Five ways to tell if you need new windows
The first step in replacing the windows in your home is understanding if replacement windows add value is you asking the question – do they need to be replaced? Unless a window is absolutely failing or broken, it might seem like an unnecessary expense. Here are five ways to tell that it is time to replace your windows – especially with the extreme weather we face here in Houston.
Higher energy bills
If your windows are not Energy Star rated, you could be greatly increasing your heating and cooling costs. Not to mention that as windows age and without proper maintenance and/or installation, cheaper windows contract, causing leaks and higher bills.
If you can feel a draft, you know something isn’t right with your windows. But here in Houston, our temperatures aren’t chilly enough to notice for most of the year. Your windows don’t have to be drafty to need to be replaced. Energy efficient windows will keep your conditioned air indoors.
If you are noticing condensation or frost on the inside of your windows, it’s time to replace them. When warm, moist air contacts a cooler surface, such as a window letting in cold air, it can’t hold as much water vapor, so it condenses onto the cool surface. This also causes frost on the inside of windows during the summer.
Hard to open/close
Windows can shift and contract over time, making them difficult to open and close. They also build up dirt and debris when not properly maintained, whereas new windows glide open and shut, effortlessly.
Internal seal failure
If moisture gets between the window panes, it can cause a discoloration of the window. This can be a sign of excess moisture, even if the discoloration is not wet. With the added pressure of homes having faced Hurricane Harvey, this is an important one to pay attention to. When seals fail, there is potential for mold, mildew, and bacteria to develop within the frame chamber or around the glass unit.
Perhaps this list has solidified your decision to replace the windows in your home, or perhaps you still have questions. Superior Window Company is rated one of the best in Houston for replacement windows and doors and they can answer all your questions.
So, what are the benefits of replacing the windows in your home?
Five benefits of replacing your windows
Make your home brighter
Good, quality windows, like those from Superior Window Company, let in more natural light, making your home brighter and more enjoyable. Research has proven that natural light helps people be more productive, happier, healthier, and calmer. Beyond that, utilizing the natural light available in your home can reduce your energy costs by reducing the need for lighting in your home.
Another added benefit of replacing your windows is noise reduction. This is especially beneficial if you live on a busy street, or in a bustling metropolis like Houston. Replacing your windows may reduce your STC Rating by 50% or more. Increasing the peace and quiet in your home can have real health effects too, such as better sleep and decreased blood pressure.
More energy efficient
Quality replacement windows are certain to be more energy efficient, especially those crafted by Superior Window Company. Replacing the windows in your home can significantly reduce your energy costs. Much of the energy loss in your home occurs through your windows and doors, namely through the glass. Poorly constructed windows or older windows allow heat to enter during the summer and cold to enter your home during the winter, costing you more in higher energy bills. Their poor-quality materials and inadequate design just don’t stack up when compared to the energy efficient windows of Superior Window Company.
Increased home value
New windows just look better and instantly increase the curb appeal of your home. This adds value whether you’re planning to sell your home or stay for years to come. If you are planning to sell your home in the near future, buyers always love additional upgrades, and of course this includes custom windows. New windows will help you command a higher selling price. One site even states that replacing your windows can increase the value of your home by as much as 20%.
If you are planning to stay in your home, you get to enjoy the tremendous increase in curb appeal that replacing your old windows will bring. Wood windows may deteriorate in their looks over the years if not properly maintained, while cheaper vinyl windows may not stand the test of time and weather, if not properly installed. Superior Window Company windows are made specifically for your home, and installed by quality, caring professionals, so you know your home will look amazing.
Wood windows require a lot of maintenance work, like sanding, resealing, and painting, on even a yearly basis. This takes a great amount of time, especially if you have a large home. Often this work is necessary to maintain the warranty on many brands of windows, but is also necessary to keep the wood windows functional with our extreme Texas weather. Superior Window Company has a multitude of replacement window solutions that require less maintenance, even if you are beholden to architectural or historical mandates. If you simply enjoy the look of wood windows there are many options for purchasing windows designed to look like and match the existing wood trim in your home.
If you have noticed any of the above failures in the windows currently installed in your home – drafts, higher energy bills, failing seals, frost or condensation inside the glass, or trouble with opening and closing them – it’s probably time to consider replacement options. Replacing your windows is not something you want to wait until the last minute to do, especially with the extreme weather we face here in Houston. Considering what an enormous impact your windows can make on all the other areas of your life, why would you wait? Replacing your windows will lower your energy bill, increase the value of your home, save you work, and increase the peace and happiness of your home. With Superior Window Company you know you’re getting a superior quality product. There’s a reason why they’re one of the best window companies in Texas.