Windows are easily forgotten and quick to be compromised on your budget. When you’re building a new home or remodeling you may want to focus your dollars on big spaces that have more visual appeal – living rooms, kitchens, and bathrooms. Those are great spots for investment, of course. It can be tempting to choose the cheapest windows possible. After all, they’re just windows right? Wrong.
Maybe in our grandparent’s day windows were all about the same quality. Windows usually last 20+ years if they are taken care of well and installed correctly, so just picking something basic was an effective choice. Windows simply need to be functional and they should last for a long time, so install and forget about them! Not anymore.
Today there are a wide range of options for your windows. Styles have changed dramatically from the standard windows in the home you grew up in, and you may not even be aware of all the different styles available. Thickness, materials, films, tints, and more are also available to help you create the most efficient home for your needs.
Thick or multiple-pane glass can help you sound-proof or shatter-proof your windows if you have kids, young neighbors, or a park nearby that can threaten your peace. Tinted windows or window films can help reflect direct sunlight to keep your home more energy efficient and comfortable if your home is oriented toward direct sunlight for much of the day.
These windows will cost more than the average cheap options, because their productivity and quality is much higher. But are they worth it? It depends. Upgrading for style can be very worth it if you’re remodeling an older home that needs modernized style for future resale value. Upgrading for thicker and quieter windows can save you money on future repairs and replacement. Windows that reject heat transfer through thickness, tints, or film can save you money on your utilities bills to keep your home more energy efficient. High quality windows will keep your expensive air conditioning inside your home, and keep extreme temperatures outside.
Upgrading your windows to a more expensive and higher quality option can pay off in the long run – depending on what you need. Take some time to think about what you want and need from your home in the future. Where are your remodel or new build dollars going? It may be worth considering a higher quality window to build up your future. Decided its time to upgrade your old windows? Contact us today to see what we can do for you!