There are numerous ways you can improve your home to add value to it and make it a more comfortable and inviting place to live. One of the most important parts of any home is its windows, and if yours are looking a little shabby or not insulating your house very well, it will have a significant impact on your living space. Windows let in light and keep out the cold, and they should enhance the appearance of your property too. If you’re wondering whether it’s worth the expense and disruption, you should consider all the benefits of upgrading your windows carefully.
Insulation and warmth
Windows are critical for the insulation of your home. If they don’t form a perfectly sealed barrier to the elements, you can quickly get draughts, leaks, and damp problems. Having new windows will ensure there are no breaches in your home’s defences, and you will stay warm and dry this winter. New windows will also make a big difference to the noise levels in your home, reducing outside noise significantly and keeping your home quieter.
Modern window designs feature sophisticated locking systems to keep your home more secure, and double glazing is far harder to break than a single glazed window. If you install windows that lock with keys, you should find your house insurance premiums will be lower, because locking windows represent a proven deterrent to burglars.
Old style UPVC windows, or wooden frames and sills that are starting to rot, detract from the appearance of your home and make the whole building look shabby. When double-glazing first appeared, the designs were fairly standard, but now there is an extensive range of styles to suit both modern and period homes. For example, if you have a Georgian style building with sash windows, you can replace the old windows with new versions that look authentic but have all the advantages of modern materials and technologies.
Ease of use
Old windows can become stiff and hard to open, or they may instead start to loosen and rattle. Old handles may be hard to open and close, and if you leave an old window open a crack in the hot summer nights, it’s easy for an intruder to open the window all the way. Modern windows are much easier to operate, and many designs have security features that allow you to leave the window open enough to let air in, without anyone outside being able to open it any further.
Even if you’re not planning to sell at the moment, it’s always good to know you’ve added value to your home. New windows will increase the value of a property, and the effects will last for some years. They also contribute to the kerb appeal of your home, and if you are planning to sell, new windows are a worthwhile investment if you want to boost your asking price and attract more viewings.
If your windows aren’t doing the job they were intended to, it’s time to think about replacing and upgrading them.