Know When You Need Window Replacement

Know When You Need Window Replacement

When is it time to get new windows?Knowing when the right time is to replace your windows can help stop damage to your home’s structure and help you avoid costly utility bills and repair costs. Each manufacturer sets its standard when recommending window replacement; however, the average window lasts between 15 and 30 years. Hardware, weather stripping, caskets, etc., may need replacement after eight years, depending on wear and tear. We look at six main items when recommending if a window needs to be replaced or not. 

1) Drafts 

Do you feel drafts around your windows? That is a sign that the window needs replacement. To test for a draft, place your hand around the edges of your window and see if you can feel any air coming through the seals. Another way to check this is by getting an energy audit. Energy auditors can run tests that determine the amount of air leaking out from around the window seals. 

2) Moisture

If you have double-pane or triple-pane windows, check them for moisture and condensation between the panes. These windows are built with a layer of air between the insulated panes to keep the weather out. If you find moisture between the panes, this means the insulation is no longer working, and homeowners should replace the window. 

3) Difficult to Use

Windows that do not work correctly need replacement. Meaning if you have a problematic window to open or close or a window that tends to slide down, as a homeowner, you would want to replace those windows. Over time, the frame and balance of the window can warp, causing usage issues. 

4) Broken or Cracked

This should go without saying, but homeowners who find a cracked or broken window should get the window replaced. Broken glass is a safety hazard and utterly worthless at keeping the elements out of the house. 

5) Gaps 

I recently went to a friend’s house, and the window in her kitchen had a significant gap in it big enough to slide a pamphlet through. Gaps between the window seals indicate that your window should be replaced. To check, look around your window. Do you see several spider webs in the corners of the window? Can you see the light shining through the cracks? As windows age, the materials expand and contract eventually; they become old and worn and need replacement. 

6) High Energy Bills 

No homeowner is ever happy to receive a high energy bill. Why would anyone allow high bills to continue? Before blaming these high bills on the kids in the house, check the integrity of your home’s windows by checking the items listed above. In Wisconsin, there are several programs that can help you with energy bills, and tax benefits for upgrading and replacing your windows with energy-efficient ones. Wisconsin homeowners can also save energy by obtaining a free “Energy Pack” from Focus On Energy. (Click Here for the Link) 

Each pack contains a variety of products, such as:

  • ENERGY STAR® certified light-emitting diode (LED) bulbs
    LEDs use at least 75% less energy than incandescent bulbs, producing less heat and more light per watt. Plus, they have a long lifespan, typically 15,000 hours or longer.
     
  • High-Efficiency Showerhead
    Efficient showerheads lower the gallons of water used per minute, without compromising performance—allowing you to use less water and potentially lowering water and heating bills.
     
  • Water-Saving Bathroom Faucet Aerators
    These simple screw-in aerators reduce water use in your sinks while providing the pressure you need to wash. Reducing your water use will save you money on the cost of heating your water.
     
  • Pipe Insulation
    Pipe insulation may be used on domestic cold and hot water pipes. Pipe insulation will help to reduce heat loss by up to 80% through hot water pipes and will stop sweating on cold water pipes.

 

Add a home windows check to your spring and fall to-do lists. By doing regular maintenance checks on the windows, homeowners can avoid major problems in the future. Remember, if any of the above items ring true, then it’s time to call High Quality Contracting, Inc today and get your windows quote. 

( Due to the pandemic, some window types may not be available. We will always do our best to get you the window replacement you want at a price you can afford. However, we have no control over the amount of time it takes to get the products in. Thank you for your patience. )

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6 Home Renovations with High ROI

6 Home Renovations with High ROI

We all want home renovations with high ROI. If you are trying to decide which home projects you should do first, or if you are considering listing your home soon, you may be interested to know which home renovations give you the best bang for your buck. You may be considering updating appliances, carpeting, and paint to be the place to spend the money, but, don’t be so quick. According to a recent article in US News and annual reports in Remodeling Magazine, you may be better off spending your money in other areas instead.

Here are six great projects to consider that offer the best return on your investment.

Kitchen Remodel

It is true that the hub of any home is the kitchen. A kitchen remodel can recoup anywhere from 65- 80% and add value to your home quickly. It is a crucial selling point for most buyers as well. When remodeling your kitchen, consider upgraded modern countertops, cabinets, flooring, and lighting. You do not necessarily need to make a complete overhaul of the kitchen, however, consider at least a few of these options to get that updated look. If the kitchen is closed off from the rest of the house, look at opening up a wall to allow for an open concept. This may mean the difference between a quick sale or one that sits on the market for months.

Bathroom Remodel

Another prime area for investment is the bathroom. Remodeling a current bathroom will recoup a higher return than adding a bathroom. However, according to Remodeling Magazine and the National Association of Realtors, if you only have one bathroom and multiple people are sharing it, an additional bathroom may mean the difference between a sale or not.
When considering upgrading your current bathroom, updated tiles, tubs, sinks and cabinetry is vital. Increase lighting and space where possible. If adding a bathroom, the placement of where this bathroom is can be significant. Many people enjoy having an en-suite to the master bedroom. Your High Quality Contracting, Inc. remodeling expert can help design the perfect bathroom for you.

More Square Footage

According to the National Association of Realtors,  a home renovations with high ROI include increasing your square footage. A homeowner can expect to recoup upwards of 69% for refinishing a basement, attic, or other space in a home. By increasing the livable space in a home, you can assure that you will dramatically improve your home’s value.

Research the going rate per square foot for living space in your area to get an estimate for the value of the increase.

New Windows

Remodeling Magazine states that you should not invest in the top of the line for a window upgrade if you are planning to sell. Instead, invest in a midgrade product that is energy efficient. It increases the possibility for a faster sale, as well as brightens the room. You can expect to recoup upwards of 74% on vinyl replacement windows.

Added Insulation

2017 Cost Vs. Value Report in Remodeling Magazine reports that the number one ROI investment into your home was professionally installed attic insulation. Because of the substantial improvements in insulation products becoming more energy efficient and lasting longer, this upgrade makes sense if you are planning to stay or leave. Not only do you lower heating and cooling costs, but, you ROI is roughly around 108%.

Updated Home Siding

This one is just common sense, one home renovations with high ROI is home siding.  Updating your home siding can improve many aspects of your home as well as enhance the chances of a sale. Realtors insist on creating curb appeal when selling your home, first impressions count. So what is the ROI for the siding change? That depends on the product you choose as well as making sure it is professionally installed. The foam-back provides at least three times the R-Value as the hollow-backed siding. This reduces the overall heating and cooling budget for the home. The price is higher than the hollow-backed siding, but, it pays off in resale value and energy costs. Choose from a wide array of colors and textures to meet the structure of your home. If you are a little unsure as to what products would best fit your home and budget, one of our siding experts can help you decide by explaining the options.

There are many other projects that you can do around your home that have a good ROI; however, these are our top 6 for this year. If you are considering selling your property, give us a call and set up a free consultation. High Quality Contracting Inc. can assist you in deciding which projects might best help you increase your resale value.