When you’re in the market to sell your home, you want to do everything you can to increase its value so you get a better return on your investment. There are hundreds of ways to do this – both with interior improvements to your home as well as exterior improvements to your home’s structure or property. From replacing the carpet to re-doing the exterior of your home, there are a lot of ways that you can not only increase your home’s value, but also increase its curb appeal.
One element of a home that many people often neglect is its windows. Windows are an important factor for the appearance of your home as well as its function and efficiency. The age of your home will be the first sign of whether your windows need to be replaced. If your home was built before 1978 and still has its original windows, it’s likely that the paint in your window frames still use led-based paint. If you live in humid clients, it’s also likely that your windows have developed mold or mildew over the years, even if you didn’t notice it. Additionally, it’s a known fact that older windows aren’t near as energy efficient as new products. Finding replacement windows with the right energy efficiency levels as well as the right style for your home can take a bit of research, but here are a few tips you can follow in the process:
Consider the material:
When shopping for replacement windows, you’ll find a lot of different options for the materials used in the product. It’s important to know the difference between these materials and how they affect the functionality of your windows. Some of the most popular materials used for replacement windows are vinyl, composite, wood, fiberglass, and aluminum. Each material does have its benefits, but you’ll mainly want to be aware of the type of function you’re looking for. For example, vinyl windows cannot be painted, whereas it’s easy to paint or stain wood replacement windows. Additionally, fiberglass windows provide much more strength and durability than vinyl windows, but aren’t as efficient as keeping cold air out. Before shopping for windows, you’ll want to have a list of your overall priorities for how you want your windows to perform in order to choose the best material.
Consider the cost:
Because there is such a variety in the types of material available for replacement windows, there will also be quite a difference in the price for each of those materials. Though some windows are cheaper initially, you’ll want to consider their life expectancy and also the savings for energy efficiency they offer. In other words, some windows may be cheaper initially but end up costing more in the long run than other materials. When you’re considering energy efficiency, look for the NFRC Label as well as the Energy Star label to ensure that the product us up to date with the latest energy efficient standards.
Consider the style:
Last but not least, consider the style of your new replacement windows and how they will affect the style of your home. If you choose vinyl windows, you’ll need to choose a permanent color for your window frame as that particular material can’t be painted. If you choose wood window frames, you’ll want to consider what type of stain best fits the style of your home. Additionally, you’ll want to pay attention to the type of grid you want your replacement windows to have. For example, a colonial window grid can give your home a completely different look and feel than a picture or perimeter grid. Be sure to see samples of each of the grid options so you can determine which option is best for the style of your home.