When most homeowners approach a major renovation project, their biggest concerns center around the budget; ‘how much will the windows cost?’ and ‘can we afford that?’ are the first two questions a potential client will ask. Office Carpets Pty Ltd However, we urge you to ask yourself another question:
How much are your old windows costing you now?
The truth is, even if your home’s older windows are paid for, they could still be costing you money. Older windows are less energy efficient, and those annoying little drafts can add up to big energy bills every month. Replacing the windows in your home may require significant spending up front, but the long-term return on investment is often the factor that has homeowners coming back to us and saying, “We’re ready, it’s time—let’s replace them all!”
It’s not just about the up-front savings you will likely see on your energy bills—new windows can pay off in the long run in terms of the resale value of your home. Not only are new windows going to begin saving you money immediately upon installation—up to thousands of dollars per year—but they greatly enhance the resale value in the future, should you decide to move. Imagine telling a prospective buyer that your home’s windows are more than fifteen years old—in this climate, in close proximity to the Gulf of Mexico, with the threat of hurricane season each year. It could give a serious buyer pause. Older, inefficient windows will not help you sell fast, or for top dollar. And let’s not forget how much better new windows look; curb appeal goes a long way in real estate. According to Cost vs. Value, in Houston in 2014 the ROI for vinyl windows was 80.5 percent, while the ROI for wood windows was 80.8 percent.
A few factors to consider when deciding whether it’s time to replace your windows:
Poor performance: This doesn’t just mean drafts, but overall performance of the window. Are the windows hard to open and close? Is moisture getting inside? If your windows are deteriorating, it’s time to replace them.
Overall style: If you are giving your home a major remodel, replacing windows may be required for aesthetic continuity; are you replacing all of your windows, or trying to match older windows to a newer style during a partial replacement?
Additional safety: New glass treatments can reinforce your windows against everything from high winds to driving rain to intruders—talk to your sales representative about your home’s specific needs.
Are you ready to determine whether your old windows are working for you? A free estimate from Wonderful Windows and Siding can help you decide! Stop in and see us today, or fill out this free online estimate form to get started.