Replacement windows can dramatically improve your home’s appearance and livability — and we should know because they’re our signature product here at Comfort Windows. (We make all of ours locally in Liverpool, New York!) But because windows are a big investment, we want you to know all the details before you sign the dotted line. Here are eight things to keep in mind as you’re considering replacing your windows:
1. Comfort and beauty are the best reasons to replace windowsIf your home is at least 15 years old and you’re a) putting up with uncomfortable drafts, excessive outside noise, or water leaks; b) sick of poorly installed windows that stick in their frames; or c) hate, hate, hate the way your old windows look, then you’re a prime candidate for window replacement. If your ultimate goal is to improve your home’s comfort level or curb appeal, you’ll find the investment well worth it. We might be a little biased, but we think window replacement is one of the most satisfying home improvements you can make. We’ve specifically designed our windows to withstand the frigid winds and big temperature swings of upstate New York, and we can promise you’ll feel the difference.
2. Sometimes, however, repair is the better alternative.Once windows reach a certain age, we almost always recommend replacement. But there are some problems that can be repaired successfully, like isolated areas of rot or condensation, or air leaks that can be handled with caulking. We’re always happy to advise you on the pros and cons of any potential window project—just give us a call or request a free project estimate and tell us what your main problem is with your current windows.
3. Your home’s resale value will go up.You may not earn back your whole window investment in energy savings, but you’ll recoup as much as 70% of the purchase through increased home value, according to Remodeling Magazine’s Cost vs. Value Report for 2016.
4. You’ll perform less routine maintenance.Our double-pane, triple-pane, and ultra-secure QuadShield™ glass options are made to keep out the weather and will eliminate the annual hassle of installing and removing storm windows. Plus our water-resistant vinyl frames never need to be painted.
5. Other incentives may be available to offset your cost.As of 2016, a purchase of ENERGY STAR windows can qualify you for a federal tax credit of up to $500. And if you aren’t in the habit of checking with your local utility to see what incentives they offer for energy efficiency improvements (rebates, low-interest loans, etc.), you may be missing out on some key savings. The Efficient Windows Collaborative offers a state-by-state list of window-related incentives here, and the Database of State Incentives for Renewables & Efficiency is always a fun place to prowl for energy-related home improvement deals.
6. Proper installation is critical to getting the best results in terms of longevity, durability, and energy efficiency.We really can’t stress this enough. You can buy the most expensive and energy-efficient windows on the market, but if they’re installed poorly by contractors who don’t know what they’re doing, those windows won’t save you a dime on your energy bills, they won’t make your house comfortable, and they won’t last as long as they’re supposed to. If you buy Comfort Windows replacement windows, you’ll deal with us — and only us — from purchase through installation. No subcontractors. Ever. We’ll actually roll up to your house in our “workshop on wheels,” a 16-foot truck with only Comfort Windows pros, your new windows, and advanced installation tools inside. Pretty exciting, huh?
7. You don’t have to spend a fortune to get great results.Windows are an investment, yes, but we can actually accommodate a range of budgets. Even if you’re just in the beginning stages of considering replacement windows, get in touch with us to find out more about cost options. We can also help you find financing for your window project if necessary—we don’t make a dime off this service, so you can be sure you’re getting the best deal.
We know replacing your windows can be a little intimidating, simply because of the scope and cost of the project. But we’re here to walk you through your decision, without pressure, to help you make sure it’s right for you.
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