One of the most requested renovations from homeowners is replacement windows. Because this is such a popular option for renovating a home, the FTC has created a shopping guide for consumers. Businesses who offer window replacement services haven’t seen much impact from the economy shifts but other home improvement categories have.
1. Energy Efficiency Improvement
Why replace your windows? One of the top reasons for homeowners to replace their windows is to increase or improve their energy efficiency. While Energy Star reports consumers can save from $126 to $465 a year just by replacing windows, using a window exchange service can bump those savings significantly. It’s important to keep in mind that how much money you save will depend mostly on your home and location. In addition, the trend has increased likely due to energy efficiency tax credits that many homeowners are taking advantage of.
2. Style Makeover
As with many things, it’s not uncommon for us to change our mind or want to improve something, especially when it comes to our home. Replacement windows are a great way to give your home a style makeover and significantly increase the appeal more than repainting would do. Don’t worry; a professional can help you match your new replacement windows to the existing trim of your home.
3. Function Improvement
If you’re looking to improve the functionality of your home, replacing older windows is a good start. The latest windows on the housing market right now provide beneficial features that older windows don’t have. Lower your energy bills just by installing double-pane windows in place of single-pane windows. The most requested window we’ve experienced is a double-pane window with low-energy glass and a vacuum-sealed argon fill. You can also request UV coatings for sun protection. Evaluating your window’s U-factor (measurement of heat lost) and SHGC (Solar Heat Gain Coeffcient) that measures how much heat enters, is recommended by the FTC.
4. Privacy Improvement
Windows play a big role in the privacy factors of a home. Homeowners are starting to pay more attention to their privacy and opting for windows that have built-in shades or other privacy features. You can have shades or blinds installed between the glass panes but operable from the outside. Because of the popularity these windows have gained, manufacturers have begun creating a variety of color and texture choices for every personal preference.
In addition to built-in privacy, smart glass technology windows are also gaining popularity. Imagine your windows darkening when it’s sunny outside and brighten automatically on the cloudy days. You might compare this technology to that of transitional lenses, but either way it provides more control over your privacy. If you’re looking to replace your windows, you won’t be limited when it comes to your options.
For more information on buying replacement windows, contact Tulsa Renew today!