A few weeks ago, I shared with you 7 Ways to Identify When to Replace Windows & Doors. If you missed the post, be sure to check it out and learn what to look for. With winter right around the corner, now is a great time to be thinking about the maintenance, condition, and appearance of your windows and doors. We all know that new windows and doors are an investment, and you might be wondering if the cost is really worth it. Aren’t there sexier ways to spend your home improvement money? But did you know that replacing your windows and doors can yield some of the highest returns on your real estate dollar, improve the cost efficiency of your home, and create a fast and affordable home makeover? Let’s explore 5 benefits of window and door replacement!
1. Affordable and Fast Home Makeover
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I know I should probably start with the practical benefits of window and door replacement, but I’m more of a “dessert first” kind of girl. Compared to the price of many home renovation options, updating your windows and doors is an affordable way to transform both the exterior and interior of your home in one fell swoop. The myriads of choices available by Pella® for customizing the appearance of your windows and doors is inspiring. All of the different finishes, grilles, hardware, trim, and glass options give you the tools necessary to create the home of your dreams. And as an added bonus, window and door replacement boosts your home’s resale value! Home improvement research shows that efficient windows and doors consistently rank at the top of the list for having the highest long-term ROI for homeowners.
2. Lower Energy Bills
Replacing your windows and doors is one of the wisest and most cost effective home improvements you can make. Well-insulated windows properly protect your home from the elements and keep your home more comfortable all year long. Energy efficient windows insulate your home for the winter, decrease air conditioning use in the summer, and eliminate overall uneven heating and cooling throughout your home. According to industry experts, new windows can help you save between 7-15% on energy costs each year and reduce your thermal footprint. New windows and doors will give you more money in your pocket, a more comfortable home environment, and a cleaner earth!
3. Reduce Noise
Correctly installed, high quality windows and doors will reduce outside noise and increase your home’s privacy. I live in the city in a “twin” rowhouse and have found that well-insulated windows in an urban setting are a non-negotiable must! Guests in our home often remark on how unexpectedly quiet it is inside our home. Although our neighbors are a literal stone’s throw in every direction, our closed windows and doors properly screen out noise pollution.
4. Reduce Fading
When we were in the process of flipping our home, I really wanted to keep a window in our master bedroom closet. However, I was concerned about the sunlight fading my clothing over time.Pella® offers several different types of glass options capable of blocking most of the sun’s harmful ultaviolet rays. You can find a glass option to suite the climate you live in as well as your personal needs.
5. Control Light, View, & Privacy
Increasing the amount of light your home receives, taking advantage of your view, and controlling your home’s privacy are fundamental functions of your windows and doors. My mom lives in a breathtaking Victorian home on the water and due to years of tropical storm damage she recently needed to replace several windows on the front of her home. My mom turned to Pella® for her custom window needs and decided to increase her light and view by choosing a fixed window from their Architect Series. Her view was beautiful before, but the new windows create a view that is truly outstanding! The picture of her home (above) was actually taken before the new windows were installed. It’s hard to believe looking at the picture that it could get any better, but it can! I’ll be sharing more in an upcoming post on my mom’s window makeover with the full before and after pictures, so stay tuned.
If you are thinking about updating your windows or doors, feel free to visit Pella® and take advantage of their support center. They are available to answer any questions you might have.