Some Facts You Need to Know About Window Installation and Replacement
When your windows no longer add to the appeal of your home’s facade, protect it from the elements or provide noise insulation, it may be time to consider window replacements that enhance your home’s exterior, are compatible with its architecture, increase your home comfort levels and reduce your energy bill.
According to Consumer Reports, new window installation can make your residence in San Jose more attractive, quieter, reduce drafts, and may reduce your carbon footprint. In addition, they are easier to keep clean than older windows, and can eliminate the need for painting.
Consider Your Payback
Windows replacement let San Jose homeowners enjoy another perk – a return on your investment if you decide to sell your home. Remodeling Magazine’s latest “Cost vs. Value Report” shows that when you replace your older windows with wood or vinyl, you can experience a 73.3 percent return on that investment when your home is resold.
Choose the Right Window
Which windows you ultimately choose will be based on many factors, such as appearance, materials, style and cost of your home window replacement but San Jose climate conditions need to be a factor in your decision as well. Consumer Reports recommends selecting your new windows with your home’s exposure to high and low temperatures and wind-resistance requirements in mind.
Select new windows that match the style and reflect the quality of your home – mid-range options for the average home and high-end options for a luxury home. If you choose to sell your mid-range home, prospective buyers will appreciate beautiful high-performance windows, but aren’t likely to be willing to pay a premium price for them.
Should I Replace My Windows?
Angie’s List reports that, according to a 2007 National Association of Home Builders, Wood windows are expected to last up to 30 years, while aluminum windows should last between 15 to 20 years. More durable windows such as fiberglass and vinyl windows may last even longer. If your home is older, with windows that are 15 to 20 years old or more, there are a variety of reasons why installing replacement windows is a smart choice. Some of the most common reasons are:
- Windows are worn, faded, look outdated or are generally unattractive.
- Structural issues such as sagging or bowing.
- Windows leak when it rains.
- Condensation or frost accumulates between the panes.
- Windows are not energy efficient.
While the quality of the windows you select is important, professional installation which includes anchoring, sealing and insulating your windows to ensure they are watertight and airtight is just as crucial. Poorly installed windows may be difficult to operate, and can compromise their appearance and efficiency.
Choosing the Right Replacement Windows for Your Home, www.consumerreports.org
Replacement Windows, www.angieslist.com
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