New windows and yes, patio doors, are great examples of home improvement projects. Most homeowners might not know when it is time to begin these projects, though. Fortunately, we have assembled this list of signs that you can follow.
There’s a Draft
Feeling a draft through your windows is never a good sign. In fact, this is one of the easiest ways to tell when you need replacement windows. Did you know that between 10-25% of a home’s heat is lost through the windows? That might not seem like a problem in the peak of summer, but once fall and winter arrive, you will begin to feel it. Higher-quality windows and patio doors can be designed with energy efficiency in mind.
The Windows Are Old
How old are your windows? For that matter, how old is your home? These age estimates may not be the same; however, if your windows are several decades old, then it is high time you replaced them. Single pane glass windows aren’t very energy efficient, and sadly, neither are double pane windows made before 1992. This year is when the ENERGY STAR program began. If that’s the case, then why should you invest in new windows? Windows that lack the proper glazing might not be able to deflect all of the UV rays entering your home. As a result, your carpets, draperies, and furniture can all fade due to sun exposure. Newer replacement windows have low-E glass built into them, which can make a positive difference.
You Can’t Open Them
Another notable problem is when you can’t open your windows. You should always be able to open them. Aluminum windows are subject to unusual swelling caused by temperature changes or the springs hidden inside simply getting old. Wood windows can get stuck due to painted frames. In both cases, you should consider upgrading to vinyl through the magic of replacement windows.
Too Hot Inside
On a hot summer day, you are probably more inclined to turn up the AC. that’s because it’s probably too hot inside your house. It speaks to an insulation problem that you can solve by upgrading to energy-efficient windows. You can also experiment by replacing the types of windows you have installed; swap picture windows for casements, awnings, horizontal windows, or double-hung windows, all of which provide better ventilation.
Home Improvement by Capital Remodeling
Capital Remodeling is ready to transform and beautify your home in Maryland, Virginia, and Atlanta this summer with quality home improvement services that will exceed your expectations. With our reasonable prices and flawless customer service, you will love the results. If you’re ready for a professional, all-inclusive, free quote, visit us online or give us a call at 1-800-300-6780. If you’d like to see our previous projects, follow us on Facebook, Pinterest, Houzz, Twitter, LinkedIn, and YouTube.