Replacing your windows is a big move, and one that most people need to think about and save up for. So, how do you know when it’s the right time to replace?
Why Should You Replace Your Windows?
There are several benefits to replacing your windows, so finally deciding to take on this home improvement project can be a good thing for the following reasons:
1. Window Insulation
Drafty windows result in higher heating and A/C bills and reduced comfort in your home. If you have single paned windows, then upgrading to dual panes can give a 15% increase in efficiency on its own (even more with NEWPRO’s Energy Efficient triple pane windows!). In places like our lovely New England with four distinct seasons, it’s even more important to have properly insulated and energy efficient windows.
2. Reduce Noise
Old windows tend to rattle in the wind and old single pane windows have very poor noise reduction qualities. This can be a problem, especially at night, and can cause sleep disturbances and can even affect your overall mood, health, and wellbeing.
3. Improve Your Home’s Curb appeal
Old windows simply look unattractive and negatively impact the aesthetics of your home. In fact, not only do new windows improve your home’s curb appeal, but this can also increase the value of your home by almost as much as replacement windows cost (especially trusted NEWPRO windows!) – as much as an 80% ROI, which is higher than most other home improvements. If you switch to dual or triple panes you can also ditch those ugly storm windows. Quick Tip: Make sure your new windows match well with the style of your home.
4. Easier Cleaning
New windows, especially NEWPRO’s double-hung replacement windows, have a tilt-in feature which allows for easy and safe cleaning. You’re able to tilt and rotate each pane towards the inside of your house which will save you time, plus it’s much safer to clean your windows from inside rather than heading outside, hauling out a ladder and a hose, and moving your cleaning supplies all
around the perimeter of your home. Instead, clean one side of the window, tilt it in, and clean the other side all at once. Forget spring cleaning – it’ll be easy to keep your windows sparkling all year round!
5. Upgrade Your Window Frame Material to More Durable Composite Options
If you live in a coastal area, the salt spray that comes with every storm can cause damage to wooden window frames. In many cases, you might want to consider replacing with extremely durable composite frame windows, which are far more resistant to the kind of damage related to wood and traditional vinyl. Composite engineered frames, like NEWPRO’s Celuca™ are also a great bet and will last a very long time outperforming traditional vinyl and wood in our unpredictable New England weather.
When Should You Replace Your Windows?
Here are some signs that your windows need to be replaced:
1. Damaged or broken windows.
If your windows can’t be repaired or would require extremely costly repairs, it may be time to replace your windows. This includes windows that still function but tend to fog up, stick when opening or closing, or unsafely slam shut.
2. Your energy bills are creeping up.
This is a good reason to check your windows for drafts as they may be the culprit. You should also check your windows after a Nor’easter or other major New England storm. Sudden temperature changes can sometimes be the last “straw” for already old wooden frames. When you’re facing hot Summers and cold Winters end-capped by short Springs and Autumns, your windows are on the frontlines of energy efficiency.
3. You want to improve or change the appearance of your home.
Maybe you never really liked the windows when you moved in. Maybe you want to get rid of storm windows by adding double or triple glazing, or simply to improve your home’s curb appeal. Or, you could be in a historic home and somebody added windows that don’t match the overall décor of your home and you’d like to adapt the appearance back to the way it was. Or perhaps you’d like to upgrade the quality of your windows by adding more glass and less frame for better light and viewing (like with NEWPROMax Series Windows!).
4. Your windows have lead paint.
If your windows were put in before 1960 and are single-paned, you should have them checked for lead paint. Opening and closing the sash can release lead dust into the air resulting in an unhealthy and unsafe living space. Make sure your contractor is aware of the lead so they can take proper precautions when replacing the windows.
If you’re looking into replacing your windows, NEWPRO is the most trusted window replacement specialist in New England, with over 75 years of experience offering and installing the best windows for New England’s unpredictable, four-season weather. Call NEWPRO today!