How To Boost Your Home Value With Windows

How To Boost Your Home Value With Windows
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    Investing in new windows improves your home's energy efficiency, reduces your utility bills, and boosts your home’s value.

    When you decide to sell your house, you can recoup anywhere from 60 to 90 percent of the money that you spent on energy-efficient windows.

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In the meantime, you will enjoy paying less for heat and air conditioning. When you are considering replacing old windows, learn what styles of windows return the highest investment in terms of value.

Double-Hung Windows

Double-hung windows are flexible and easy to clean, two reasons they are incredibly popular with homeowners. Double-hung windows open from the top and bottom sash, giving you more options to customize airflow in your home. Both the top and bottom halves of the window tilt inward for easier washing. If you complain about dusty or dirty windows, or are tired of paying to have windows professionally washed, you must try these windows. When you sell your home, homebuyers will love the convenience of these windows.

Sliding Windows

Sliding windows are ideal for replacing casement or crank-operating windows. Sliding windows open by sliding, much like sliding glass doors. Sliding windows work well anywhere that space is limited and reaching is difficult, like over the kitchen sink.

Bay Windows and Bow Windows

Ideal for first-floor rooms with a view as well as cozy nooks on upper floors, bay and bow windows add elegance to a home. These windows bump out from the frame of the house, giving you extra space on the inside. Some homeowners like to create a small seat on the inside or house a collection of sun-loving plants. Bow windows are curved and bay windows are angular, so you can choose the right style for your home.

No matter which type of window you choose, you will need to hire a professional to install the windows. Everything must fit exactly right to ensure peak energy efficiency and performance from your new windows.

Fixed Windows

Fixed windows can create a statement in modern homes. These windows can be placed together to form a glass wall that allows you to look out. If you have an amazing view or love watching wildlife in the backyard, a fixed window in the dining room can add impact, boost your enjoyment of the home, and increase value. Since this style of window does not open, you’ll need windows nearby that do open to allow a breeze to pass through. Otherwise, the room can become stifling.

Skylights

If your home is dark, skylights will bring more light into interior rooms. This can increase your sense of space in the home as well as your home’s ventilation. Hot air will naturally rise toward the skylights, making the ambient air more comfortable. Skylights work well in bedrooms, family rooms, and any room that feels dark or dim.

Awning Window

Ideal for small spaces, awning windows are a popular style. These open from the top and push out to allow a breeze to pass through. The slant of the window prevents debris and rainfall from entering your home, reducing your maintenance and protecting your home from the elements. Try an awning window anywhere you have small windows, from a converted attic to a finished basement. If you enjoy hearing the sound of the rain, these windows allow you to listen to the rain without the risk of rain entering through windows!

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All of these window styles usually come in a range of materials, including wood and vinyl. When choosing replacement windows, take the style and age of your home into account. If you have a historic home, select windows that are appropriate to your home’s style. A Victorian house would look odd with modern windows, and the value of your home could suffer as a result.

As you consider replacing windows in your home, reach out to professional window installers near you. These companies should provide a quote for window replacement, so you can budget accordingly. They will also discuss any considerations that could affect your choice of window and do everything to make the installation a success that adds value to your home.

About the Author:
Mike Peters is General Manager of Midwest Window & Door, which has locations in Montgomery and Elk Grove, IL. Midwest Window & Door specializes in replacement windows, doors and siding. It exclusively sells Marvin wood and fiberglass replacement windows.

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