Is window replacement worth the cost?

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When is window replacement needed?

Here in Texas, after that snow-apocalypse of 2021 and the sweltering summers we have, it is all about insulating our homes, inside, outside, on top, and underneath!  But did you know as much cold and hot air is going through the windows as through the attic? Does window replacement make a difference? Yes, a window replacement with energy-efficient windows will cost upfront, but the savings will pay that back quickly! 

Why is window replacement important?

Window replacement is one of the best home improvements you can do to your home. The following benefits are an important features to consider when investing in your home with upgrades: 

1. Energy Costs Reduced

Nobody likes skyrocketing energy bills, and a window replacement job can reduce your cooling and heating cost by as much as 30 percent. Why? Because the thermostat won’t be constantly adjusted to cool or heat the house. It also saves you money because you won’t be wearing your HVAC unit out faster too!

2. Secure Your Home

Yes, a window replacement is essential in keeping your family safe and providing a peace of mind. With better window technology today, keeping intruders out is as much a feature as keeping the UV rays out.  And with the film they build into the windows days, should a window get broken, it splinters into small pieces, instead of shattering in big shards.

3. Curb Appeal

While a window replacement is a large investment, because windows are one of the most visible features of a house, it can improve the curb appeal. There is a variety of colors, materials, and styles today that will improve any home’s aesthetics and give your home a new visual interest too. Realtors and home builders will tell you that a window replacement job will add value to your home should you decide to sell. Buyers are always looking for homes that offer energy efficiency. 

4. Comfort 

All these benefits we’ve mentioned will also make your family feel safer and more comfortable. This is the place where you make the important memories and with the more natural lighting and noise reduction that new window replacements offer, you’ll be glad you made the investment. 

5. Less maintenance

With new window replacement, the maintenance of cleaning and painting are gone! This leaves you time to simply enjoy looking out your windows. 

How do you know when you need to replace windows?

If you are experiencing any of the following, it is time to look into window replacements: 

  1. Windows are opening and closing as they should. 
  2. Cold air drafts in the winter making it uncomfortable and causing the heat to run more. 
  3. The outdoor noises are getting louder every day.
  4. The curb appeal is old and outdated, the house looks tired.
  5. You have as many or more damaged windows as you do good windows.

Should I replace all my windows at once?

It is recommended to do them all at once, but you can do one at a time or a section of the house at one time. It is your financial choice, but yes, it is recommended having all the window replacements at one time is the better option if possible. 

What does window replacement cost?

New window replacement will have a high return rate! The more energy efficiency level of windows you choose, the higher the ROI. According to remodeling experts, the Cost vs. Value with an upscale vinyl window replacement has over 70% return! A kitchen remodel is just over 60% and a new deck is less than 70% ROI. 

Is window replacement tax deductible?

And another win for window replacement! Go with an EnergyStar-rated window replacement and you’ll be eligible for a tax credit, even if you must do one window at a time. 

Is window replacement messy?

It isn’t the neatest job.  A replacement window installation will be messy, but by choosing the right contractor and taking some precautions yourself, it doesn’t have to be as messy.  There will be hammering, painting, and sanding being done – possibly even some drywall work. An experienced and professional contractor will clean as they go through, and then do a walk-around after the window replacement job is complete. 

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Concluding

Should you go with a window replacement vs repair? If you have wood-framed windows, the cost of repairing or replacing certain parts will be more expensive than a new window replacement. When deciding between a new window replacement vs glass replacement, again, consider the condition of the frame. If you have wood, a new window replacement will be the better choice.