- Home Performance
January 9, 2018
New windows can greatly improve the curb appeal of your home, increase its value and increase your comfort with higher insulating capabilities. Updated models will make your life easier, too, as they’re simpler to clean and operate. But replacing your windows can be a large project. So before you jump in, make sure you do some research to ensure you get all the benefits and the best return on your investment.
Repair or Replace Your Windows?
First, you may want to consider repairing your existing windows. It’s possible that your older San Francisco Bay Area home (if it was built before the early 1970s) has well-constructed, solid wood windows and frames that may need only TLC to provide you with the upgrade you’re looking for. Often these windows can be stripped and repainted or stained to look as good as new.
Unfortunately, the windows in many newer homes are of lesser quality and can begin showing signs of decay after just 10 years or so. A small amount of dry rot in window sills and frames can be repaired, but if you’ve got extensive damage, you’ll want to consider replacing your windows. You may be able to assess whether or not your windows have rot, or you can get a professional to check them for you.
A Few Things to Consider When it Comes to Windows
Whether your windows are in good condition or not, you may be considering upgrading them for other reasons, such as:
Double- and triple-pane windows contain a gas between them that helps them provide better insulation and energy savings than single-pane windows.
Double-hung windows give you the option of opening them from the top or the bottom, while casement windows open easily with a convenient hand crank, and tilt-out windows let you wash both the inside and out without a ladder.
You may want to change the look of your windows with mullions (dividers), encased blinds or shades or new shapes and sizes.
Think about what’s most important to you before you choose your windows:
Which windows will have the biggest impact on your energy consumption?
How much time do you want to spend maintaining your windows?
What style will best suit the aesthetics of your home?
Which windows will give you the best return on your investment when you sell your home?
Types of Replacement Windows
There are three types of replacement windows, and within each of these, many options to choose from.
Vinyl windows are cost-effective, offer substantial insulating ability and can easily be customized to match many different home styles.
Fiberglass will withstand extreme weather, is durable enough to resist dents and offers great energy efficiency.
Wood is a beautiful and classic choice with natural insulating ability, which, combined with modern advances in moisture resistance, offers a wide range of low-maintenance options.
Call the Bay Area’s Trusted Window Installation Experts
Custom Exteriors has the answers to all your questions about replacement windows and in choosing just the right windows to enhance the look, comfort and energy efficiency of your home. We’ve helped thousands of homeowners in Pleasanton, Livermore, Dublin, San Ramon, Berkeley and the surrounding areas turn their houses into dream homes with the perfect windows for their home and budget.
We’re proud to offer Anlin windows, including the luxurious and beautiful Del Mar line with superior noise reduction, the most energy efficient and durable windows from Anlin. Our offerings from Marvin windows include the Infinity line, specifically designed to imitate the look of wood while providing high-energy performance and low-maintenance care.