Before you consider getting full window replacements, you might save some money by using remedies to make those windows last longer. You can scrape off dangerous old paint and replace it with new. You can sand and cut off rot and replace the sashes with new ones. You can make them more energy efficient by going all around the window with sealant and/or caulking. Or, you could use the tried and trusted method of covering your windows with sheet plastic during the winter months. …Also comes with added privacy, that’s a perk right? Some people prefer to just paint old windows over completely around the seams when they don’t open well anyway. This obviously will keep you from being able to open it, but it will keep the cold air contained and it will keep anyone from trying to open it and getting hurt or breaking the window in the process. Older windows that are heavy can be especially dangerous for children because they can stick or slam shut without warning. So it some cases where you don’t want a small child opening the window even if it were working properly, you can save money by just painting it shut rather than replacing it. These fixes are only temporary though, and they won’t always look the nicest. So if you’re tired of getting by with plastic and pain, talk to a trusted window replacement and installation company about getting some new ones.
If your windows are 15 years old or more, you are likely already having issues and I don’t need to tell you that they probably need to be replaced. As mentioned above, older windows stick, crack, break, or loosen and leave in too much outside air. A window replacement is the best chance you have at giving your home a brand new look. A window installation will leave you more energy efficient and modern looking. Newer windows have a lot of cool features that you won’t mind, either. Like built in blinds, tinting, a reverse-opening for easy cleaning, and multiple panels. You don’t have to stick with boring old square windows that just open and close horizontally. You can get panes that slide, fold out, or open inward. You could even expand with a bay window in place of a regular large square window in your living room. The possibilities are endless when you have a company involved that truly knows that they are doing and will charge you reasonably.
More energy-efficient windows mean lower heating and cooling costs right away. Energy Star estimates that when your old windows are replaced with their approved windows, you can save almost 30% on your energy bills each year. And just because they are efficient doesn’t mean they aren’t stylish and user-friendly. So schedule a free consultation with a window replacement company to see what your budget will get you. You never have to commit to anything right away; a consult would just give you a chance to see the potential in your new windows.