When it comes to windows, most homeowners consider their design and how this corresponds with the overall look of the home. If you are planning to invest in a home or another type of property, you need to look beyond the aesthetics and consider the way the windows function as well.
If you have a renovation project underway, ask yourself: Do you need to replace all the windows or can they be repaired?
Before you put your money down and start making plans for renovations, here are five things you need to know about windows.
1. Windows increase the value of your property
Most people may not notice or appreciate your efforts in having the windows repaired or replaced, but they can raise the resale value of the house. According to Remodeling Magazine, vinyl windows can provide you with 74 percent return on investment or ROI.
2. Larger openings make the space airier
For spaces that look small and cramped, one way to make them look bigger and brighter is to let the sunlight in. Adding more windows or bigger openings can make areas appear more spacious.
For investors, the size and number of wall openings are the key to making the property seem homier and helping increase its resale value.
3. The materials are vital
Some homeowners tend to be too concerned about maintaining the original look of the property that they will dismiss the idea of using alternative materials for any part of the home. And windows are no exception.
For a an energy-efficient wall opening that also brings significant savings, consider panes made out of PVC-U. PVC-U is a durable material and also comes in a variety of colors and styles.
4. Installation and replacement are not DIY projects
Having old windows replaced and new ones installed are not the types of projects that you should scrimp on or do on your own. Professional window installers have the equipment, the knowledge and the expertise to remove and replace these wall openings. They can have it done within a few hours, not days or weeks.
5. Windows can be replaced at any time
Experts may recommend spring and summer as the best times to get your windows replaced. During these seasons, the technicians can replace the windows more properly. The warmer months allow the caulking to set in better. However, since other homeowners are also thinking along the same lines, you may find yourself waiting for weeks or more for professional help.
On the other hand, if you schedule installations or replacements during the colder months, you may not have to wait as long; technicians may come over during the winter months.
The downside is the temperature. With cooler temperatures, moisture can seep in and affect the way the window was installed. Plus, the low temperatures may also affect the quality of the installation.
If you do need to have panes installed during the winter months, you may need to keep a closer eye on the process to ensure that the installation is done properly.
Important factors to consider when choosing windows
- Shading Coefficient (SC) — This refers to the amount of heat gain passing through the glass. Lower SC levels indicate that more light is blocked. These levels are recommended for homes or properties where the climate is hot. On the other hand, a higher SC is recommended if your property is built in an area where the climate is cool. With higher SC rates, more heat passes through the glass.
- Low-e glass — This colorless coating allows light to pass through the glass, but not heat.
- Air leakage ratings — These indicate the amount of air that passes through the gaps in your window.
At first glance, windows may appear insignificant. However, if you go beyond the aesthetics, you will find that these features can provide more for your home or property in terms of function and resale value. Keep these in mind when shopping for a house or property to buy or sell.