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Replacement Windows for Your Home

Replacement Windows for Your Home

Why you don’t want to replace your homes windows. 

The only good reason to leave your homes windows alone is that they are brand new. 

Updating your windows has benefits. Sure, it’s one of the most expensive upgrades your home will receive, however, it’s one of the upgrades that’s most likely to pay off in the long run. 

Almost anywhere you look, replacement windows are always in at least the top 10 home improvement projects that end up pretty much paying for themselves. 

Yes there are variables, depending on when you plan on selling, or if you’re going to be living where you are for a while. 

Let’s look at some ways that replacement windows actually benefit you. 

 
When to Buy Replacement Windows

The biggest reason to consider replacement windows might be safety. 

We’ve all lived in, or been in at least one house that had at least one window didn’t lock. 

Damage to the frame itself, whether it’s warped or broken, often leads to water damage. Water damage around your old windows can lead to costly repairs, including mold mediation. 

The other potential risk is injury. Broken glass lodged in old window frames creates an opportunity for serious cuts to occur. ER visits are expensive and can easily surpass the cost of replacement windows. 

 
Installing replacement windows can save you money. 

Homeowners might care about “the Benjamin’s” more than non-owners. In the long run, upgrading outdated single-pane windows and replacing with energy-efficient replacement windows means more money in the bank. Or vacation fund. 

Some reports suggest that homeowners can save 10-25% on their homes energy bills, simply by replacing drafty windows. 

Heat flows away from its source towards the cold until it achieves equilibrium. Remember being yelled at for leaving the door open? “We aren’t heating the whole neighborhood!!” Sounds familiar doesn’t it?

Well as it turns out mom and dad were right. Losing warm air during the cold months means your furnace will run more frequently trying to keep up with the heat loss. 

 
Home makeover project: replacement windows. 

From the outside or the inside – windows play a huge role in the way your home looks. 

A bay window in the living room opens everything up and allows more sunlight in. 

A sliding glass door to the backyard means muddy kids and dogs won’t trip over each other, bringing the mess inside. 

And isn’t there something majestic about walking through a sliding glass door with a cup of coffee in the morning? As long as it slides smoothly and doesn’t squeal that is. 

What we’re saying is: windows and doors are a prominent feature in your home. There are varying opinions on whether or not new windows will improve the resale value of your home, but they might help you sell faster. 

And we can’t forget – it sure is easier to clean the outside of newer windows! 

If you’re considering upgrading your home and trading your old single-pane windows for an energy-efficient replacement, contact us. Feel free to give us a call or send us an email. 

Wilson Residential Construction Services is proud to serve the Quad Cities and surrounding areas. 

 
FAQ’s

Which replacement windows are rated the best?

  • The best residential window replacement is the one you love. There are many styles and brands to choose from. 
  • The most important factor is the glass package you choose. Dual and triple pane glass lend towards higher savings, but also increase the overall cost. 
  • Argon or Krypton gas affects thermal efficiency.  
  • Low-e glass determines the amount of heat transfer in the home. This is great during summer, where the low-e glass reflects heat away from the house, reversing its powers in the wintertime by allowing sunlight to provide heat inside the home. 

Are window replacements expensive?

Most homeowners spend between $3000 and $10,000 on window upgrades. There are a lot of variables that a cost calculator won’t include. If you’re interested in a quote, let’s talk!

Are replacement windows worth the cost?

That depends – are you planning on selling? If you are how soon? New replacement windows don’t always significantly increase resale value, but they can help sell a house faster.

If you plan on living there for a while, the benefits come in cost reduction on heating and cooling bills. 

Can I DIY window replacements?

You can, but depending on your skill level it might not be a great idea. Replacement windows need to be installed correctly to work right and prevent causing damage down the road due to leaks. 

What is insulated glass?

Insulated glass units have three main components. 

  • The glass itself is usually 2 or 3 panes. 
  • Insulated windows use either Argon or Krypton gas. 
  • Low-e coatings are optional and help increase the efficiency of insulated windows.

About the Blog

From home DIY projects to upping curb appeal and the best home renovation projects to increase your home’s resale value. Wilson Residential Construction wants to be your GO TO hub for information on residential construction in the Quad Cities! Stay tuned for more!

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