Replacement windows or doors are an important investment for any homeowner. For those in Elk Grove, they can do many things, including improving the value of your home and help to make you more comfortable when you’re sitting in your living room relaxing.
Doors can have a subtle or dramatic impact as well, not just on curb appeal (for front doors) but also for security.
The bottom line is that when you begin to consider replacing the windows in your home, or you notice that your entry doors are worn out, cracked, or just not secure enough, it’s easy to fall into the common trap of assuming that all replacement windows and doors are essentially the same.
We’ve put together a list of reasons why replacement windows and doors are such a vital part of your Elk Grove home and why you should take the time, be patient, and go through all of your options before making a decision on any window or door.
Five Aspects that Replacement Windows and Doors Impact
There are many different reasons why windows are vital to the home. Few of us tend to think much about them, except when they are difficult to open, when they’re not clean, or when we feel a draft slipping through or around the frame or glass during the winter.
Even during the summer months, when the sun is pouring in and you feel all of that heat that’s forcing your air conditioning system to run around the clock during the day, you might not be thinking that there are better windows that can cut back on that and save you money on your utility bills.
Read through these five key aspects that windows and doors can impact within your home and you’ll understand why it’s so important to take your time to make the right decision in the end.
1. Appearance of your Elk Grove home.
For most homeowners, how their home looks is just as important as location. It can even be more important. Many realtors talk about the importance of curb appeal and when you have old, broken, worn out windows or doors, it will have an impact on the way that it looks.
This can affect the value of your home if you’re thinking about selling it, and it can also have an emotional or psychological impact on you when you pull in the driveway after a long day at work.
With the ideal windows and doors, your Elk Grove home will be more inviting, welcoming, and will simply look better and that will make you feel more at home when you approach the front, side, or back door to go in.
2. Value of your home.
As noted in the last section, replacement windows and doors can have an impact on the value or a home. If you end up choosing windows that are the cheapest your can find, they may appear new, but if you’re thinking about selling your home, it won’t do anything to improve the value.
The reality is that there are four essential components of a home that will affect its value that you can impact while you own it. The first is living space. If you expand the living space (square footage), you will increase its value. Renovating the kitchen and/or bathroom will also impact the value. Repairing or replacing the roof will have an effect on the sale price. And finally, the right replacement windows and doors will also impact the value of your home.
3. Comfort within each room.
When you have old, dirty, cracked windows that won’t get clean like they used to, you’re more likely to keep the blinds, curtains, or other window coverings closed. When that happens, your home is going to tend to be darker and that will affect how you enjoy the comfort of your home.
4. With Low-E, replacement windows protect furniture.
If you choose to have Low-E or other films added to the glass of your windows, it will protect your furniture and carpeting, rugs, and other items within your home. These items can be faded, dried out, and damaged by the unrelenting glare of the sun.
The sun’s UV rays cause your home to heat up, give you a nice sunburn when you’re not careful, and fade furniture over time. When you block those UV rays with the right coating on your replacement windows, you’re going to help protect everything inside your home. You’ll also help to keep it cooler during the summer.
5. Security of your Elk Grove home.
Doors are the key entry point into your home. Windows are the secondary points of entry. When you choose the right replacement doors and windows, you will also be ensuring that your home is safer. This could be in the locking hardware that windows utilize, in the construction and materials of your main entry doors, and even in the locks, plates, and other components that make up quality doors.
Keeping your Elk Grove home safe is crucial and when you do that, you’ll feel better and your family will be safer during the day and at night.
What You Should Budget when Considering Replacement Windows or Doors
This brings us to an important aspect when you begin searching for replacement windows and doors. What to budget for them?
Too many homeowners drastically underestimate what they should budget when they begin their search. This often leads them to look at only the cheapest windows that they can find listed on the Internet.
In truth, think about the last major home improvement project that you took on. It could have been a kitchen remodel. The average homeowner in Elk Grove invests $20,000 to redo a kitchen completely. It’s worth every penny, too.
So is replacing your windows or doors. Budget according to your income, your home’s size and value, and what you want to gain from these new windows and doors. You may find that you should budget at least $10,000 for replacement windows. Your home may be smaller and require less, or it might be larger.
Shop around and see what the average price for quality windows are and you should be able to get a fair sense of what to budget. Just avoid the common trap of sticking with the cheapest windows you can find because, honestly, you do truly get what you pay for when it comes to windows and doors.