Home improvement projects can be costly and time-consuming, so choosing which project to tackle and which project to skip is important! One of the best investments you can make on your home improvement plan is investing in new windows. Window replacement can boost your curb appeal, add value to your home, make cleaning easier, and help reduce your energy costs.
If you’ve ever wondered…How do I know when it’s time to replace my old windows? What are some of the benefits of window replacement? New windows are in my future, what type should I have installed? Wonder no more! Here’s a clear guide to window replacement, benefits, and options!
Signs it’s Time to Replace your Windows
● Your windows are drafty
Outside weather conditions should not affect the inside of your home. Feeling a breeze or a draft from outside when your windows are closed is a clear sign it’s time to replace them. With Minnesota’s frigid winter temperatures, this can have a drastic effect on your home’s heat level and might cause your furnace to work overtime to compensate for the fluctuating temperatures inside- causing your energy bill to rise! Drafty or leaky windows can also allow water to enter your home, which can eventually cause mold and mildew in your home.
● You can hear outside noise
No one likes to hear traffic, sirens, or outside noise when they are trying to sleep at night. Because of improper sealing or poorly made window materials, some windows can provide little protection from outside noises. By investing in double or triple-pane windows you can decrease outdoor noise significantly and sleep soundly!
● Your window is difficult to open or close
One way to check if your window is in good shape is to see if you can open or close it with ease. If you can’t open or close a window, not only is it a sign that your window needs to be replaced, but it’s a safety issue for your family in case of a fire or
● You notice condensation between the window and layers of glass
Condensation in between the layers of glass on your window can point out a failing seal. This means that moisture is now getting inside of your home, and can cause mold, mildew, and lack of energy efficiency.
● Your window frames are damaged, soft to the touch, and chipped
This is one of the biggest signs that your windows need to be replaced. Windows that are soft to the touch might be rotting or be filled with water. This can cause serious issues like sagging, and may even damage the siding of your home.
The Benefits of Window Replacement
Besides adding curb appeal and value to your home, new windows can also save you money on your energy bill! Other benefits of window replacement include:
● Improved Energy Efficiency
Properly installed, energy-efficient windows with insulating features can save you
between 10-25% each year on your energy bills (those savings can add up!).
● Add Value to your Home
Some home improvement projects pay off at a higher rate than others- and new windows are one of them! According to ISouldMyHouse.com, “A $10,000 expenditure on new windows can bump up an asking price on a house about $8,500- for an 85
percent ROI” (ISoldMyHouse.com).
● Lower your Maintenance Costs and Time
Time spent painting, cleaning, and worrying about your windows is taking away from time with family or doing the things you love. By investing in new windows, your maintenance costs and the cleaning demands lower, freeing up your wallet and your free-
● Protect your Furniture and Belongings from Sun Fading
Newer windows have energy-efficient features that help prevent ultraviolet rays from entering your home. This can help protect your furniture, carpet, artwork and other belongings from sun fading.
● Increase the Safety and Security of your Home
Ultimately, the safety and security of your home are one of the most important attributes of a new window. New, properly installed windows have secure locks, are made from stronger materials, and will help prevent storm damage or burglary from interfering with your family’s safety and peace of mind.
What type of Window is the best for me?
At Hoyt Exteriors, we offer many types of windows and will work with you to determine the best material for your specific needs, budget, and house (Check out some windows we’ve worked on!) Our most popular window options are:
● Vinyl Windows
If you are looking for a low-upkeep, cost-effective window option, vinyl might be the right choice for you! With it’s lower price point and ease of installation and upkeep, vinyl can be a great maintenance-free option.
● Wood Windows
Wood is an elegant and classic choice for windows, however, it requires a bit of maintenance to prevent moisture, stains, decay, and termites from ruining its natural beauty. Despite the upkeep needs, wood windows are a charming addition to a classic home.
● Fiberglass Windows
With its long-lasting finish and easy care, Fiberglass is a versatile material that can withstand extreme heat and extreme cold. This can be beneficial in Minnesota with our extreme temperature changes!
● Composite Windows
Composite windows are a great choice for creating a look similar to wood with the upkeep levels of vinyl.
MAKE HOYT YOUR NUMBER ONE CHOICE!
When it comes to window installation, the only thing more important than choosing a material is choosing the right company. At Hoyt, we pride ourselves on getting the job done right. There is no hassle and no stress, just hard work with incredible results.
Get your window replacement on the calendar for spring 2020 today! Need your windows replaced sooner? In rare cases, we can get your windows replaced in the fall and winter months! Schedule an appointment with Hoyt Exteriors to discuss your
options and build a window-replacement plan that’s right for you!