When I last talked to you about windows and doors I shared three key things to look for in making the decision to keep or replace existing windows and doors: poor performance, looks and effort required to maintain them.
But I think there’s also more to it than that.
I believe our little chat needs to be taken a step further to include the BENEFITS of replacing windows and doors.
Because as far as I see it there are three HUGE benefits to replacing windows and doors in an older house.
1. To save money
I personally don’t want to toss money away unnecessarily on expensive utility bills. And I’m sure you don’t either.
(There are so many more fun things to spend it on!)
I also don’t want to have to replace flooring and furniture prematurely because they’ve become sun-bleached near a window.
New windows and doors are more energy efficient, less drafty and they make it easier to maintain an optimal temperature inside the home year round. Plus they can help block out the sun’s harmful rays to protect your flooring and furniture.
Tip: To better protect interior furnishings, opt for Low-E (low emissivity) glass coatings, which help reduce heat transfer and ultraviolet rays that can fade carpets, walls and furniture. Low-E glass reflects heat back to its source, also helping to keep your home cooler in the summer and warmer in the winter.
2. To have a better sound barrier
Often overlooked, reduced sound transmission is a great benefit to new windows and doors.
We live in the suburbs, which means that our neighbors are fairly close to us.
Which isn’t bad. It’s just not always quiet.
I imagine with three kids in the house, the neighbors don’t always find us the quietest either!
New replacement windows help seal out the sounds of nature, traffic, or noisy neighbors — thanks to improved design and performance which enhances their soundproofing ability.
3. To look better
Next to saving money, this benefit is my favorite.
I am a design blogger, after all.
But it’s true for everyone.
New windows and doors can go really far in making your home look fabulous.
Like the icing on the cake. Or jewelry with a great outfit.
Tip: To keep the exterior appearance consistent, consider replacing all the windows on one side (or one level if it’s a two-story house) at the same time.
Bonus. Better Security.
New windows are also probably more secure than old ones, due to new locks and better design.
Which makes for a safer – and cozier – home all the way around.
Can you think of any other benefits to replacing your windows and doors?