Windows are one of the most important features of your Virginia home. Windows offer protection from the elements and tons of curb appeal. But as windows age, they can severely drain your energy costs, appear outdated, and cause other problems in the home. Replacing your old windows with brand-new windows comes with many benefits. We’ve gathered the top benefits of replacing old windows.
1. Energy Savings
The first benefit of replacing your old windows is the energy savings you’ll receive. New windows are better designed to keep out the elements and protect your home environment. Keep the cold air out in the winter, and keep the hot air out and block sunlight in the summer. New windows are better insulated and reduce drafts, which means your furnace and air conditioner won’t have to work as hard during the extremes of Virginia’s Winter and Summer months. You’ll save money on your energy bills, reduce wear and tear on your HVAC system, and feel better about using less energy and reducing your carbon footprint.
2. Increased Comfort
Preventing drafts coming from your windows isn’t just cost-effective it’s more comfortable for everyone inside your home. Properly installed, brand-new windows have a much better seal between the window frames and the home, so you won’t feel drafts like you might with older windows. Also, newer windows use double or triple panes of glass, with a thin layer of argon gas in between those panes. This technology reduces the transfer of heat through the windows and blocks some of the sun’s rays, reducing the greenhouse effect of sunlight through your windows. You can enjoy a more comfortable indoor temperature year-round with new windows.
3. Increased Home Value
Did you know new windows increase your home value? Yes, they do! With any home improvement project, homeowners want to know whether or not the upgrade is worth it. New windows can bring you a significant return on your investment (ROI) — up to 64%. Homebuyers are aware of the investment cost of installing new windows and will be concerned with the age of a home’s windows. Brand new windows are attractive to potential buyers because they know they won’t have to replace the windows for a long time. There’s also the added perk for buyers of knowing energy bills will be lower with new windows.
You don’t just want to feel safe and save money with your brand-new windows. You also want you and your family to feel safe. New windows provide several benefits regarding safety and security that you may not have considered. For one thing, newer windows are often made from tempered glass or laminated glass, both of which are less likely to shatter into sharp, jagged shards if the window gets broken, minimizing the chance of injury. New windows also have safety features like locks and sensors that make them harder to force open and break into from outside, keeping you safer and more secure in your home. Lastly, new windows also have better functionality than older windows that may be warped or painted shut. This means newer windows are a much easier escape route from house fires and other emergencies.
5. Noise Reduction
The same features that protect against heat and energy loss through windows — double and triple panes and layers of argon gas — can also provide noise-dampening benefits. Many Richmond homeowners are surprised by just how quiet it is inside once their new windows are installed. New windows can block and reduce noises from construction, traffic, and neighbors. Enjoy the peace and quiet of your cozy home with new windows.
6. Easier Maintenance
Cleaning and maintaining old windows can be a hassle, but brand-new windows offer several special features that make cleaning and maintenance a breeze for Virignia homeowners. Older wooden window frames need to be refinished every few years, but newer frames require so little maintenance they are basically maintenance-free. New window designs also feature easy-to-clean options like tilt-in window frames and sashes so you can clean the exterior of the windows while still inside the home. Some even feature blinds or shades inside the window panes, making dusting and cleaning much easier.
7. Better Curb Appeal
New windows enhance the look of a home as well — both inside and out. Choose from wood, fiberglass, aluminum, or composite windows in a wide variety of colors and finishes that can enhance the look of your home, complement existing trim or provide a striking coordinating color to your home’s exterior. New windows give a greater curb appeal, which increases your home’s value. The windows will also increase the beauty from inside the home, enhancing the aesthetics of your home.
8. UV Protection
This is a benefit that many people often do not think about protection from harmful UV rays. Most people want a home with lots of windows, providing plenty of natural light throughout the rooms. However, with older windows that do not have any UV protection, your home’s walls, floors, furniture, and decor are subject to fading and sun damage if too much sunlight comes in through the windows. Our triple-pane windows with layers of argon gas keep out most UV rays and protect your home’s interior from fading and sun damage.
9. Reduced Allergens
Window coverings like curtains, shades, and blinds can harbor dust and allergens and can be difficult to clean regularly. Our modern window designs include options for blinds and shades incorporated right inside the windows. This means that no dust will accumulate on the blinds or shades, and your home will have one less landing place for the dust and allergens that can be so irritating. It’s also one less thing you need to clean, and no cords for the blinds mean increased safety for kids and pets.
10. Easier Use
Brand-new windows are simply easier to use. Old windows can warp over time, and multiple coats of paint around the framing can make a window difficult to open and close properly. Window locks and handles wear out and become hard to use. New windows take care of this problem and are incredibly easy to use in comparison. They’re easy to open and close and often have multiple options for locking and other safety measures. Tilting sashes mean you can clean the outsides of even your upstairs windows easily, and integrated shades and blinds make dusting and window cleaning even easier.