The Word on Windows
Updated: Sep 30, 2019
If they’re not cracked or broken, should you consider replacing your windows? It can be a big cost, is it worth it?
Windows help keep cool air in and hot air out. Pretty basic, right? How can you tell if your windows are properly doing their job?
A good first step is to look at the age of your windows. The average lifespan for residential windows is 15-20 years. But age isn’t the only indicator to consider. The comfort of your home can become questionable if windows are drafty. If you feel warm or cold air seeping in, it is most likely caused by a broken seal. Moisture can also seep in a broken seal. This problem is evident when moisture appears between the panes of glass inside a window. Air leaks and water seepage (ugh-mold!) can be accelerated by warped or rotted window frames. Though this most often occurs in wood windows, it can result in complete window failure. If any of the above are occurring in your home, you’ve probably noticed an increase in heating and cooling costs. Replacing faulty windows can reduce your energy bills by up to 20%! A homeowner can also expect to get roughly 75% of their replacement window cost back when their home is resold.
Ready to update or replace your current windows, then stay on point with 2019 window design trends. Screens are moving out and LARGE, fixed windows are in! Mixed window shapes and corner windows are also being used to accent window walls (think floor to ceiling glass). Bigger is better and more is best when remodeling or replacing windows. There is strong emphasis on merging indoor and outdoor spaces while also improving curb appeal. Windows can be replaced ANY time of the year, so there’s no better time than now to update a room with the addition of a picture, bay, or awning window. Natural lighting is one trend that won’t dim!