Are Replacement Windows Worth the Cost?
You could ask just about any homeowner why they put off a number of home improvement projects, such as updating their windows, and almost always get the same answer: money. A number of people are deterred by the price associated with bigger upgrades like replacement windows, and many even wonder if replacement windows are even worth the cost.
What Condition Are Your Current Windows In?
If you’re considering replacement windows in the first place, your current ones are probably starting to show signs of their age. Small blemishes like some chipped paint or rusted hardware usually don’t warrant a full replacement and can be easily fixed with some paint or repairs. However, if you’re having a hard time opening and closing your windows, feel drafts when you stand by them, or notice cracks or fog in the panes, then it’s probably going to be worth the cost of completely replacing them. Not all replacement windows are the same, however, so in order to get the most return on investment, you’ll need to be sure you’re selecting them based on:
The biggest reason why people seek out replacement windows is because theirs are falling apart. So, the best way to prevent this from happening again and avoiding the cost of another replacement for the foreseeable future is to pick windows that are built using quality, long-lasting materials. Some popular options include vinyl, aluminum, and fiberglass—and while these are all fairly durable materials, more window brands are going the composite route, Renewal by Andersen® included. This industry-leader offers windows that are built from an exclusive material called Fibrex®, which combines real wood fibers with other composites, including recycled materials. The result is an exceptionally strong and long-lasting window frame that will withstand years of outdoor exposure and use.
Another way to ensure you’re getting a strong return on investment with your replacement windows is by choosing ones that are decked out with energy-efficient features. The better your windows insulate your home, the less amount of heat can enter and escape it—and with heat staying where it should, your HVAC system won’t be constantly cranking to maintain a comfortable interior temperature. Can you say lower monthly energy bills?
Luckily, there are a number of ways that replacement windows can be energy efficient. Some features you should seek out include multiple panes of glass with some type of gas fill, low-E coatings, and weatherstripping. Frames also play as important a role in energy efficiency as durability, so this is where some materials outperform others. Vinyl frames are often filled with a polyurethane foam for enhanced insulation, while the combination of materials in Fibrex® frames form a thermal barrier between your home and the outdoors.
Windows From RBA of Greater Wisconsin Are Worth the Cost
As a part of the Renewal by Andersen family, RBA of Greater Wisconsin is proud to install its top-quality replacement windows. Crafted with sturdy Fibrex® frames, multiple panes of high-performance glass, low-E coatings, and all-around weatherstripping, these replacement windows are certainly worth the cost, providing you with years of dependability and energy efficiency.
Contact RBA of Greater Wisconsin today to discuss our replacement windows more in-depth and to find the perfect style and color combination for your home.