Windows are integral to the design and efficiency of your home. If you have an older home that you want to update, new windows are an excellent solution. Here are a few things to consider when replacing the windows in your home.
Consider Bigger Windows
Older homes tend to have smaller windows, owing to the technology of the time. One of the easiest ways to modernize a home is to put in larger windows. You may think that the structure of your home will prohibit installing larger windows, but window specialists can create new openings for window in many cases. Even brick homes can have walls modified so new window frames can be placed in. A larger window will open up your space and let more light in.
Prioritize Energy Efficiency
Is being green and sustainable important to you? If so, consider replacing your windows. Old windows tend to be drafty, reducing the energy-efficiency of your home. Your home’s energy efficiency can increase dramatically if you put in the right windows. You can save up to $340 per year in energy bills by replacing outdated single-paned windows with Energy Star–rated windows.
Modern windows are well-insulated, and new advancements such as double-paned windows filled with argon gas and low-e coatings do even better at retaining the heat and cold. Even better, you may be able to get a break on your taxes for these energy-efficient improvements. Consider Andersen windows, since Andersen has been an Energy Star Partner of the Year.
Add Windows Next
Remember what we said about making windows larger? You can also add windows to your home. For structural reasons (and because of cost), some older homes don’t have enough windows. Windows can be added over doors, over other windows, or next to windows. You can also give the appearance of adding a window by adding glass doors or front doors with glass panels.
Make sure to check the regulations for your property; finished basements and new additions might actually need windows large enough to climb through in order to be considered legal living spaces — without these egress windows, the basement or addition may be not be safe.
Make Sure the Windows Aren’t Historic
New windows are going to add energy efficiency and comfort to a home. However, if you live in a historic home, you may need to follow special rules when you replace your windows. Speak with your window specialist to find a style of windows that meets the rules but still satisfies your requirements for aesthetics and energy efficiency.
Remember to Have a Plan
When you update your windows, you can install window sills and trim that matches what you already have. But what if you want to update these items as well? If you want new sills or trim, you might need to update the rest of your interior to match.
Make sure you have a plan for the rest of your home; windows can do a lot, but they don’t do everything. Your window style should also be designed to match the doors of your home; you don’t want to marry modern, bold windows with a rustic, aged door. Of course, if you really love a certain window style, you can also replace your door to match it instead of the other way around — do your research first so you get the best results for the best deal.
If you want to give an older home an update, there’s no better service than JFK Window and Door. JFK Window and Door sets itself apart from the competition by offering staining and painting services to match your new trim to the rest of your existing trim on your windows and doors. Contact JFK Window and Door to schedule a consultation or visit our website today.