Replacing your windows can help reduce your energy costs and improve your family's comfort. But it's a project that should not be taken lightly.
Lori Torres' century old home was in dire need of new windows. "They were old wood windows that were letting in the cold air in the winter," Torres says. "The warm air in the summer and starting to rot a little bit. Some were in worse shape than others, but we knew we needed new windows for our old house.
Common signs that your windows need replaced include wood rot and drafts. "The two most popular windows are still wood windows and vinyl windows" Chris Pasa, a Window Salesman, says. "Typically when you use a wood window it's a clad version, meaning it's a solid wood window but it's covered on the outside with either vinyl or aluminum, that way you don't have the upkeep and you don't need to worry about them rotting and things like that. And then the other window is a vinyl window, which is 100% vinyl. It's inside and out maintenance free and should last you a lifetime."
The style, shape and type of window will play a factor in its cost. A triple-paned, low-emissivity window will cost significantly more than a single-paned window, but will provide better energy efficiency and long-term energy savings.
"The most important rating system that windows have today is the U factor," Pasa says. "U factor is a number that they put on each window that tells you just how efficient it is. The lower the number, the more efficient that window is."
Angie's list says it's important that windows are installed correctly. Doing it wrong can lead to many problems like air leakage and loss of energy efficiency. It could also void your warranty. Remember that this is an investment in your house that is going to last for a long period of time so you want to know what kind of guarantees and warranties come with the windows."
Also, if you're concerned about the price tag up front, look at replacing your windows one-by-one over time as funds become available. Also, look into federal tax credits, which can help lower that up-front cost.
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