Your home is perhaps one of the largest assets in your personal wealth. Taking care and maintaining your investment now will pay off in the future when it is resold. Whether you intend on passing it on to your children or if it’s in your financial plans to move for retirement, you will see immediate benefits and can expect to see positives in the future as well. Also, if you’re concerned about the environment, the less energy used, the lower your carbon footprint.
Save in energy costs
Regardless of where you live, some utilities will go to cooling, heating, or even both in some cases. You can save a fraction of your bills each month, and over time, the savings add up. Depending on your circumstances, if you prefer to keep the original windows for historical value, you may choose to replace the insert only.
Replacing the glass means you can keep the external housing, and it won’t affect the appearance of the windows. The installation may be simple enough for inexperienced homeowners to do themselves.
If the frame itself is damaged, it may not be very effective at protecting your house from moisture. Rainwater or snow melt may enter your home and introduce problems to the structure. It may even promote the growth of mould, which is harmful to personal health. When considering how heat escapes or enters, a trim that’s not air-tight or good at insulating will contribute to the leak. Of course, replacing entire windows is much more expensive than the glass alone.
Different features, different costs
There are a number of different technologies available in the market for windows:
- a variety of glazes and films for insulation
- coatings, which are different from glazes
- a limited number of gases and gas mixes exist for shoppers
Curb appeal is everything
A common way to upgrade older houses without extensive remodelling is to simply redo the facade. For houses that face the street in one direction, that will be the most important side of the home. For houses that rest on the corner of a block, or face the street at an unusual angle, you may want to strategize how to give your home a boost in its outer appearance. Some of the styles and features that are frequently chosen are double hung windows, mullions, double pan windows, casements, and tilt-out windows.