Replacement windows can be a great renovation for your home, but it’s important to choose the right materials. You might wish to select different materials based on whether you are keeping the home or reselling it. Here are some things to consider to ensure that you get the most out of your replacement windows.
- Wood is not the same as it used to be. Most lumber today is grown on tree farms, so the wood has not been able to age naturally. Modern lumber is not as durable as the type that was used decades ago, so you may want to consider an alternative such as vinyl windows. Another option is wooden windows with aluminum cladding, which helps preserve the windows longer by protecting the wood from the elements.
- The wrong windows can hurt your home’s resale value. Older homes that used wooden window framing can lose some of their aesthetic value (and resale value) if the windows are replaced with a cheaper modern material. Wood windows can be an important architectural feature to the right buyer, so you may want to match the original color and style as closely as possible.
- Extra panes really can make a cost difference. A lot of buyers think about energy cost savings when getting replacement windows. Dual-paned windows can be make it much more efficient to heat and cool the home if you’re replacing single panes. (The difference is much smaller if you replace storm windows with dual panes.) Triple-paned windows which are built with a layer of gas trapped between the panes really can cut down your energy costs.
Call Window Factory Outlet at 716-798-4157 in Buffalo or 585-208-6207 in Rochester for a free personalized estimate on your replacement windows today.