Windows serve a number of important functions for a home. They help keep the weather out. They can also provide a pleasing aesthetic appearance. Finally, windows provide a barrier to keep out bugs and other larger members of the animal kingdom. Here are a few reasons why you might want to consider new windows.
Newer windows tend to be more efficient. In the old days, windows came with a single pane. This design did little to provide insulation for a home. Today, there are windows with two or three panes. The air between the panes tends to act as an insulator from the heat of summer or the cold of winter. This means that you’ll pay less for energy. Additionally, new windows can help you when it comes to drafts. Older windows did not always fit as well as newer windows. New models have more weather stripping, and installers will ensure that any gaps are caulked to keep out the weather.
Tied to drafts, but even more dangerous for a home are leaks. Older windows can tend to leak, which can allow water to seep into your home. Water can damage homes in a couple of major ways. First, there’s the threat of rot as the water soaks into your walls and floors. Additionally, wet conditions can lead to a mold problem, and mold remediation can cost well into the thousands. Getting rid of windows that leak can be a good way to avoid costly damage to your home.
Windows are made of glass. Therefore, they can crack and break. If you’ve got broken windows, you’ll also have some other threats. These can include:
- Risk of break-in
- More drafts
- More leaks
- That’s why it’s important to replace any window that might have a crack.
The lack of protection against UV rays is another problem that’s inherent with older windows. While most people think about UV rays in connection with sunburn and skin cancer, there is another problem. You’ve probably spent quite a bit of money outfitting your home. You may also have nice artwork or priceless family pictures hanging on your walls. Older windows provide little in the way of protection against the UV rays that will fade the colors of everything from your furniture to your family pictures. Newer windows come with UV protection that will keep the color on these items from fading.
Why climb a ladder outside to clean your windows? With most new windows, there’s no need to. The sashes in most newer models will allow the windows to tilt into your home so you can clean them easily. Additionally, vinyl will wipe clean with little effort. This is a major departure from older windows that were made of wood.
Purchasing new windows is an investment that will improve your home. Not only will new windows provide an aesthetic upgrade, they will also make your home more efficient. In the Fredericksburg area, S & K Remodeling is the contractor to contact for window replacements. Our experienced installers would love to help you update your home with new windows. Call us today for an estimate.