If you live in Texas, you’ve likely considered an investment in replacement windows. When it’s cold outside, we Texans need it to be toasty inside. The other 360 days of the year, we need it cool. So, if your older windows are single-pane, decaying, or simply letting air leak through, you’re probably wondering if new windows could be a good investment.
FYI, the ROI is enticing. Experts note that you can expect a return on your investment of 70%-80%. That high number suggests there is more than one benefit. It’s true. There are multiple reasons why you should consider investing in quality replacement windows — beginning with savings on your power bill.
Homebuilders are incentivized to keep their costs low and profits high. Chances are the company that built your home cut costs by using inferior windows. And if your home is more than 30 years old, it’s safe to say that your windows aren’t energy-efficient ones either. That’s a lot of homes throwing money out through their windows.
Older windows can cause your heating and cooling bills to be higher than they need to be. According to the U.S. Department of Energy, energy loss attributed to windows accounts for 10%-25% of the annual heating and cooling costs of the average American home.
Modern windows feature items such as insulated glass, multiple panes of glass, and tinted solar-reflective technology. These will save you money on your utility bill and likely make you feel pretty smart, too. These modest savings may not seem like much at first, but they can add up over the lifespan of your windows.
Improved Home Resale Value
If you’re considering selling your home in a few years, a new window investment will improve your home’s curb value, increase its marketability, and help you command a higher selling price.
The specific value of your window replacement will depend on the area you live in as well as the type of window you purchase., but you can always count on buyers wanting homes with modern amenities. Buyers also tend to seek homes that have lower electricity bills.
Even Uncle Sam gives a thumbs up to window replacement. Taxpayers who upgrade their homes to make use of renewable energy may be eligible for a tax credit to offset some of the costs.
Depending on your specific situation and current conditions, you could claim a tax credit when you replace windows with modern ones. Generally, homeowners can claim 10% of the cost of qualified energy efficiency improvements. You can visit irs.gov and explore Form 5695, Residential Energy Credits, to find more information about these credits.
Let’s make some noise for this next benefit — noise reduction. Sound pollution can induce stress and cause you to lose valuable sleep, but new windows can change that with a variety of technologies that reduce noise traveling into your home. Yes, new windows are a sound investment that can insulate your home from many things, including the noise outside.
Better for the Environment
Speaking of reducing pollution, the lower energy usage provided by modern windows means that your home requires less power generated by fossil fuel sources such as natural gas and coal. This decreases the carbon footprint of your home and makes it more environmentally friendly.
The environment inside your home will benefit too. When you buy new windows and have them installed correctly, you will find less condensation buildup. This leads to a reduced risk of mold, which is often responsible for allergies, eye irritation, and more.
It’s unlikely any cleaning service will give you a cash discount for reduced window-cleaning time, but if you clean your windows, you may save some elbow grease. The UV-resistant coatings on energy-efficient windows eliminate most visible water spots and dirt buildup, so you’ll spend less time cleaning and maintaining the appearance of your windows.
Reduce Fading in Furniture and Decor
Harmful UV rays can damage rugs, carpet, upholstery, wood, and more. Energy-efficient windows made with a special coating can block out 98% of these possession-damaging UV rays.
Most contemporary replacement windows come with fairly extensive and prolonged warranties, adding value to your decision. When you decide to buy replacement windows, make sure to choose a company with an extensive and prolonged warranty. If you choose a warranty that transfers to the next homeowner, you’ve just added extra value to your home.
Comfort, Comfort, Comfort
Of course, the cost of custom windows is not the only way to measure their worth. The best replacement windows will help your home be more comfortable year-round.
Investing in High-Quality Windows
Do you need new windows? Probably. Will your investment provide benefits? Absolutely.
When you invest in new windows for your home, you are making a smart decision that adds value to your home and benefits to you. Hey, your home is likely the biggest investment of your life, and it deserves the attention.
But all replacement windows are not created equal.
Do your homework and seek reputable companies such as Anlin. With leading-edge technology built right in, their windows are the most energy-efficient dual-pane replacement windows in the industry, boasting two high-tech insulated glass system options that exceed Energy Star requirements. Anlin Windows also offer tinted solar-reflective technology, the ultimate technology for combating extreme solar heat. Sounds literally cool, right?
Plus, Anlin’s replacement windows are backed by one of the most inclusive lifetime warranties in the industry. Anlin’s lifetime warranty coverage is also transferable to one subsequent homeowner should you sell your home, giving you two lifetimes of quality windows for the price of one. That may just tip a homebuyer to your side of the fence.
At Clarity Windows & Doors, we handle the entire installation process from beginning to end. If you’re ready to have your windows replaced with Anlin Windows, or if you just have some questions about investing in new windows, call us anytime or stop by our showroom in Southlake. Our experts can provide a free in-home consultation and let you know how effective your current windows are, or we can go ahead and schedule a time for you to start preparing for a new home window installation. We look forward to talking to you about your new investment.