Some homeowners who are interested in maintaining the classic look of their homes are reluctant to opt for new windows. We get it. Older homes and fixer-uppers can be beautiful with a classic charm. Others are simply not interested in replacing what isn’t broken. It’s true, that with proper care and a bit of luck, old windows can last for a very long time.

However, many modern window fixtures mimic old styles, so you can have a high functioning window with a classic look that enhances the charm of your home. We recommend that you get your windows inspected every-so-often. A professional will notice issues you won’t. And a window that isn’t “broken” might still be causing major problems.

Here are 5 reasons why you should look into upgrading your windows.

1. Replacement Can Be the Easier Option

When a window cracks or the frame warps, some homeowners are inclined to tape up the damage or refrain from using the window for extended periods of time. Although you might still have a technically functioning window after a quick fix, it isn’t necessarily working the way it should. Cracks and warps can cause drafts or let in moisture, even if you do your best to seal the gaps.

Windows do not need to be purchased in full sets. Replacing one broken window in your home doesn’t mean that you have to replace them all. Stop dealing with the frustration of broken glass or windows that can’t be opened.

2. You Can Save Money

Save money by purchasing new windows? What? If windows aren’t broken, homeowners may choose to wait to upgrade their windows in order to save money on materials and installation. The reality is, you’re already spending more money on energy bills with old windows that let in outside drafts. If you find that it’s difficult to keep your home warm in the winter and cool in the summer, your windows might be forcing you to keep central heating or AC on for longer than you need it. This adds a lot of wear and tear to your heating/cooling system as well.

ENERGY STAR certified products have helped American homeowners save $16 billion in their utility costs alone. If you are upgrading from single-pane windows to ENERGY STAR-qualified products, you can save between $126 and $465 each year per their estimates. You can also take advantage of federal tax credits designed to help offset some of your costs. For the 2018 tax year, you can receive credits for up to 10% of the cost up to a maximum of $200 for qualifying ENERGY STAR windows.

“Windows, doors and skylights protect you from the elements just like a winter coat. But like a winter coat, you should pick the ones that make the most sense for your climate. While some are better at keeping you warm, others excel at keeping you cool.” – ENERGY STAR suggests

3. Improved Security

After years of wear and tear, windows degrade like anything else. The latches, in particular, can rust over time or become stripped and easy to break through. Intruders are able to recognize older windows and are more likely to target them because they are easy to break into.

New windows have extra secure latches and are often sealed more tightly than older windows. Sealants loosen over time, frames warp, etc. New windows mean a more secure home overall.

4. Great for Resale

If you’re selling your home, trading outdated windows for new ones can greatly increase the value of your home. With viewings, it’s all about the first impression, and buyers are always look at windows, whether they realize it or not. If you’ve already upgraded the windows, buyers will see that as one less thing they have to do after purchasing the home. Attractive windows also enhance a home’s curb appeal, and a unique fixture like a bay window or picture windows can be a major selling point.

5. Old Regulations and New Regulations

Most modern windows are vinyl and come in a variety of finishes. According to consumer reports, “Lead-based paint was banned after 1978 and is especially common in homes built prior to 1960. Single-­pane windows are a real concern because the friction of opening and closing the sashes can release lead dust and result in lead poisoning in children.”

In some cases, you can strip very old windows and repaint them, but the safest option is to replace them completely. Not only does this remove the problem from your home, but you don’t endanger yourself or a technician with lead-paint dust.

Additional Resource

Check out this very well detailed article Replacing Windows: Why, When, and How from Home Tips for Women™

In conclusion

If you’ve been debating whether or not it’s time to replace your old windows, it’s probably time. For more reasons to upgrade now, contact us or find a contractor to help.

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