New Window, New Glass, Better Insulation
July 09, 2009
by Alicia Malone
Out With the Old
If you live in an older home, chances are your windows are outdated, difficult to manage, and costing you a bundle in energy bills throughout the seasons. Older homes generally have glass, single pane windows that are not only a nuisance, but are also inefficient at protecting you from the elements. They may also be cloudy from years of wear and tear, painted over and difficult to open, and unsightly.
Examine how replacement windows can improve the overall look and feel of your home, not to mention increase its value, and protect your family from the winter cold and summer heat. Replacement windows also brighten your home, which allows you to enjoy them at any time, all year round.
In With the New
Modern replacement windows cost less than ever and are made from different materials such as insulated glass or vinyl. Although you may pay slightly less when purchasing replacement windows directly from a window manufacturer and installing them yourself, you will be stuck with the manual labor and potential for error. Window manufacturers can install the windows in your home, however you may decided to opt for a professional contractor who can not only help you decide on the type of windows that are best for your home, but can also install them for you.
Advantages of replacement windows include:
- Lower energy bills
- Cleaner, brighter look of the inside and outside of your home
- Greater protection from the weather--sun damage and heat, storms, high winds
- Increased home value
If you're uncertain about which type of replacement window best fits the look of your home, contact a professional contractor to assess replacement window cost, style options, and material type.
About the Author
Alicia Malone lives in upstate New York in a house created with elbow grease and more than a little determination. She is a regular columnist sharing tips and ideas on how to renovate, restore, and rejuvenate your home from top to bottom.