Windows and doors play a huge part in how your home functions, both practically and aesthetically. They control how air gets in and out of your home, they provide a level of safety and security, they allow light to enter, and they play a decorative role in the exterior and interior of the structure. Most high quality models should last a couple of decades, but even so, chances are good that at some point while you live in your home you’ll want to replace them. Not sure when? Here are six reasons why you might want to replace your home’s windows and doors.
The most obvious reason to replace windows and doors is damage. While most windows should last 15 to 25 years (depending on the material), when faced with neglect, windows can become warped, broken or mouldy. The same goes for doors. Sometimes they can be fixed if the damage is minimal, but in the majority of cases replacing them is the right decision. When windows and doors are significantly damaged you’ll have issues with air leaks, safety and crummy curb appeal. A definite problem if you’re selling your home.
Energy efficiency is something everyone expects these days, and if your windows and doors aren’t holding up their end of the bargain, it’s time to think about replacement. Drafty windows and doors allow the cold air in, meaning you need to constantly crank up the heat in order to keep the house warm. Likewise they can let cool air out, meaning you’re spending money and wasting energy so that you can cool the great outdoors. When shopping for new windows look for those that are ENERGY STAR qualified, meaning they are the most energy efficient windows on the market.
Replacing windows and doors is not an inexpensive undertaking, but the good news is that over time they can save you quite a bit of money on your heating and cooling costs. Depending on where you live and what models you choose you may also be eligible for government rebates. The other way they can save – or even make – you money, is through forced appreciation. As long as you’ve chosen wisely (something that looks good and functions well), when you sell your home you can often recoup the cost. And remember, a new steel front door is the number one source of remodelling return on investment, with fiberglass following closely behind. So replacing an older model with one of these materials is an excellent investment.
Windows and doors play a huge part in the aesthetic value of your home. With so many styles and colors available it’s easy to get overwhelmed with choices. But remember that when it comes to adding value it’s important to let the style and color of the home dictate the style of the windows and doors. If you have a century home look for something that compliments the style, likewise if you have a modern or contemporary home. And remember that when it comes to window styles, you need to take into account the light and ventilation requirements needed inside. Different window styles function differently and serve different purposes.
In older homes where windows and doors have been neglected, safety can become an issue. Wood rots, steel rusts, and mechanisms break down without proper care. In order to keep your home and your family safe you want something that is solid and secure.
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