Why should I replace my old windows?
There are many reasons to replace old windows, especially those with single panes. Energy efficiency tops the list. Old windows have a variety of inefficiency issues, some that come from old technology and some that arrive with the wear and tear of old age. Basically, the money spent on a new window will likely be saved on your heating bill. Home maintenance issues can come into play from single pane windows as well, as they often frost on the interior side and increase chances of breakage and subsequent damage to the home. Also, the moisture that collects on the inside pane of a single-pane window could create issues; this moisture has no way to evaporate like it does in newer double- and triple-pane windows.
Old windows can just be a plain old hassle, too. They freeze, swell shut, squeak, look ugly and are generally inferior. Plus, the sealing on old windows tends to fail, leading to unhealthy mold within the walls of a structure. Last but not least is the fact that new vinyl windows are not as expensive as you would think. In certain areas, vinyl windows can get down to a price range of $300 installed. Consider the savings if they cut your propane or electric heating bill of $150 per month in half. In that case, a vinyl window would almost pay for itself in one winter!
If you're living with single-pane windows, the time to replace them is now, period. If you have outdated and inefficient double-pane windows, then it's worth considering replacing them as well. However, if you have old double-pane Pella windows and you upgrade to new, inexpensive vinyl windows, you may not be doing yourself any sort of a favor. If you can't decide, give Calfinder a call and we'll send a contractor out to help you further understand the why's and wherefore's.
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