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Many young couples are eager to be homeowners — so a lot of them choose to buy previously owned homes which are often cheaper than new builds. However, they often find many things that need to be repaired, remodeled or replaced — this is often the case with old windows. Whether you have just purchased an older home or are thinking about replacing windows in your current home — here are five things you need to consider.
1. Structural Changes
When it comes time to replace a window pane, you may want to change the size and/or location of the entire window. Sometimes the placement of windows allows for too much or too little light. Other times you simply want to see more or less of the outside world.
Sometimes homeowners have worked designed a lovely garden space but are unable to enjoy it from inside the home because of inadequate size or number of windows.
If you are considering changing the size or number of windows in any room, remember that you will need to take structural changes into account. Will you need a permit to do this kind of work on your home? Talk to a licensed builder for more accurate and up-to-date information or contact your local planning authority. Never start any structural changes in your home without checking building regulations first.
If cost is going to be an issue — maybe you could qualify for a home improvement loan. You could also just change your windows one room at a time. We often do this when upgrading things around the house.
If you are only going to change a windowpane or add window treatments (to gain better control of light and privacy), the cost will obviously be way less than structural changes.
3. UV Radiation
Did you know that you can now get treated windows that reduce the amount of UV radiation that filters in? Well, you can. They greatly reduce the danger of those skin-damaging UVA rays and furniture damage. I know you’ve seen the fading strong sunlight can do to materials — think about your outdoor patio set.
You might want to consider glass or plexiglass windows manufactured with UV filters. You can also check out window treatments and curtains online that can offer maximum protection as well.
4. One Window Pane or Double Paned Windows?
Sometimes people want more sunlight in the home to reduce artificial lighting. Others might want more efficient climate control. Opt for double-paned windows. They are more energy-efficient than a single-window pane but might require structural changes to be placed in older buildings. Just keep that in mind.
Today’s homes have standard window pane sizes, but older homes were not usually confined to these industry standards. Cost may be an issue — so take the time to research before ordering odd-sized energy-efficient window pane.
In the long run, it just might be cheaper and more efficient to make structural changes to the size of the windows you are working with.
Then, there’s décor! There are so many types of window styles to choose from that it can be mind-boggling. From arch top windows to specialty shapes of all kinds — you are not limited to any one design when replacing outdated windows in the home. Always consider the theme of your décor when changing the shape of the window in any room because you want to create a complete picture where every component complements the others.
For example, arch-topped windows usually work well with ultra-modern interior design. If you aren’t quite sure what will work in your particular setting, talk to an interior decorator. Interior decorators and architects work with these issues day in and day out, so they can steer you in the right direction.
Let Your Light Shine
One thing you will quickly come to realize is that windows serve more than one purpose. Not only do they control the amount of light that’s exposed to inside the home but they allow you to see what lies outside as well.
Changing your windows should not be an overnight snap decision — so please take the time to understand what is involved before making the leap. You’ll be so much happier for that little bit of extra time and effort. You’ll quickly learn it’s not as easy as just changing a single window pane.
Krystle Cook – the creator of Home Jobs by MOM – put her psychology degree on a shelf and dived into a pile of diapers and dishes instead. She is a wife and mother to two rambunctious boys, sweating it out in her Texas hometown. She loves cooking, DIY home projects, and family fun activities.