Replacement Windows – Are they worth it?

As a homeowner, there are always multiple projects around the house that need to be done. The question is which one to start with. When not knowing the answer to this question assess the project that’s going to be worth your time and money. Many people believe the major home renovations such as remodeling a kitchen or bathroom will get you the most significant return on investment, but that’s not always the case. It’s not to say that these renovations don’t add some value to your home, but it doesn’t give you the biggest ROI. What’s going to add comfort and save you money on your energy bill?

Energy Savings

Replacement windows have the ability to save you a substantial amount on your energy bill. Does it matter if you buy a single-pane or double-pane window? Yes, it does. Single-pane windows don’t offer any insulation between the glass. Double-pane windows are insulated, they are built with two layers of glass. The two layers provide the insulation because it helps to slow down drafts. The technology in many of them is filled with insulating gas that absorbs UV rays and wind before entering the home. Although these windows are more expensive than single-pane, they save you money on your electric bill. When purchasing a double-pane low-e is very important. Low-e coating helps to keep the good in and the bad out.

Return on Investment

Replacing your windows have a return on investment of about 70 to 80 percent. That’s a significant ROI. That is also depending on the window you buy and your area’s market. Vinyl windows are typically the best option if you’re on a tight budget. The energy efficiency of these windows is similar to a fiberglass or composite frame. Many find wood frames to be the most aesthetically pleasing, but they are the more expensive window. The window style you choose does affect your ROI. Keep in mind the things we covered about a single-pane and double-pane window. The better options are usually more expensive but in the long run provide you with a better investment.

Is it worth the cost?

There are many benefits to replacing your windows that people don’t realize. If you’re wanting to reduce your energy bill while increasing the comfort and value of your home, that’s the project to choose. Even the Department of Energy says that replacing old inefficient windows is a good thing for the environment. It’s safe to say after looking at the benefits replacing your windows can provide, it’s worth the cost!

Can my Vinyl Windows be Painted?

Vinyl windows are a popular choice when deciding what window material to put in a home. It’s less expensive than wood and less upkeep. It is known that wood windows can be painted without a problem, but there’s always a question on whether vinyl windows can be treated similarly to wood when considering painting.

Anyone you ask in the window industry is going to have a different answer on this topic. So, can you paint a vinyl window? The answer is yes you can, but it’s not recommended by EHI.

Here are a few reasons why:
  • When painting directly onto a vinyl window, the paint will probably flake or peel off because the material of the window is not ideal for paint.

 

  • You risk voiding your warranty on your windows. Many warranties state that if any alterations are made to the windows, the warranty can be voided (examples are painting and drilling). You’re probably thinking how can paint cause harm to my windows? Some of the materials used to paint can contain harmful chemicals that will soften vinyl and reduce its structural integrity.    

 

  • If the window is painted a dark color, this can also cause harm. Darker colors retain more heat than lighter colors, the effect of this can be vinyl frames warping and glass breaking. This too can create a void in warranty and leave you repairing any potential issues with your windows.

 

What are my options if I don’t want a white or beige vinyl window?

Although wood can be more expensive the color options are endless, another option is choosing a fiberglass window. If your heart is set on buying vinyl windows but want a specific color, there are options for that. Over the years vinyl windows have evolved, and now there are more color options available than the basic white and beige. You can also customize a color through the manufacturer of the window (this does tend to get expensive).

If you’re wanting to replace your windows but are overwhelmed with the many options let EHI help you make that important decision today!

 

Vinyl vs. Wood Windows: Which Windows Should You Buy?

VINYL OR WOOD?

Should you buy Vinyl or Wood Windows?

There are multiple window types to choose from, which can sometimes be overwhelming for buyers. Many people aren’t sure which material will look best in their home. Buying windows is a big decision in itself.

To help you make the right purchase, we’ll compare the pros and cons of vinyl and wood windows. Are wood windows better than vinyl? Are vinyl windows better than wood? What exactly is the difference between vinyl and wood windows? To make an informed decision, we’ll discuss the difference between the most commonly purchased window types.  

 

Energy Efficiency

Window efficiency is probably your number one concern. You would think vinyl and wood windows have two different levels of efficiency because they aren’t the same material. But… They perform very similarly when it comes to window efficiency. Other factors set them apart: Window maintenance, price, and customization options.   

 

Maintenance

In the past, wood-exterior windows needed sealing or painting, not just at the time of installation but through their lifetime. This action was done every 3-4 years to help protect from elements. Efficiency Home Improvements offers modern wood windows with aluminum cladding on the exterior that will never need painting.

Vinyl windows need very little upkeep; no painting or sealing is necessary. A yearly wash and a checkup to ensure they’re functioning correctly are all that’s necessary.

 

Customization

You’ve probably heard wood windows are easier to customize than vinyl. You’re right; this is because wood can be stained or painted to your desired color. Aluminum cladding protects the windows and offers a wide array of color options. This allows the homeowner to enjoy the beauty of a real wood grain interior which can be stained or painted in the factory to standard color offerings, or unfinished so the homeowner can finish. It is recommended to find a factory finish that will match your home’s interior. Cladding can be chosen from standard offerings to match the home’s exterior colors or even custom matched to a paint color. This is usually offered only on the highest level series for a premium.

Vinyl windows are available in limited colors other than white; vinyl just can’t ever be painted. There are a variety of colors and finishes available to match your home. (A salesperson will help point you in the right direction when choosing a color).

Many people purchase wood windows for the visible appearance of the wood grain. Vinyl woodgrain laminate is available and can be matched to cabinets and floors. There is a difference in vinyl woodgrain laminate and wood window texture. The classic style of wood is always a favorite.

Summary and Costs

Yes, vinyl windows are a more basic window compared to wood, but you probably will spend less money with this option. Plus, if you choose vinyl, you don’t have the hassle of resealing or painting your windows every view years. If you’re happy with a basic functioning window with limited color options, vinyl is for you. Some neighborhoods and style of homes will dictate this choice.

If you can’t stand the look or feel of plastic on your classic craftsman home, then wood windows will be great in your home. You might be paying more for wood, but you will maintain a high resale value with your historic home.   Wood windows can cost 1.5-3 times the cost of vinyl windows on average.