When it comes to home renovations, most people’s minds go to glamorous updates like kitchen and bathroom remodels, but ignore updates essential to the home’s looks and efficiency. Replacement windows are the unsung hero of home renovations, and in this blog we will provide 5 reasons why replacement windows should be your next home renovation project.
1. Increase the Efficiency of Your Home
Have your utility bills been high recently? Are your friends shocked when they hear what you are paying for your electric or gas bill? Replacing the outdated single-pane windows in your home with energy efficient windows could be the solution to your problems. The US Department of Energy states that heat gain and heat loss through windows are responsible for 25%-30% of residential heating and cooling use. They also state that homeowners will save between $125 and $465 by replacing single-pane windows with energy efficient windows.
At E&E our thorough installation process seals all potential draft points and keeps our customers’ homes fully insulated.
2. Boost the Value of Your Home
Some homeowners may balk at window replacement cost, but the increase in home value can greatly offset the initial investment. Most homeowners can expect to see an 85% return on their investment when they choose to update their windows. That means if the vinyl window replacement costs $10,000, they can expect their home value to increase by $8,500.
This increase in value along with the monthly savings on your utility bill can cover a large percentage of the cost, and even allow the windows to pay for themselves.
3. Cut Down on Outside Noise
Replacement windows can also decrease the amount of outside noise coming into your home.
Most homeowners report a 65%-85% decrease in exterior noise when vinyl replacement windows are installed.
At E&E Contracting we use Provia Windows, and their website states how much quieter houses can become after window replacement. Your home should be a quiet refuge, and vinyl replacement windows can help you achieve that.
4. Increase Your Curb Appeal
Replacement windows can also allow you to get creative and improve the aesthetics of your home. Many homeowners update their paint and trim color before the windows are replaced, leaving mismatched colors. Vinyl replacement windows are available in dozens of colors to accent your home’s color scheme perfectly, and you can also get creative with different pane styles.
Many of the homeowners we work with also update their window trim during the window replacement process. Windows are often a focal point of the home, and a window replacement offers homeowners the opportunity to give their exterior a facelift at a lower cost than most other exterior projects. Check out our process and some example projects on our website.
5. Improve the Safety of Your Home
Modern replacement windows go above and beyond the aesthetics and efficiency of your home and can provide a safer and more secure environment for your families. The FBI reports that there were over a million burglaries in 2019, 25% of which were accomplished through windows. As you are searching for your replacement windows be sure to pay attention to the different options and safety specifications for each brand you consider.
Impact Resistant Windows
Impact resistant windows are designed to reduce the likelihood of being breached by a forceful impact. Impact resistant windows are reinforced by a layer of polyvinyl butyral, resulting in a strong laminated glass product that can withstand impacts that would normally break through into your home. The window is further reinforced with a layer of tempered glass that is 4-5 times stronger than traditional window glass.
This window upgrade is very popular in hurricane intensive areas, but has become increasingly popular for burglary prevention. When the window is hit with a forceful impact the outer layer breaks into small circular pieces to reveal the laminate portion of the window that still protects your home.
Casement windows are hinged at the side of the window frame and swing open with the turn of a handle. They have hand operated hook shaped locks that are a core component of the window frame, making them extremely difficult to break.
At E&E Contracting, we work with top window manufacturers to ensure that our replacement windows satisfy all the needs of our customers. Contact us today for a complimentary replacement window quote!