Benefits of installing new windows and doors
Oct. 19, 2017 at midnight
One of the simplest, most cost-efficient ways to provide your home with a makeover is to install new windows and doors. Not only can it improve the appearance of a property, but it can also make life far more comfortable for its inhabitants — physically, financially and mentally.
Many houses, particularly charming period properties, still have their original windows and frames. Having been exposed to the elements for decades, window frames can warp, discolor and start to rot. This results in ill- fitting windows and doors, with the potential for chilly drafts during the winter months and a hot, humid, uncomfortable atmosphere during the summer.
By choosing a reputable contractor and installing energy efficient windows, your house can be transformed into a cozy haven; retaining heat in winter and staying blissfully cool for the summer.
To counteract the creeping elements, we often crank up the thermostat or the air-con, thereby increasing our utility bills as well as energy consumption. According to experts, by replacing your windows alone, consumers have the potential of saving 12%-33% on annual heating and cooling bills, meaning more money in your pocket, a more comfortable living environment, and a greener earth.
Of course, all this does not come for free, but it is an investment worth making. According to the National Association of Realtors 2016 Cost vs. Value report, replacement jobs, such as door, window, and siding projects generated a higher return than remodeling projects — an average of 61.5% on the initial cost. This is greater than, say, a remodeled kitchen and bathroom.
Even if you are not planning on selling your home, old windows and doors can require a lot of maintenance. With flaking paint and splitting timber, it takes a lot of time, dedication, materials and money to keep them in suitably-functional condition. When choosing replacements, the frames are likely to be weatherproof, resistant to fading and, if the correct product is chosen, can have a lifespan of between 20-30 years.
Peace of mind
One of the greatest advantages of replacing windows and doors is the added security it brings. Our homes are where we keep our most prized possessions, both of monetary and sentimental value. From big-ticket items such as home entertainment systems to your first-born's pair of booties, when a house is burgled it is traumatic on so many levels.
￼￼￼By replacing old frames and glass, a house is given an extra layer of protection — like a suit of armor. Today's modern windows and doors come ready installed with a sophisticated locking system; enough to deter even a determined thief. New windows not only provide peace of mind but also much more noticeable tranquility. For those who live in an urban environment with neighbors close by, the noise reduction brought about by well- fitted windows and doors can be a godsend.
As the saying goes, "the eyes are the windows to the soul," and someone, wisely, once wrote, "a window is the eye to the house." Some may think that replacing period windows with new, modern counterparts may detract from the charm, character, and soul of their beloved home. Luckily, there are bespoke, sympathetically designed windows and doors that will look perfect no matter what century your house was built in — while still having all the benefits of modern technology.
Often, the best decision you can make is to do it and be done with it; chances are good that you'll be very glad you did.