Top 7 Benefits of Replacing Old Windows

Posted by WD Showplace on Jul 26, 2022 2:44:44 PM
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Replacing Old Windows

Many people don’t really think about replacing their windows until they become a problem. Cracking frames, worn-out seals, condensation, drafts, and damage from excessive UV rays are all signs that your windows are well overdue to be replaced. How often should you replace your windows? Well, the lifespan of windows is between 15 and 25 years. 

Newer models are more energy efficient, keeping the temperature in your home more comfortable. What are the other top benefits of new windows?

1. More Energy Efficiency Saves You Money

Older windows simply can’t compete with new windows. Quality new windows will have better energy efficiency than older windows, so there are benefits with new windows regardless. However, windows that are rated for energy efficiency are an extra investment worth making. Over time, these windows will pay for themselves. Your HVAC system, and your wallet, will thank you. 

So, what makes a window energy efficient? Well, there are several issues that an energy-efficient window addresses. An energy-efficient window will have a low U-factor, a Low-E coating, and a Solar Heat Gain Coefficient on the lower end. All this means is the windows will keep out UV rays, reduce heat transfer, and keep conditioned air in your home.  

Changing old windows out for new energy-efficient windows will also save you on the added cost of maintenance and repairs. Condensation that builds up on older windows because they’re single panes will create mold issues, deteriorate the window casing, and cause the seal to crack over time. 

2. New Windows Can Save Your Furniture

Have you ever noticed that furniture near a window will have to fade on the side facing the window? It’s most obvious on upholstered furniture but will happen with wood furniture as well. Even rugs, drapes, art, and floors will fade over time. 

That fading happens because of the UV rays that pass easily through older windows. New, energy-efficient windows have a special coating that blocks the sun’s harmful UV rays from damaging your furniture while still letting in natural light. It’s essentially sunscreen for your home. 

3. Replace Old Windows to Make Your Home More Comfortable

With older windows, you’ve likely felt the draft of cold air during the winter. During the summer, your HVAC is probably running overtime. 

As it’s already been mentioned that new windows are simply better at reducing heat transference. They will keep the cold air and hot air where they both belong, reducing how often your HVAC will have to run to keep your home comfortable, no matter the weather outside. 

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4. Boost Curb Appeal From the Outside

It’s often said the windows are the eyes of the home. We also all know that when your eyes look tired, that’s all people can focus on, unfortunately. Windows that are clearly older and starting to crack or separate from their casing will make what could be a charming older home appear run down and neglected

You might wonder if it’s worth putting new windows on an old house if the windows won’t match and could look awkward. Well, it depends on the windows you choose. The good news is that there are new windows on the market that replicate the style and charm of older homes, giving you all the benefits of new windows while retaining the aesthetic of your classic home.

5. Boost Couch Appeal From the Inside

Just as older windows can make the exterior of your home look drab, the impression will be the same from inside your home. Cracking frames, splitting mullions and muntins, and pooling condensation isn’t a pretty sight. 

Some homeowners hang onto their old wooden windows because of the historic appeal. Did you know that new windows made from engineered wood will have the same appeal? Really! They can even be painted and stained like solid wood. Also, even though it’s engineered wood, you’ll have the low-maintenance appeal of an inorganic material. This means no moisture absorption, no molding, and no deterioration. Just beautiful, tasteful windows.

Another benefit of new windows you’ll enjoy from your couch? Better soundproofing. Because older windows are typically single-paned and have worn-out seals, you hear every noise as if you’re standing outside. Multi-paned new windows fitted and sealed custom to your home reduce sound, making your home quieter.  

6. Replace Old Windows With New Styles

So many different styles are available that simply replacing your windows with the same ol’ same ol’ might feel like a wasted opportunity. Each room of your home has a different purpose, so why would they all have the same windows? Your kitchen, for example, is a great place to install an awning window. These windows are hinged at the top and open outwardly, providing needed ventilation even when it’s raining. 

7. Increase the Value of Your Home

The boost in curb appeal new windows will give your home will increase your home’s overall value, as well. This is especially important if you’re considering selling your home in the future. Buyers know the risk of old windows and the impact it will have on their energy bills, especially younger buyers who may not have the time or funds to make those types of renovations when they purchase a home.  

The return on investment (ROI) you’ll receive from replacing worn-out windows can reach 75%, making it one of the most valuable improvements you can make when it comes to your home’s resale value. 

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Ready to Learn More About What You Can Gain From Replacing Old Windows?

New windows are worth the investment to improve so many things about your home and your life in it. With so many different styles, functions, colors, and materials to choose from, you’ll want to depend on the experts.

Window and Door Showplace in Northern Virginia has been a go-to window expert for years. In fact, the team at Window and Door Showplace has an incredible combined 470 years of experience! So, when you’re ready to discuss your options and what would work best for your home, get in touch and we’ll be more than happy to set up a consultation


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