Friday May 12, 2017

4 Reasons Why Replacing Windows is a Good Investment

by Joann Whetstine

If you are considering buying replacement windows for your home, you may be wondering if it is a good investment. Your need for new windows may stem from the fact that your home is drafty, or you have a window that is stuck in the closed position, or perhaps they are over 20 years old and just look dated. Consider these four items as you decide whether or not replacing your windows is worth the cost and effort.

1) Comfort

If your home is not keeping you warm in the winter and cool in the summer, or, it feels drafty when you stand near your windows or patio doors, it might be time to consider a replacement project. High-quality, dual pane windows manufactured today offer many options regarding comfort and energy efficiency. There are energy packages available that are tailored for your exact climate, as well as glass thicknesses and glazing techniques to consider, depending on how much direct sunlight your windows receive. In addition to physical comfort, many homeowners notice a reduction in sound transmission with new windows, making street noise and barking dogs a lot less noticeable. A peaceful, comfortable home is one element of a good investment.

Windows that can provide comfort in my home

2) Beauty

Older homes may have windows installed that look very dated. For example, older aluminum can appear run down, discolored and may even have sloppy leftover paint on the frames from past owners DIY efforts whereas modern aluminum windows and patio doors can be sleek and contemporary. You can match your windows to your own style by looking at frame options available in wood, fiberglass, vinyl or aluminum. Whether you need modern, elegant or traditional, you can choose a window frame that conveys the look and feel you’ve always wanted and can bring you years of enjoyment as you look through your windows each day. Plus, you can even increase your curb appeal on the outside which is good for you now and great when thinking about selling your home later on.

Wood, fiberglass, vinyl or aluminum window options

3) Function

When you purchased your home, the style and placement of the windows and patio doors may not have been top of mind. As you’ve settled in, you may have found that a picture window that didn’t open, was not as convenient as having a casement that does because you wanted increased air flow. Or, maybe you have a large window that could be more functional if it were a sliding patio door or even a moving glass wall. Many homeowners are loving open concept living spaces and blurring indoor and outdoor living. It may be worth an investment to change your windows and patio doors based on how you’d like your home to function.

Moving glass walls create indoor outdoor living spaces.

4) Return on Investment

Remodeling Magazine conducts an annual survey of cost versus value on home improvements. This year, they reported that replacement windows in upscale homes have a 93% return on investment in the West Coast. That’s great news if you think you may sell your home in the next 5 years. If you put your home on the market, the buyers will be attracted to the increased curb appeal new windows can bring and they may even notice those comfort benefits as they tour your open house. If you’ve remodeled significantly and embraced the indoor outdoor living trend, that could also be a differentiator that sets your home apart from the rest of the neighborhood.

What is the return on investment for replacement windows?

When looking at the four factors above, you can see that replacement windows can be viewed as more than just a financial investment. When you consider your comfort, the beauty new windows can bring to your home and the ability to change how your windows and patio doors function, the rewards can be immeasurable.






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Not many people would think about it, but I am glad that your article goes over how replacing windows can be an investment. After all, may homes likely have outdated, worn, or even broken windows. By replacing them you can give your home a new look while also improving its security and efficiency.


I do like it when you said that replacing the old, outdated windows not only makes the house prettier, it also improves the curb appeal from the outside. If so, then I will definitely suggest this to my sister. She is planning to sell the house in the future, and she wants to know what she can do to increase the property value. Replacing the windows might help. Thanks for sharing!

improving my mom's house

I really like that you mentioned that with an older home, you can replace the windows and restore a lot of it's beauty. I have been looking for ways to make my mom's home look better, so we can sell it. I will be sure to consider replacing the windows.

replacing windows can increase curb appeal

I like that you said that replacing your windows can increase the curb appeal of your house which is beneficial if you're planning to sell your house. My husband and I are thinking of ways to sell our house fast and grab the attention of home buyers. I will make sure to consider replacing our outdated windows as soon as possible.

93% return on investment!

Wow, it's amazing that new windows in a home offer a 93% return on investment! That is a really good benefit because you would get close to how much the windows actually cost. We are thinking of selling our home in a year or two, and if we could get that good of a return, then it's probably in our best interest to replace our windows soon. Thanks for making us aware of this!


I think it's very important what you said about taking into consideration the material that we use for the windows and window frames. I've been wanting to remodel my house so I want to change my windows since they're so old, but I didn't know what to look for instead of the ones I already have. Thank you for the tips, I'll make sure to takes these tips into consideration when choosing new windows.

Windows as a financial investment

I didn't know that you can consider your windows as a financial investment, especially if you're going to sell your property in the future. I'll tell my mom to replace the windows first for her house remodel. I'll make sure to suggest using vinyl windows to upgrade the look and make it more comfortable.

return investment on vinyl replacement windows

I like how you mentioned that there is a 93% return investment on vinyl replacement windows on homes. I want to sell my house in a couple of months. I think that by replacing my windows with vinyl ones I 'll most likely be able to raise the value of my house enough to get a return investment on them.

Advantages of natural light

Thank you for giving me the idea to replace my windows based on how I'd like my home to function. I recently purchased a property with normal-sized windows and since I have always loved taking advantage of natural light, it might be better to have larger glass windows to welcome more light into my living room.

Sound reduced with new windows

It never would have occurred to me that new windows can help reduce the amount of sound transmission that comes into your home. A couple of weeks ago, there were some people that moved into the home next to mine and they have two really loud dogs that bark a lot. The barking is starting to drive my wife and I crazy, so it seems like getting new windows could be a good thing for us to do.


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