In this post: We’re sharing our thoughts on the great things about replacing windows and doors.


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.

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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.

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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. 

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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.

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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.

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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? 

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THIS POST WAS SPONSORED BY PELLA. TOGETHER OUR GOAL IS TO HELP YOU UNDERSTAND WHEN TO HOLD ‘EM AND WHEN TO FOLD ‘EM. ER, WHEN TO MAINTAIN YOUR OLD WINDOWS AND DOORS AND WHEN TO REPLACE THEM. YOU KNOW WHAT I MEAN. :)
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6 Comments

  1. Thank you for the help. My wife and I moved into our new house and it is pretty old. I like the idea of replacing the windows because of blocking out sound, as you mentioned. Right now they don’t seem to block out much sound at all. What should I look for in a window that will be better at blocking out sound?

    1. The best advice I’ve got is to ask the supplier and read the literature. Find out which windows are more sound proof.

  2. I appreciate your tip on how replacing your windows and doors can save you money on your utility bills. It seems that any initial cost of replacement would soon be made up by the savings on your bills. My wife and I moved to a new house recently and the windows are fairly old, maybe we should replace them to save us money on our utilities.

  3. When I think of replacing windows, I think of because it is broken, or the new one is more cost effective, etc. I don’t usually think of windows as sound barriers, but I think that they can be very good at it. I bet they would come in handy if you had to sleep during the day, and wanted to keep noise out.

  4. Saving money is something that everybody likes to do. My wife and I recently replaced the windows in our older home. It is so warm in here! They are so much more efficient and attractive. We have saved a lot of money in energy costs.