Living in an old home with old windows. Or maybe living in a home with windows that are not older but have some serious issues
Damaged and Broken .. Windows do not always need to be replaced. At times it is simply the weather stripping or hardware that needs to be replaced and so for that , it ends up being just a repair. However if they are unable to stay open, get stuck when you try to open them or get fogged up.. then it is time to replace them.
Energy Efficiency.. If you notice that your home windows have a cold draft, then it certainly may be time to replace them. Drafts will cause you to turn your heat up in the winter months and pour money into heating costs. In fact, it can cause your energy cost to go up by 10%-25%. If you replace your current home windows with energy efficient ones you will reduce your heating and cooling bill.
Esthetics.. Are you remodeling a home and it has functioning windows but they are just ugly. Windows can be a prominent feature on your home. If the windows look old and worn down, it will have a huge impact on your curb appeal. If you’re considering listing your home for sale, those new windows — and the resulting energy cost savings — can be a nice and big selling point.
When to be cautious. Is your home built before 1978? If you own an older home, you think it might contain lead paint and you’re considering a window replacement project, there’s an important environmental regulation you must know about.
The Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) passed a rule in 2008 that requires anyone doing renovation work on residential facilities built before 1978 to take steps to reduce the dust generated when the paint is disturbed. This is because it may contain lead from the lead-based paint. The regulation, called the Lead: Renovation, Repair and Painting (LRRP) Rule, requires any renovation work — and all door and window replacements — that disturbs more than six square feet of a pre-1978 home’s interior to follow rigorous and costly work practices to protect residents from exposure to lead, which can be especially dangerous for young children. The work must be supervised by an EPA-certified renovator and performed by an EPA-certified renovation firm.
Are you thinking how much is it going to cost me to replace my windows and will I go broke doing it? Well for starters, most companies that offer window installation offer financing! If they do not offer financing, then maybe you should shop else where. Financing shows that the company was able to get approved and are not high-risk and they have sales with past customers.