What Are the Benefits of Replacing Old Windows?
Does the age of your window really matter? You may be so used to seeing the same windows year after year that you don’t think much about their quality. You may have even bought an older house with the windows in mind, thinking that they added “character.” However, windows aren’t constructed to last forever. If your windows are decades old, it may be time to replace them. First, however, a few benefits:
As windows age, they may not be as tightly sealed as they once were, allowing for more air leaks and heat loss. You may feel a draft as you pass by, but the change may be too small to notice — except in terms of your heating and cooling bills. If your home is losing heating and cooling through your windows, your HVAC system has to work harder to make up the difference, and that ultimately leads to a higher cost. Newer windows will be more tightly sealed and may have newer energy efficient technology. This will keep your home comfortable while lowering your energy bills.
Protection From the Sun
Much of the purpose of windows is to let the sunlight in and light the room without the help of electric lighting. However, some windows let in not just sunlight but harmful UV rays that can damage your furniture, floors, or walls. If you notice faded spots in the floor or on the upholstery of your couch, know that this isn’t unavoidable. Newer windows more frequently use low-E coating to block the most harmful rays of the sun, while still allowing beautiful light to stream through your windows and light your home.
What kind of window frames do your old windows use? Wood window frames have a classic look, but they can be difficult to care for. They often need to be restained and painted as well as protected from moisture that can cause them to swell, warp, or rot. Steel frames, too, can have issues with peeling paint. That’s why these days fiberglass and vinyl window frames are so popular. They’re much easier to care for, cutting down your home maintenance. You can even install wood-ultrex windows, using beautiful wood frames on the interior of your home and durable ultrex fiberglass on the exterior.
Interested in replacing old windows? Don’t hesitate. Contact Jancewicz & Son today for more information or a free estimate.