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Replacing old windows in your home, thankfully, comes with many benefits. Things like improving the appearance of your home, increasing its value and improving energy efficiency are at the top of the list. Everyone would like the value of their home to increase – am I right? I know I sure would. Window replacements can help with that. When choosing new windows think about the different styles, energy efficiency, and long-term ROI to maximize the value of your home. Let’s dive in…
Different Styles of Windows
The first thing to think about is what window style suits how your home functions. There are a variety of window styles to choose from. There’s casement windows, fixed picture windows, side slider windows, double-hung windows, bay windows – just to name a few. All of these windows serve different purposes and have different functions.
The double-hung window style is used all of the time. It consists of two vertically arranged panels, both of which can be moved all the way up or down. These windows are great in bedrooms or living rooms. My house has a lot of this style. I guess my house is pretty ‘normal’ in that aspect.
Casement windows are also used a lot. The main difference is that they hang on a hinge and swing out like a door. If you are looking to spruce up a master bedroom or kitchen, hire a local window company that offers bay or bow windows. These type of windows create a small nook in the room, allowing maximum sunlight. I have always wanted these type of windows yet have never had any. During building our houses, when it came down to priority these were sadly the first thing off the list.
When choosing replacement windows, think about the exact purpose and functionally of that room. It will help you narrow down your decisions.
If you are exploring the possibility of replacing your windows, you are likely already aware of the benefits of upgrading to energy-efficient brands. The number one benefit of replacing your windows is the impact it has on the energy efficiency of your home.
Are you losing a lot of air through your windows? Do you notice a slight draft? Do your windows get condensation in the summer months? These are all signs that your windows are not energy efficient and are actually costing you money. Replacing your windows with energy-efficient models can result in more money in your pocket. Something we all need.
Long-Term Gain of Replacement Windows
The thought of replacing your windows can be a little overwhelming. It’s no secret that upgrading costs a pretty penny. But replacing your old windows with stylish, energy-efficient ones will actually save you money in the end. Your home is one of your biggest assets. Treat it as such. If you are looking to add curb appeal and increase the value of your home, new windows will definitely help with this.
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.