Upgrading windows should rank at the top of the list of home improvement projects. Why? You’ll save energy and boost the home’s value. Read on to find out why it’s time to update your windows.
Move to Energy Efficient Windows
Windows account for 30 percent of heat gain or loss. If you have air escaping through the window, you can use caulk and weather stripping, but they only serve as a temporary fix to a larger issue. Think about the savings you’ll get from replacing windows with energy-efficient models. You’ll find the benefits far outweigh the costs. Still, there’s more to consider. Besides the type of window (glazed or gas-filled), you also need to think about the design (fixed, sliding, casement, or double-hung). To find the most energy-efficient windows for your home, check the U-factor, frame type, and Energy Star rating to find out if the windows will perform well in the climate where you live.
Paint the Frames
Depending on the type of frame around the window (wood, vinyl, aluminum or fiberglass), you may want to add a coat of paint. Wood frames offer the best insulation value and can be painted to match the house. Selecting a paint color that contrasts with the rest of the house can be a costly mistake in a competitive real estate market. Go with neutral rather than bright colors for the best return on your investment. Keep in mind, prepping is essential to ensure the paint goes on smoothly. To prepare the surface, you’ll need to scrape off old paint, fill holes with putty, sand the trim, and prime the frame.
Add Exterior Shading
Awnings help guard windows from the sun. As a result, the temperature in the home lowers, and the air conditioner doesn’t have to work hard to cool the home. The extra layer of protection also shields the glass from flying debris. Another benefit of installing shading devices is the ability to safeguard your privacy, preventing prying eyes from looking straight into the house. Opt for retractable devices, so you can let in as much or as little sun as you desire.
Based on design factors and climate, you may want to make various window upgrades throughout the home. Analyze the benefits of energy-efficient models, switch out windows that are beyond repair, take care of frames, and consider shading devices that allow you to control the amount of sunlight that enters the home.