UV) and avoid glare, you can have LOW E applied. The coating helps prevent damage to fabrics and fading of furniture, carpets, and window treatments.
- Treatments to the glass panes is another option. This process can include adding a frosted treatment to the glass, providing more privacy.
- For added security against inclement weather or burglars, select laminated glass for your new windows.
- An energy-efficient home due to upgrades such as window replacements typically results in a positive selling point for potential buyers.
- Having new home windows installed is a positive enhancement to your home’s curb appeal. Whether you choose a classic or traditional style, or you want to change the exterior look entirely, there are several window options to choose from. These include bay, double-hung, tilt-turn, specialty shapes, sliding, wood grain, decorative and fixed windows to name a few.
- When you replace old windows with new energy-efficient styles that require little maintenance, the value of your property may increase.