If your home has its original, wood framed, single pane windows, you may be hesitant about replacing them. You might think that the costs will be more than the rewards and that replacement windows just won't look as good. The truth is, vinyl replacement windows are easily customized to fit any home, and they even come in the same wood-grain finish that your current windows have. And, if that's not enough incentive for you, here are five ways that Cleveland replacement windows will save and even make you money.
Lower Energy Bills
Each month, when the utility bill arrives, home owners with old, draft windows are reminded of how inefficient they are. Furnaces work harder to catch up with the onslaught of cold air flowing in around window frames and loose glass. Air conditioners run constantly when the sun beats through single pane windows, heating up the air inside. Because they have a high insulating value, because of double panes and vinyl construction, replacement windows keep utility bills under control. They help keep out the heat during the summer months, which helps the cooling system run more efficiently, keeping the home cool and comfortable. During the winter, they block out the cold wind and snow, and hold the precious warmth inside.
Wood framed windows have to be scraped and painted at regular intervals to keep out moisture and stave off rotting. Not only is this a time-consuming, labor-intensive job, but it is also expensive. Consider the fact that you'll need a ladder tall enough to reach upper windows, brushes and other equipment, primer and paint and then add in the time it takes to do it yourself. Even if you hire it out, it's certainly not cheap. Vinyl replacement windows, on the other hand, require very little maintenance and never need to be repainted. All you really need to do is clean them on occasion with a mild soap, water and a soft cloth.
Older windows are notorious for needing to be repaired. From fixing splits and cracks in the wood frames to replacing the glazing and fixing locking mechanisms, there is always something that needs to be done. This is especially true after a long, hard winter and soggy spring when moisture builds up and seeps into the window frames. This is the time that windows get stuck and become impossible to open and close because the wood has expanded. These issues are simply not a problem with vinyl replacement windows. Unless the glass gets broken or some other dramatic event happens, there is little need to do any repairs on them.
Although there are certainly instances where wood framed windows have stood the test of time, lasting as long as 100 years. However, these are exceptions, rather than the rule. The reality is they have been diligently maintained to achieve such a long life. Most wood windows just don't get that kind of tender loving care and they begin to deteriorate. Vinyl replacement windows, because they are not susceptible to the maladies that affect wood frame windows, have a long life expectancy. Install them this year, and in they'll still look as good as the day they were installed for the rest of your life, and beyond.
Improve Resale Value
If you have any intention of selling your home in the near future, you know you'll have to do some improvements to get the highest price possible. Most times, people think that remodeling the kitchen and bathroom and upgrading the carpet and paint are sufficient. In reality, you need to take a good look at your windows as well. Home buyers are savvy and they know good quality when they see it. Investing in vinyl replacement windows improves your home's appearance and give it more curb appeal. Most times, you can expect to see in the neighborhood of 74 (plus or minus) percent in terms of return on your investment, which is on par with other major renovations.
If you're ready to replace those old, inefficient windows, contact us for more information or to schedule a consultation. Our friendly, professional design consultants are always here to help you find the perfect windows for your Cleveland home.
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