Repairing vs Replacing Your Windows
2015/09/12 - Replacing your windows can bring value to your home. Advancements are continually being made in the energy efficiency, this can save you money as a a tax deduction ( see your tax professional for more details) as well as on your utility bill. Upgrading to modern windows can also bring added value when you choose to sell your home.
Did you know that windows can be responsible for 40-50% of the heat loss that occurs in a home? Low-E coatings are applied to the glass, the Low-e coating helps to keep the warm air in and the cold air out, and the summer heat out as well. Wikipedia defines Low-E as the following: Low emissivity (low e or low thermal emissivity) refers to a surface condition that emits low levels of radiant thermal (heat) energy. All materials absorb, reflect and emit radiant energy, but here, the primary concern is a special wavelength interval of radiant energy, namely thermal radiation of materials with temperatures approximately between 40 to 60 degrees Celsius.
Windows are filled with Krypton or Argon. This adds insulating properties to the windows. Typically these windows have ratings on them to let you know how efficient they are. (The lower the number the better the protection. )
Replacement windows come in double and triple panes. This adds to the efficiency these windows provide. As an added bonus, it also is a deterrent to break-ins, because the windows are harder to break.
The following are all good indicators that you need to consider hiring a window replacement contractor.
- If you have single pane windows,
- are experiencing draftiness around your windows
- if your house seems noisier than it should be
- if you have frost or condensation on the inside of the glass,
- they seem inoperable
- are breaking or rotting
- if you can visibly see through cracks around the window
Windows can be replaced year-round. Most manufacturers offer limited labor warranties with their products, however installation warranties are provided by the individual contractor. It is important to make sure when you select a window replacement company that you go with someone who is licensed, bonded and insured to work in your area and has plenty of experience with installing new windows.