Replacing the windows in your home is not a small renovation job. In fact, replacing the windows in your home requires extensive construction. There are also a number of other factors to consider, so that you don’t find yourself making any costly mistakes. When it comes to replacing the windows in your home, those mistakes could also take a toll on your available free time -Â let alone your wallet. However, if you live in an older home and want to increase energy efficiency, or if you want to raise the aesthetic value, replacing the windows might be a beneficial option. Here are five factors to consider when replacing your windows.
- Macro costs. The macro cost of a particular item factors in the initial costs of purchase and installation, but also the long term costs, like how much energy the window will save you, how much maintenance you will need to do and even when you need to replace the window. You might think you are getting a really great deal on a window, but what happens if it warps when it gets too hot or moist? What happens when it doesn’t insulate your home properly, thus costing you more money in utilities?
- Will the windows blend with the aesthetic of your home? If you have a period home, or a historic home, you want to make sure that the new windows blend seamlessly with the overall look of your home. If the windows don’t blend, you probably don’t want them. Not only can improperly matched windows decrease the aesthetic value of a property, they can also decrease the monetary value too. Plus, you probably don’t want to get stuck living in a house with mismatched windows. Not only that, but your neighborhood homeowner’s association might hate it too.
- Energy efficiency. If you repair or replace windows, you want to make sure to make energy efficiency one of the most important considerations. If windows aren’t energy efficient, you can pretty much guarantee that that you will be spending more in utilities, especially in the winter and summer months. Lower efficiency windows have thinner paned glass and they don’t have the insulation to block out energy leaks. It is those energy leaks that will end up costing you the most amount of money.
- Noise reduction. When you are looking for windows, you want to make sure the noise reduction level is high. Some of the best noise reduction windows can block out street noise by up to 95%. If you live in a city, or by a train, airport or any other area where the decibel levels get a little higher than you can bare, noise reduction is an important factor to consider. Noise reduction will also block out pollutants, like dander and car exhaust.
- Ventilation. Another crucial consideration is to find out how much your potential new windows can ventilate your home. When it comes to providing fresh air inside your home, ventilation is critical. So, be sure to ask your contractor how much ventilation your new windows can provide. Some can provide more than others.