Time for new windows?
5 easy-to-spot signs it's time for new windows
You love the idea of replacing old, unattractive windows. But is the time right? And is window replacement worth your money?
New windows do more than updating the look of your house.
Whether or not to replace your windows isn’t a simple “yes” or “no” answer. That being said, window replacement does offer energy-efficiency savings, greater indoor comfort, and increased security at home.
Use these 5 easy-to-spot signs to make a better, more confident decision.
1. Old, single-pane windows are out
If your home still has those old, single-pane windows installed from 25 years ago, that’s a sure sign it’s time for an upgrade. Single pane windows tend to waste energy, invite indoor drafts, and detract from the curb appeal of your home.
2. Damaged, hard-to-use windows need replacement
Sometimes, it’s not about old, outdated windows. It’s about damage incurred due to heavy moisture and extreme weather conditions. This is especially true in states like Florida where humidity is high. and window frames tend to warp or rot. Even double-hung windows can be nearly impossible to open and close.
3. Climbing utility bills are a sign
When utility bills are on the rise, or you’re paying an arm and a leg for increased home comfort, your windows may be inefficient. Low-performance windows let heat in during summer and allow heat to escape in winter. Both these situations drive cooling and heating costs up by an estimated 10% to 25%.
4. Window condensation is a problem
Window condensation is common in warm regions like Florida and California. It occurs when hot and humid outdoor air contacts cool windows, forcing the moisture in the hot air to condense and eat away at your windows’ insulation barriers. Higher performance windows eliminate window condensation entirely.
5. Indoor temperature fluctuations matter
If your house is notoriously drafty, or temperatures vary significantly (depending on what room you’re in), then old, leaky windows may be the problem. Improper air sealing or insulation can contribute to this issue, as well.
The benefits of window replacement
Naturally, replacing windows is an investment, but the benefits that come from installing new, high-performance windows are well worth the price.
Greater home energy efficiency
Double and triple-pane windows are extremely efficient because the space between window panes acts as an insulator, slowing the flow of heat in and out of your home. These windows also have an energy-efficient low-E coating.
Lower monthly utility bills
With energy-efficient windows, you can expect a cooler home in summer and a cozier home in winter. Plus, your cooling and heating systems won’t have to work as hard.
Enhanced indoor comfort
High-performance windows are more effective at regulating heat flow, so you’ll experience fewer indoor temperature fluctuations.
Today’s windows include more security features designed to keep you and your family safe — like heavy duty hardware, multi-point locks, and security glazings.
Higher home resale value
Rest assured, you’ll recoup much of your window investment when it comes time to sell your house. New vinyl windows, for example, offer an estimated ROI of 85%.
Beauty and comfort
New windows also enhance the look of your home, inside and out. More natural light can lift your spirit indoors, while outdoor curb appeal can be significantly enhanced.
Simple, home improvement financing is available
Easy, affordable home improvement financing is available to homeowners in Florida and California through Renew Financial, pioneer of PACE financing.
PACE financing pays up to 100% of the cost of window upgrades. And funds can be repaid in 5 to 30 years, as a line item on your property tax bill. The process is simple and convenient. No money down. No upfront fees. And interest rates are very competitive.
Good home improvement financing lets you breathe a sigh of relief knowing that you’ll be reducing costs (energy-efficiency savings) while enjoying a more comfortable, attractive environment in your home