SEATTLE, April 30, 2015 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) -- Porch.com (http://porch.com), the home network for homeowners and home professionals, reveals benefits homeowners should look in to when replacing windows in their homes.
“Window replacement provides greater comfort and enjoyment for homeowners, but can also lower energy costs, reduce outside noise, and provide easier home maintenance,” explains Anne Reagan, Editor-In-Chief of Porch. “And whether you live in high humidity or below-freezing temperatures, there are many types of windows to choose from.”
If you’re considering replacing your windows or wondering why you should, check out the following seven benefits.
1. Lower Energy Costs
Replacing your windows may be one of the most cost-effective home improvements you can make. Well-insulated windows keep extreme outdoor conditions from affecting your indoor heating and cooling system.
2. UV Protection
Most people love having natural light in the home, but excessive ultraviolet rays can cause fading in your home’s interior. Protect your home’s walls, floors, and furnishings by choosing windows that have Low-E insulating double-pane or triple-pane glass with argon that provide added protection from UV-rays – like sunscreen for your house!
3. Easy Maintenance
Replacing your existing windows with new quality windows that feature advanced designs will increase sustainability. Look for easy-clean features, durability, and quality construction. Innovative designs like between-the-glass blinds, shades or grilles not only contribute to less time spent cleaning, they can also reduce the dust and allergens in your home.
4. A Safer Home
Quality windows and doors are available with glass options that can increase the safety and security of your home. Tempered glass is less likely to cause injury when accidentally broken, as it is designed to break into small granular chunks instead of splintering into jagged shards. Laminated glass has a polymer interlayer that holds the glass together if shattered – offering added protection from potential intruders.
5. Noise Reduction
Reduce outside noise by installing high-quality windows with noise-reducing glass options.
6. Curb Appeal
While replacing your windows can reduce energy costs and increase security, the style, color, and material can also benefit your home. New and improved windows can boost your home’s curb appeal, adding visual interest and can help increase your home’s overall value.
7. Home Value
According to the National Association of Realtors, window replacement projects can return homeowners more than 78% of the project costs upon resale. Additionally, keep in mind that certain windows can provide protection from hot and cold weather. ENERGY STAR® certified windows will help keep your home cooler in the summer and warmer in the winter.
For more information on window replacement, contact a local window contractor in your area:
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