What You Should Know Before You Schedule Window Replacement
There are plenty of reasons to upgrade your aging windows. Window replacements will be more efficient, and they’ll also function smoother, eliminate drafts, and ultimately, add curb appeal and value to your home. But new window installation for your entire house is a major investment. And as with any considerable investment, there are several things to consider before you take the plunge.
The window installation experts at Eastern Roofing & Siding share a couple things you should know before you move forward with whole-home window replacements.
Potential Energy Savings With Window Replacements
If you’re thinking about getting window replacements to save on your household energy bills, know this: Your energy savings may not end up looking like you think they will.
Generally, double-pane, energy-efficient windows are about two times as effective at retaining warm and cool air as their single-pane counterparts. And though twice as effective might sound like those windows will lead to significant savings on your energy bills, the reality is, they probably won’t make a huge difference.
Since windows comprise a relatively small percentage of the total surface area of the average home exterior, conservative estimates calculate a 5%-15% energy savings. If you normally pay $150 a month, new window installation will probably save you about $8-$23.
Over a 20-30 year lifespan, that’ll add up to a little over $8,000 max, which, to be fair, is quite a bit. Just don’t expect to see an immediate and drastic reduction in your heating and cooling expenses — the savings add up over time.
Window Repairs May Be a Better Alternative
If your windows are older than 15-20 years, they probably need an upgrade, regardless of their appearance or apparent functionality. But if you’re thinking about whole-house window replacements because a few of your windows have minor damage or they’re a little drafty, opting for window repairs may be a better option.
A qualified contractor can perform several types of window repair to keep drafts out and maintain the windows in good working order. A few common fixes include:
● Replacing old or failing hardware
● Replacing glazing
● Replacing damaged window panes
● Freeing up windows that are painted shut
● Installing new weather stripping
If your windows haven’t yet aged outside their recommended lifespan, they may be worth keeping, especially if they still look good. Before you invest in window replacements, have a qualified exterior contractor assess your existing windows. He can determine if repairs are a suitable and cost-effective alternative — if anything, it’s nice to know you have options.
Need Window Replacement or Repair in Cottage Grove? Contact Eastern Roofing & Siding
If you believe your home is due for window replacement, get in touch with our team at Eastern Roofing & Siding. We’ll assess your existing windows to determine if replacement or repair is the most cost-effective option, and if you need assistance selecting new windows, we’re more than happy to help with that too.
To learn more, call our Cottage Grove office today at 651-238-1313 or request a free quote online. Feel free to message us with any questions, and we’ll be in touch!