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The windows in your Hawaii home provide clear views outside, but this isn’t their only purpose. You can open your window when it is nice outside to let the fresh air in. You can also close the windows when it rains.
If your home is 15 to 20 years old, you should consider having replacement windows installed. According to Ecohome, the thermals in windows have a lifespan of around 20 years; and around this time, you should have your windows replaced.
If you aren’t sure whether replacement windows are worth the cost and the hassle during the construction process, you should consider the way your home and family can benefit from having your windows replaced.
#1 Clear Views Outside
Hawaii is a beautiful place, and if you are like most people who live here, you often like to look out the window for the beautiful views.
Over time, tiny scratches can develop on older window panes, which can obscure your view. In addition, older window panes can develop a yellow tint, which can also obscure your view.
If you replace your windows, new window panes will be installed with new window frames that are free of anything that can affect your view out the window.
#2 Better Insulation
Summers here can be very warm, and many homeowners rely on their air conditioners to stay cool during the summer.
If you have old windows, you could be wasting money on your cooling costs. As mentioned above, the thermal insulation in older windows can degrade after 15 to 20 years. When this happens, the cool, air-conditioned air pumping into your home will escape through the windows, causing the air conditioner to work harder than it should to keep the home cool. This will increase your cooling costs and put excess strain on the system, reducing its maximum lifespan.
Replacement windows are designed with excellent insulation that will keep the cool air in, protecting your air conditioner and your bank account.
#3 Easier To Open and Close
If the windows in your home are old, they can be difficult to open and close. If the frames are made of wood, they can swell due to the humidity, making them difficult to open and close. In addition, the window tracks can become damaged, dirty, or worn out, also making it difficult to open and close the windows.
If you have new windows installed in your home, you will be able to open and close the windows easily.
#4 Easy Maintenance
Interior and exterior window frames were once made of wood, and they are often painted. Over time, the paint can start to chip, affecting the appearance of the inside and outside of your home. To resolve the issue, you will need to sand and repaint the window frames, which can be time-consuming.
Replacement windows are made of fiberglass, and they don’t need to be painted. The most maintenance the interior frames will need is a quick wipe down with soap and water when they get dirty. A quick spray with the garden hose will clean the exterior frames. This is much easier than maintaining old windows.
#5 Easy Cleaning
The best way to get a clear view from the windows in your home is to wash the windows regularly. If your windows are old, cleaning the window panes can be time-consuming and dangerous.
Cleaning the interior pane is easy, and it can be done from inside the home. Cleaning the exterior panes is more complicated. You will need to climb a ladder to reach the top of the first-floor windows. If there is a second story in your home, washing the windows can be even more dangerous. It takes just one misstep to fall from the ladder, which can result in serious injuries.
Replacement windows are much easier to clean. When you are done cleaning the interior pane, the window folds in so you can clean the exterior pane safely from inside the house.
#6 Added Security
The locks on older windows weren’t designed to be very secure. If the locks still work, it won’t be difficult for an intruder to pry the window open. In addition, older windows were designed with just one window pane, which is easy for an intruder to shatter to gain entry to your home.
Replacement windows are designed with strong, secure locks and two or three window panes, making your home safer and more secure.
#7 Protects Your Home Furnishings
The sun’s UV rays are very powerful. When the sun shines into your home, the sun can fade your drapes, carpeting, and any home furnishings that the sun hits. This can affect the appearance of your home, and it replacing these faded items can be expensive.
Replacement windows are designed with a UV coating on the window frames to prevent the sun’s UV rays from causing damage to your home furnishings.
Old windows often have just one window pane, which doesn’t provide much soundproofing. If you live on a busy street and your windows are old, the outside noise can be very distracting. Also, if you live in a neighborhood where the houses are close together, and your windows are old, you won’t have much privacy.
New windows are designed with soundproofing in mind. These windows use multiple, thicker, laminated glass. Also, the windows are designed with large air gaps between the windows to help with soundproofing.
#9 Increase the Value Of Your Home
If you decide to sell your home and have recently installed new windows, you can increase the asking price by up to $8,000. In addition, if you include new windows in your listing, you will get more interested buyers.
Why Choose Renewal By Andersen?
When you hear the name Andersen, you often think of high-quality windows. Renewal By Andersen. Andersen is our parent company, and over the years, they have installed replacement windows in over 300,000 homes.
We aren’t your typical window company. We offer in-home estimates, and we won’t pressure you the way many window companies do.
The windows we install are made of a unique material called Fibrex, which has been proven to withstand Hawaii’s hot climate.
If you are thinking about having replacement windows installed, or if you need to have an entry or patio door installed, give us a call today.