There are many benefits to getting new or replacement windows installed in your home.
Beyond the value that they can add to your home’s overall look and feel, new or replacement windows will also enhance its performance and can have a substantially positive effect on your real estate value.
New windows can translate into big savings on energy bills, enhanced curb appeal and even reduced maintenance costs.
That’s right. Though it may require an investment upfront, replacement windows can sometimes pay for themselves in the long run.
Here are 3 ways that new or replacement windows might be able to save you money:
1. Energy Bills
- When it comes to energy efficiency, new windows simply perform better than those of the past. New technology in replacement window manufacturing has led to more advanced products that can insulate your home better than ever. Most importantly, better insulation means spending less money on heat and air conditioning. In fact, the U.S. Energy Department estimates that the right window can reduce your energy bills by up to 20% annually.
- There are a few different mechanics at play that make newer windows so efficient. First, many replacement windows are made from superior materials such as fiberglass, which helps stabilize the temperature inside your home. Second, lots of newer windows feature double-pane glass, meaning they have two glass panels with special gases squeezed in between. Finally, new UV coatings are often applied to the glass to allow in natural light without letting ultraviolet rays overheat your home.
2. Curb Appeal
- It should come as no surprise that homes with higher curb appeal command higher prices in the real estate market. After all, everyone wants to live in a beautiful home that they can feel good about. Since windows are one of the most visible aspects of every home, they also play a unique role in dictating curb appeal.
- Even if you are not planning on selling your house anytime soon, investing in replacement windows is sure to pay off in the long run. Nowadays, most homebuyers appreciate the importance of new windows and understand it can save them money on their utility bills.
- For homeowners who decide to seek out replacement windows, aluminum clad, vinyl and fiberglass are some of the most popular materials. That’s because aluminum clad, vinyl and fiberglass windows are as close to an “install and forget” window as possible’, requiring little to no maintenance.
- Unlike other materials, vinyl and fiberglass windows require no repainting and are easy to clean. They’re also durable, resistant to decay and able to withstand elements, including heavy wind, impact from hail and excessive moisture. So you can say goodbye to expensive recoats. Say hello to vinyl and fiberglass.