Window replacement is not the sexiest subject, but it is an important one to discuss for whoever wants to have a more energy efficient home, improve the look of their property and add overall value. With continuous new housing and renovations activity, more and more Canadians are turning their attention to their windows. In the U.S. alone, the demand for windows and doors replacement is forecasted to reach $34.3 billion by 2021, with an incredible bump of 4.8% every year.
So why replace a home’s windows if they seem to just have some cracks here and there but otherwise work fine? The reasons are numerous. First of all, industry specialists estimate that windows have a lifespan of 15 to 20 years which means that many can appear to still be performing at their best, but underlying issues cause heating and cooling loss. There’s also the case where window damage is addressed with temporary fixes which is not only aesthetically unappealing such as frame wrapping, but also inefficient. When it comes to windows, a quick fix is never a good solution.
Secondly, windows that leak, get stuck often, have soft frames or other similar issues can contribute to at least a quarter of the average household energy bills. As the climate continues to change with heat waves being more intense and longer lasting as well as harsher cold temperatures, energy costs will soar and every aspect that can be a cost saver will draw more attention. It’s actually now more important than ever to start thinking about replacing windows before a frenzy will unravel and the costs will go up.
Third of all, new windows mean a refreshed look and who doesn’t want that? And there are so many options available nowadays such as double-hung, casement, tilt and turn, fixed, slider, hoppers and so on, which can meet the needs of even the pickiest customer. There’s also a lot to consider in terms of shapes and patterns. In the end, new windows can let more light in or on the contrary, control the light that comes in for instance in the bedroom, and offer an overall improved aspect. When it comes to glass choices, there’s also a lot to consider here. Double-pane windows are better at preserving heat and cool by 37% more than single-pane ones and are less vulnerable to condensation. Triple-pane ones are considered great barriers against heat and cold as well, cutting the temperature transfer by 30%. Not to mention there are options for noise reduction glass and windows which can zone out all the outside racket by 75% to 95%. This is an extremely important benefit especially for homes situated in busy city areas or loud neighborhoods.