replacement-windows-worth-it.jpgMost Pittsburgh homeowners know cost-saving benefits of modern, energy efficient. However, those same homeowners can put off installing new windows in favor of avoiding the up-front costs. Here are some reasons why, regardless of the sticker shock, you should move ahead and replace your old windows sooner, rather than later.

Window Repairs = Tripping Over Dollars To Save Pennies

A quick repair may seem far more attractive – and far less expensive – than replacing your windows. However, window repairs rarely stop at just one. Old windows only get older, which means gaps only get wider, rot only gets worse, drafts only get colder, and you’ll be stuck in a never-ending cycle of “quick fixes” that never really “fix” anything. The costs of constant window repairs add up over time, and the money you spend could be going towards a much more productive investment in your home’s value and energy efficiency.

The most common window repairs are: difficulty opening or closing the window, failing window seals, broken locks, outside noises coming indoors, rot and condensation. These issues are signs of inefficient and outdated windows, draining money out of your bank account each day. By replacing your old windows with new energy efficient replacement windows, you will have to put out more money up front, but you will save money over time, not to mention the freedom from frustration that comes along with fixing a window every couple of months or more.

Replacement Windows Protect You & Your Home

If you have windows that are difficult to open, it’s a matter of safety. You want to be able to get out of your house quickly in case of an emergency like a fire. A stuck window can be a matter of life or death. Installing replacement windows is a great way to be sure you’ll be safe in case of an emergency - truly an invaluable investment.

Windows with faulty locks can also leave your home and family vulnerable to intruders. If you can slide your window open even in the locked position, so can a ne’er-do-well who wants to steal your belongings or harm the people inside. Using a brick or other visible means of keeping a window shut only advertises the vulnerability.

Replacement windows also protect your house against moisture and water leaks which can lead to mold and mildew, situations that can cause health issues for you and your family. Once water damage starts in your walls, the problem becomes a much bigger health concern, and can become extremely costly to fix.

Energy Efficiency Saves Big Money And Improves Comfort

New replacement windows are energy efficient and can save you 10-25% each year on heating and cooling bills. While the initial investment can be significant depending upon the type of windows you choose, it will be paid back to you over the years in cost savings, and will keep you more comfortable in extreme temperatures. Energy efficient windows also guard against UV rays, and can block up to 95% of the harmful beams shooting into your home. This helps regulate the heat in your home and protects your furniture and carpeting from fading.

Replacement Windows Improve Curb Appeal & Home Value

New replacement windows increase the value of your home, both on paper and with curb appeal. If you ever have to list your house, your real estate agent will be able to show you just how new windows impact your listing price.

If you are considering replacing your old, inefficient windows, the team at Legacy Remodeling in Pittsburgh is ready to help. We can walk you through the process of selecting windows that will help you save money on your energy bills and will improve the look, feel, and value of your home – all within your budget. Contact us today to learn more.