There are many reasons to look at replacing the windows in your home. New windows may be needed to replace broken or damaged ones, to replace windows as part of a remodel or design change, or you want to save money by installing energy efficient windows and glass. Whatever the reason, new windows are a great investment for safety, aesthetics and energy savings throughout your home.
Many homeowners are concerned about the costs and effort in replacing all of the windows in their home, especially all at once. A common question we get from homeowners is whether they have to replace all of the windows at the same time. Simply stated, the answer is “no;” you absolutely can phase your window replacements in a timeline that suits your budget and other considerations. If you are planning to replace your windows over time, here are some things to consider regarding replacement schedule, costs and which windows to replace first.
Prioritize your replacement schedule in this order: safety, energy efficiency, cost and design. Safety should always be the first priority in window replacement. Immediately replace windows that have defective glass, show signs of rot along frames, or have other structural defects. Defective or damaged windows are likely to fail sooner, so put them at the top of the list for replacement.
Next, consider replacements to improve energy efficiency. Consider replacing single pane windows with energy-efficient ones which are substantially better for insulating your home. In some cases, a simple switch to energy-efficient windows can save you as much as 70% on heating and cooling costs throughout the year. At that rate, it won’t be long before the new windows pay for themselves.
Cost is always a consideration when looking at replacing the windows in your home. It’s a sizable investment, but one what generates immediate returns in energy savings, aesthetics and increasing the value of your home. If you plan to replace all of your windows over time, ask your supplier about the most economical way to schedule the work. For example, it might be more cost effective to replace six to eight windows at a time because the installation crew will spend the entire day at your home, rather than incurring costs of working multiple sites in a single day. Additionally, remember that your windows do not have to be replaced exactly as they were; invite recommendations for other window styles that will maintain or improve the beauty of your home and might provide a more economical option. While you’re considering options, look into tax savings or energy credits you may be eligible for with window replacement.
Replacing the windows in your home provides a great opportunity to consider changes to overall design. Windows can dramatically change the look, feel and lighting in any room, and replacing them provides the opportunity to change things up. Look around and ask about new window designs. You’ll be surprised at the number of options available and how changing a single window can have incredible design impact. Now is the perfect time to think about installing a larger window, or one with a different shape that serves to accentuate your living space.
For more than 65 years, Jack’s Glass has been a leader in glass repair, replacement and design. If you’re thinking about replacing the windows in your home, our Residential Solutions Team will provide an in-home consultation and recommendations for replacing the windows in your home to improve safety, energy efficiency and design, while keeping your costs in mind.
Jack’s Glass has excelled in glass repair, replacement and design for more than 65 years. Jack’s Glass provides repair and replacement for auto glass and custom solutions shower and tub enclosures and many other residential glass items. We also do custom glasswork for businesses, and proudly serve Cincinnati and Northern Kentucky with locations in Elsmere, Covington, Alexandria and Dry Ridge.