If you’re looking for a smart way to improve the value of your home when you try to sell it, as well as make it much more comfortable and inviting while you live there, one idea you should certainly give strong consideration to is replacing your old windows.
In addition to being functionally obsolete and cosmetically unattractive, those old windows are actually making your home colder in the winter and hotter in the summer. Here in Northern Ohio, we know just how extreme the temperatures can often get. What’s more, drafty old windows can add to your gas and electric bills like you wouldn’t believe. They often account for roughly 30 to 40 percent of heat loss in the winter, and even more heat gain during the summer months. Installing Energy Star-certified new windows can often cut those energy bills by nearly 50 percent, in many cases. Replacing your windows also makes your home a much more comfortable place in which to spend time.
Just in case you’re wondering how energy efficiency is measured, here goes: The four key elements of energy efficient windows are: U-Factor, Solar Heat Gain Coefficient, Visible Transmittance, and Air-Infiltration Rate. U-Factor is a measurement of how well a product prevents heat from escaping. The lower its number, the more the window will help reduce energy bills. Windows which have a U-Factor lower than 0.30 are considered excellent. Solar Heat Gain Coefficient is the measurement for how well a product blocks heat generated by sunlight. The smaller the number, the more it will help lower air conditioning bills. Windows with a SHGF under 0.30 are considered to be excellent. Visible Transmittance is a metric for how much light comes through a product. The closer to 1, the greater the amount of light transmitted. Air-Infiltration Rate concerns how much air seeps through window cracks and is measured in cubic feet of air penetrating one square foot of window surface per minute.
Old windows can also become a maintenance nightmare as time goes on, with seemingly constant painting, puttying, and caulking. Often, they’re difficult (if not downright impossible) to open and close because of the umpteen coats of paint that have been applied to the frames over the years, warping, and/or the hardware is broken or missing.
Your existing windows can also make your home look old, dated, even dilapidated, especially if any of the panes are cracked, clouded, chipped, or paint-streaked. They can even become a safety and security concern.
Adding new Energy Star-certified windows to your home not only make it more attractive and comfortable, they also make it more inviting to potential buyers, and are a simple, excellent way to goose up the “curb appeal.” A 2009 research survey conducted by Home Improvement magazine showed that new windows typically return between 85 and 90 percent of their original investment at the closing table. This is among the highest rates of return for remodeling projects.
In addition, some Energy Star-rated replacement windows also qualify for federal rebate programs for saving energy, and may even qualify for low-interest loans and other incentives offered by your local utility.
Because of different exposure to sunlight and other weather factors, windows on one side of your home can actually age at a much faster rate than on the other three.
Whether you replace one window, the windows on one side of your house, or every window on your property, Master Renovations will do the job right, and will be more than happy to provide a free estimate.