Enhance your Home
New windows can enhance the look of your home and make it quieter and safer in the event of storms. New windows are easier to clean and maintain than old windows that combine screens and storm windows. But when it comes to justifications, don’t listen to the manufacturer’s advertising. Saving money on your energy bill is not the reason to replace your windows—it could take decades to recoup your investment. Using Energy Star-qualified windows can lower your energy bill, but it should not be the only reason that you invest in new windows.
Materials and Types
SInce the complete Home Window Replacement in Phoenix AZ of 10 windows can easily cost $1,000 to $1,500 per window its a good idea to learn which materials, types, and featuresare most important to consider. Also because of custom measurements its not uncommon for window replacement to take four to eight weeks to complete from the date of measurement.
As your grandparents would tell you, the solid wood products sold today do not stand up as well to the elements as the wood used 50 or 100 years ago, mostly because the lumber is farmed quickly rather than naturally grown slowly. So, to avoid seeing your new windows rot, you’ll want to consider an alternative to solid wood. When performing Home Window Replacement in Phoenix AZ vinyl windows are the most affordable, or you can get real wood windows covered on the exterior by an aluminum skin or cladding. The cladding comes factory painted in your color of choice, and that finish is guaranteed for 20 years—a good three to four times longer than exterior paint applied to solid wood windows. You’ll pay about 15% to 20% percent more for aluminum-clad than unclad wood.
Just because your old windows are drafty, rattly, or won’t stay open doesn’t mean you have to replace them. A good handyman or carpenter can free up painted-shut upper sash, replace broken panes, sash cords, hardware, and glazing (the putty that holds the glass in place); and add weather-stripping. That kind of overhaul typically runs $100 to $350 per window, and by the time you’re finished, the old windows may wind up nearly as efficient as brand new ones. Besides, some old houses have beautiful windows that are well worth keeping.
Match the Architecture
Homeowners get about 73% of their replacement window investment back when they resell the house, according to the National Association of Realtors’ 2016 Cost Versus Value study. Choose the wrong windows, though, and replacements can actualy hurt your value. Original wood windows are important architectural features, replace them with a downscale product, and you downscale the house. Make sure to match the look of the original windows—using wood rather than vinyl to replace existing wood and matching the divided light pattern (the number of panes in each window) from the originals.