Nothing ruins your home's appearance like dingy outdated windows. Some homeowners may believe that windows never need to be replaced. With the inception of central heat and air, some people never open their windows.
We have fancy window treatments and state-of-the-art blinds to shield windows from the inside. Outside windows may be blocked by high hedges.
Whatever the reason you are not paying attention to the condition of your windows, it's time for an inspection. Not only can the windows be damaged, but you could also be paying higher energy bills.
Is it time to replace your windows? Keep reading for five telltale signs it's time to go window shopping.
1. The Windows Won't Open
Windows that aren't opened often become difficult to open. One reason is that as time passes homes will settle. The settling can cause a misalignment of window frames.
Even if it is only for maintenance purposes, homeowners should open their windows multiple times throughout the year. By doing so you can catch hidden structural problems earlier.
2. You Need to Replace Your Windows for an Insurance Credit
Insurance companies offer credits to homeowners for a variety of reasons. If you live in an area prone to hurricanes, one credit is for the installation of hurricane-force windows.
These windows come in many contemporary styles. More important they are designed to withstand the impact of flying debris during a storm.
Other incentives for installing these type windows include manufacturer's rebates and possible tax credits.
3. Replacement Windows are No Longer Available
Another reason to get a window replacement is if the style is no longer available. You have a mishap and a window is broken. At the home improvement store, you learn your model is either out of stock or no longer in production.
This is a great reason to give your home a new look. it'is a perfect time to replace windows with more energy-efficient ones to lower your energy bill.
4. You're Doing a Home Remodel
Any time you decide to remodel your home windows should be factored in. New windows brighten up a home's outer appearance. Plus, it doesn't make sense to invest in a new updated look and still have old outdated windows.
The cost of adding new windows can easily be absorbed into the cost of the remodel.
5. You're Thinking About Selling
Homeowners considering placing their home on the market should definitely look into installing new windows. It will do wonders for your curb appeal. In addition, new windows will get an immediate return on your investment for the replacement costs.
Consider what styles are popular and compare them to newer homes in your area.
Do Your Windows Need an Upgrade?
New windows can give your home a whole new look. When it's time to replace your windows consider it an investment and not a repair.
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