Benefits Of Replacing Your Windows & Doors
Benefits of Replacing Your Windows
There are so many great benefits to replacing your Seattle area home windows and doors it’s hard to fit it all in one place. We have designed this section of our website to try and help you break down three main categories of replacement benefits to you and your home. Below we have listed out the best reasons to replace your windows and doors for your home. You can also visit our Financial Benefits and Resale Benefits.
Improve Winter Comfort
It’s been proven through independent studies and real-world application that replacing your old drafty windows, especially those that are single pane can improve your home’s ability to sustain a warmer interior by as much as 50%. Today’s Energy Star rated windows are made with cutting-edge technology that combines energy-efficient frames with high-performance glass packages. Would you like to have a warm and comfortable home this winter.
Improve Summer Comfort
Often over-shadowed by their ability to keep the house warm in the winter time, Energy Star rated windows also offer very tangible benefits against the sun during the hot summer months. Yes we know hot summer and the Pacific Northwest may be an oxymoron, but when it does get warm here in the Great Northwest it can be uncomfortably hot in your home. And for those warm days, most of us don’t have the benefit of air conditioning. High performing replacement windows can reduce the level of solar heat gain into your home (yes you guessed it!) by as much as 50%. Imagine a nice, cool, and comfortable temperature in your home when it’s 80 degrees outside.
Increase Curb Appeal
Changing out your windows and/or doors can make an immediate and stunning impact on your home’s exterior. Our vast selection of window and/or door products offer you options that compliment either a contemporary or traditional style home. And with various exterior and interior trim packages that we have available, your windows and doors can add an even more dramatic impact on your home’s appeal. Would you like to see how you can improve your home’s curb appeal.
Many new window, and door products are designed with low-maintenance in mind. For instance, vinyl frames will never have to be painted, and fiberglass frames are inherently stable so their factory paint stays on for a lifetime. In addition, many of the hardware systems for windows and doors are made of durable, die-cast zinc or stainless steel material that go through thousands upon thousands of cycle-tests to ensure they will hold up in your home. In fact some window manufacturers today offer a full lifetime warranty to the original homeowner that covers both labor and materials. Wouldn’t you like that kind of peace-of-mind and low-maintenance from your windows and doors?
Improve Home Security
New windows and doors offer you improved security. All of the windows and doors that we make available to you have been tested for forced-entry by an independent national certification organization for our industry called AAMA (American Architectural Manufacturers Association). In addition, many of our windows and doors now offer multiple-point locking systems that make it nearly impossible to break-through the lock. Would you like to see some examples of these?
Reduce Sound Transmission
Another overlooked benefit of new windows and doors is in their ability to reduce sound transmission. Noise can come in many frequencies and from many sources. And with population density increasing every year, controlling sound transmission is becoming more important. Just as they are the weakest link in the building envelope for energy transmission, windows and doors are also the weakest link in terms of sound control in your building envelope. Would you like to hear about some of your options for reducing sound control in your new windows and doors?
Good For the Environment
Whether you believe in the greenhouse effect or not, or believe that our environment is heading towards a disastrous outcome, replacing your inefficient windows and doors has a positive effect on our earth. When you can use less energy to heat and cool your home, it means you’re tapping less into our natural resources and reducing the processing of those resources that often cause harm to our environment. Would you like to learn more about how new windows and doors can help our environment?
Reduced Energy Bills
Unfortunately for us that own or rent homes, we pay to heat and cool them. Equally unfortunate is the fact that exterior windows and doors are the weakest link of the building envelope in terms of allowing the transfer of heat and cold. Changing out your inefficient windows and doors with new and efficient alternatives can reduce your heating and cooling costs by over 25%. With rising energy prices, the dollar savings can be even greater. Wouldn’t it be nice to have a few extra dollars a month to use elsewhere?
Return on Investment (ROI)
What is the return on my investment for upgrading my windows and doors? This is a question that is frequently asked by our clients. Several sources indicate that the return on investment can range from 80% to 90% and many reports show that window replacement ranks in the top 5 for highest return on investment projects. Check out Demesne.info for more detail.
More home buyers are paying closer attention to the condition of the exterior envelope of a home. The energy efficiency of your home is becoming just as important as the layout of the kitchen or the comfort of the master bedroom, for example. With energy prices continuing to soar, home buyers are factoring in the quality of the windows and doors in their buying decisions. As competition rises for home seekers, improving your home’s exterior by upgrading to an Energy Star window can help separate your home from others on the market.
NEW! Tax Incentives and Rebates
The federal government is reinstating a tax credit in 2009 for upgrading your windows and/or doors to Energy Star levels. This tax credit is for up to $500. In addition to the federal tax credit, local Puget Sound Energy customers have an opportunity to earn up to $750 cash back on window and door replacements, just as long as the work is performed by licensed, bonded, and insured companies like Lake Washington Windows & Doors.
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