When was the last time you checked on your windows? High-quality windows can last for 20 years, but if your windows are more than a few decades old, it might be time to check in on them and see if they need to be replaced.
New windows can improve the aesthetics and energy efficiency of your home and there are many more reasons to get new windows in the New Year. Here are the top five reasons to replace your windows in 2021.
Your Windows are Damaged
The top reason to replace your windows is if they are damaged, warped, or the window frame or glass is broken. Sometimes you can fix a window. However, in many cases, you will want to replace windows because they can fog up, let in a draft or struggle to stay open.
You Need to Reduce Your Energy Bill
Drafty windows can cause up to 40% of your heating and cooling costs. Energy-efficient windows can prevent heat from leaving in the winter or entering in the summer, keeping your home more comfortable and your energy bill lower.
New windows can save you from $236 to $366 a year. With the new year, it might be time to invest in more energy-efficient windows that can reduce your energy bill.
Your Windows Don’t Open and Close Well
Check that your windows can slide open and shut smoothly and easily. If they get stuck in any position, it’s not only annoying but also can pose a serious safety concern in the event of an emergency. Additionally, if you cannot secure the lock, then your home is vulnerable to theft.
Wood windows can be swollen shut and some windows are painted or bolted shut. If any of your windows don’t open and close well, it’s a sign that you should get new windows in the New Year.
You Want More Soundproofing
Do you hear cars driving by, train whistles, or your neighbors through your windows? You’re probably spending more time at home lately and may even have moved your office at home. Noise from the neighbors or outside can interrupt your day.
Most single-pane windows and even some double-pane windows will allow most sounds through into your home. You may want to consider new windows in 2021 that can absorb sound waves and give you a more peaceful home, and an environment conducive to work, study, and relaxation.
You Want to Sell Your Home
Windows can significantly increase the value of your home, especially energy-efficient windows. According to the cost vs. value report, on average getting new windows has a return of 73.4% (if you spend $16,802 on replacing windows, you get a return of $12,332).
Compared to other home renovations, new windows actually have one of the higher returns compared to remodeling your kitchen or adding a deck.
New windows can help you save energy, reduce your energy bill, and increase your home’s value. They are also easier to operate and will keep you safe and secure, and protected from loud noises outside. Especially if you haven’t replaced your windows in a while, 2021 might be your year to get new windows.