Replacement Windows – Are They A Smart Home Improvement?
In times of rising costs for home heating and cooling and the need to reduce energy consumption, replacement windows are a very smart home improvement investment. Not only will replacement windows make your home more energy efficient, they will reduce your heating and cooling costs by as much as 50%.
This energy efficiency will also reduce the amount of energy you use and reduce your demand for petroleum products (electricity, natural gas, heating oil, etc.). The investment in replacement windows will also increase the value of your home.Heat is transferred through solid surfaces from the warmer side to the colder side through a process called “conduction”. Metal is a good conductors of heat. This means that your windows themselves could be causing your heating and cooling bills to be higher than the cost would be with new insulated windows.
In addition, any cracks or gaps around your windows and window frames allow heated or cooled air to escape from the house to the outside and vice versa. Sealing around windows and doors and installing adequate insulation around them is the first step in improving the energy efficiency of your home. New windows, however, will probably result in a far greater savings.
Now that you want to install new windows to your basement or attic the first thing that you have to do is measure the openings with the use of a tape measure. This measurement will of course come into the hands of the store owners if you will be buying pre-assembled windows. But some words of advice before you do the measurement - make sure your measurement is accurate to the smallest detail because at some points, there are few things to consider in installing house windows. A point to remember is to check the size and shape of the windows first if they are going to be square or rectangle and then consider the base of the windows which you can put them at about an inch thick. Also consider the wood block where you can screw the base of the windows. Now that you have determined these things think what kind of materials you would need for your windows.
Do you want glass so that you can see the view from the inside or the wooden windows that will make you feel secure and private? Or you need a vinyl or fiberglass windows for more durability and security? That is all up to your need. When you are ready just gather up all the things you need such as the screws, caulking materials, nails, screw drivers and hammer and head to the store. If you are not familiar with doing carpentry or with the installation ask the people at the hardware store or the home improvement center to help you figure out what kind of windows you would need so that they will give you tips on how to install them too. The internet is also rich with information on guidelines on installing and fixing windows. If you would be replacing old wooden windows make sure that all its support will also be replaced to make sure that wood pests and rusts are eliminated so that the new window system will function for years without problem.
Replacement Windows Add Value to Your Home
When it comes to upgrading your home to make it more energy efficient, more valuable or more marketable replacement windows and doors give you the most bang for your buck. New dual glazed energy efficient vinyl windows and a beautiful front entry door system will make your home stand out from the competition if you plan to sell. If you are in it for the long haul then reap the benefits of greater noise reduction and lower heating and cooling bills. With all the rebates and sales incentives available now is the time to invest in your home.
It has been said that "one thing you can never repeat is first impressions" and it is my opinion that curb appeal is the main reason that most homes shown by realtors sell. The kitchen and the other rooms and all the amenities that comprise a home simply validate the first positive impression one gets when pulling up front to view the home. As a fireplace subconsciously draws a person into the room so does the front door draw a person into the house. Beautiful windows are icing on the cake.
If the existing exterior wall had no previous leaking problems then a retrofit window is the most economical way to go. The old glass and sash are removed and a new vinyl window and frame is installed inside the old frame. This window is caulked and trimmed out nicely with no evidence of the old frame visible. There is no inside or outside repair work necessary except maybe some blinds altered or replaced. Therefore the cost is kept down. The low price plus the energy efficiency and the beauty of these new windows and doors have moved not just the residents in the harsh environment to purchase these products but this has become a trend throughout the west in all types of neighborhoods.