Depending on who you ask, you’ll likely hear about a few different reasons why, if your current home’s windows are at least 10 or 15 years old, it’s time to consider replacing them. Living in Rocklin, you expect the best of things, and that should include the best out of your home.
Yet if you have old, dirty, tired looking windows, it can drag down your enjoyment of the home as well as the value of it. If you’re thinking about replacement windows or doors for your Rocklin home, but you’re just not certain whether it’s something you can afford or should spend money on right now, here are 10 reasons why now is the right time to make that kind of investment in home improvement.
10 Reasons Now is the Time to Consider Replacement Windows
1. Improve the look of your home.
Your Rocklin home is your castle. It doesn’t matter whether it’s a one bedroom condo or a five bedroom sprawling mansion, how it looks is going to have a direct impact on your ability to relax when you get home from a long day at work.
With the right windows for your home, you will be able to come home to a comfortable house that you will notice the moment that you pull into the driveway. Also, when friends or family come over for a visit, they are going to immediately notice the improve appearance of your home, even though they might not be able to figure out why, until you tell them.
2. Improved energy efficiency during the winter.
During the winter, 40 percent of the heat that your heating system generates will be lost through inefficient windows and doors. With new replacement windows and doors, you can improve the energy efficiency of your home during the winter.
This will help you stay warmer on those cold nights without having to spend an arm and a leg or taking out a second mortgage.
3. Energy savings all year round.
In fact, with the right replacement windows and doors, you would be able to save money on your utility bills all year long. This will include your heating and cooling expenses. When you can save money on utility bills throughout much of the year, then you’re overall savings from new replacement windows will increase.
4. $1,500 tax credit.
The federal government is currently offering a $1,500 tax credit for homeowners who replace their old, inefficient windows with new ones. The same is true of doors as well. These types of credits have a limited amount of time to be taken advantage of, so it is a good idea to step up and get your windows replaced now so that you can claim that tax credit on your taxes next year.
5. Cool summers.
As noted earlier, when you have more energy efficient windows, it won’t require as much energy (heating oil, electricity, or other source) to heat your home during the winter or cool it during the summer.
With Low-E and other film coatings that you can add to your replacement windows, you can cut back on the amount of UV rays that penetrate your home. It’s the UV rays that create the heat you feel during the summer and they can also fade your furniture, carpeting, and other household items. Protect them with the right window coating.
6. Increased home value.
With the right investment in your replacement windows (meaning that you shop around and choose the best windows and not just the least expensive), you can actually increase the value of your home. Few other home improvement projects can offer that kind of benefit.
7. Better for the environment.
Newer energy efficient windows are better for the environment, too. When you increase the energy efficiency of your home with new windows or doors, you’re going to be consuming less energy to heat or cool your home. Plus, thanks to the manufacturing process today, these windows will use better materials that will last longer, allowing you to leave a less significant footprint on the natural environment around you.
8. Improved functionality.
New replacement windows allow you to clean them, both inside and out, from inside the home. This is true for certain windows, of course, such as double hung windows. However, even casement windows offer more functionality than their counterparts in years past.
Because of the improved functionality, you will be able to enjoy your windows more and they will be much easier to maintain than ever before.
9. Better home security.
New windows and doors can add more security to your home. With new technology and better locking materials and hardware, you will know that someone who may want to get into your home will more often than not pass by your house when he sees the type of windows that you have, or the doors and hardware that is in place.
You and your family will be able to rest more comfortably knowing that there is something better in place for security than you old, worn out, simple locking hardware.
10. Less maintenance required.
Thanks to the fact that these replacement windows and doors would be new, you won’t have to tend to them nearly as much as you do now. Older windows are harder to keep clean. No matter how much you clean them, including the doors, you’ll notice that they just don’t look all that great.
With new windows, you’ll be able to sit back and relax while enjoying them and you won’t have to worry about fixing one thing after another with them, or those doors, for a long time.
If these 10 reasons don’t convince you that now is the best time to get replacement windows and doors for your Rocklin home, talk to a window professional and he or she will be able to answer any question you have about this important home improvement project.