Replacement windows for your home can be expensive, especially when the cots for the correct installation of those windows id added. On average, in the United States, the replacement of windows on a house will cost $12,000, a cost that many Americans may not be able to afford or at least, would rather not have to pay. It is therefore best in order to try and prevent this expense, to see if your currently fitted windows can be repaired rather than replaced. This is especially important because a study showed that 67% of contractors claiming to be able to replace windows; could not do the job properly, ensuring the maximum efficiency of the windows. Repairing windows that are not as efficient as they should be is obviously a cheaper option than replacing them and often is only a matter of changing the caulking around the frames or adding weather stripping to the sashes. Even by re-caulking and adding weather stripping to windows already fitted, you can improve their energy efficiency, even if you have not noticed a problem with them. If however you decide you have to install new windows, ensure that the contractor you choose to do the installation is competent and fully up to the task. In order to ensure this, check if they are licenced and if they have the proper insurance and even if they do, you can also go online and check if there are any reviews on the work they have done for others in the past. If the windows are installed properly and are the most energy efficient windows available today, you could find the savings on your heating bills are more than $500 per year but, I repeat, only if they are fitted correctly. Many DIY enthusiasts install their own windows and although most of them succeed in actually installing them, most of them later regret their actions as they do not get the savings they had hoped for on their heating bills. One of the signs that double or triple glazed windows have not been fitted properly is when condensation forms between the panes which means, full insulation has not been achieved and so they are not at their most energy efficient.
Although it is often those people with older homes, perhaps pre 1960s that will find they need to replace their windows for more energy efficient ones, if their home has significant historical value, changing the windows may result in a reduction of the house’s value. Obviously the windows play a large role in the overall appearance of the house and it is that appearance that can affect a house’s value. Many house, even older ones, had specific designs of windows fitted for a reason and the reason is often forgotten with age but, if that reason was for visual effect, any changes may be for the worse and so improving their efficiency may be a better option than changing the complete windows.