Effective, efficient window replacement begins with a thorough discussion with your window installer, well before the day the work is scheduled. But before that, let's discuss the nuances of replacing old windows with new ones.
New windows are one of the most impactful home improvements you can make.
The Benefits of New Windows
If you’re working with a tight budget or deciding between home improvement projects, understanding the benefits of replacing your windows can help guide your decision-making process.
Here’s a look at four significant benefits of upgrading your current windows:
- Energy Efficiency
- Comfort and Health
- Safety and Security
Best windows for replacement
New windows, such as aluminum windows can make your home quieter and less drafty—more comfortable. Many new double-hung windows are easier to clean and maintain than their older counterparts fitted with combination screens and storms. On top of all this, new windows also can enhance your home’s curb appeal.
Installing replacement windows is a common way for homeowners to achieve those benefits. Typical replacement windows (sometimes called “pocket” windows) fit inside the existing window frame, minimizing installation costs. But many replacement window lines are also available as new-construction windows that require the removal of the entire old window, including the frame, sill, and trim. As a result, these usually cost more to install than the pocket type.
How often should windows be replaced?
Home windows have a lifespan of 15-20 years. Once they reach this age, the seals start to weaken or fail, which leaves you open to drafts and water seepage. In addition, single-pane windows were the standard 15+ years ago. These windows lack insulation and are not as energy-efficient as modern double-pane windows.
Any house would be very unpleasant to live in without windows to let the sunshine in. But by their very nature, a window creates opportunities for gaps to emerge that will allow conditioned air to escape, which drives up your utility bills. Sometimes problems with windows can be hard to spot. Other times, they are obvious.
Not every window replacement will go smoothly. While the removal of old aluminum windows can be challenging, it will definitely be worth it.
What You’ll Need
The window replacement process starts long before the installation. Usually, you can get windows of the same size to replace the old ones with no problem. Take all corner measurements before buying new windows to be sure that they will fit into the openings with minimal alterations made. When shopping for new windows, be sure that you are buying ones that match your needs and that they have a proper warranty that covers you in the case of breaks and shatters during installation.
Replacing old windows in all but the most extreme cases will not save money in your lifetime. Repairing old windows or adding layers may be a more cost-effective solution.
Replacement windows are a great way to refurbish your space. It’s a visual improvement that effects both the interior and exterior of your home. Plus, some benefits go beyond beauty and curb appeal. New windows can also help your home feel more comfortable and even quieter, especially when there is an opportunity to use the free services offered by the manufacturer.