Are you considering starting a home renovation project? This is an exciting opportunity to fix flaws both large and small, making your home more functional and beautiful in the process. Have you thought about all the changes you want to make during your remodel? This could be the perfect time to replace your windows and doors!
Signs You Should Replace Your Windows & Doors
Residential windows typically last 15 to 20 years, depending on the material type and maintenance they receive. Age isn’t the only factor, though. Examine your windows to see if they show signs of deterioration. If you spot problems, seriously consider replacing them as part of your home remodeling project. Here’s what to watch out for:
- Uncomfortable drafts: Old single-pane windows commonly cause drafts, but even newer windows can cause home comfort problems.
- High energy bills: Air leaks make your furnace work harder in the winter, and solar heat gain through the glass can greatly increase cooling costs in the summer.
- Interior water damage and mold: If water penetrates your windows every time it rains, warping, rotting, and mold growth may occur. Over time, these problems may threaten your home’s structural integrity and indoor air quality.
- Jammed sashes: If your windows have become difficult to open and close, it could mean they are unbalanced or out of square. Single- and double-hung windows that slide up and down are particularly susceptible to jamming.
- Condensation between the panes: Double-pane windows are sealed to improve insulation and keep moisture out. However, if the seal breaks, the window may fog up on the inside. The only way to improve the appearance and performance of the window is to replace it.
Benefits of Replacing Your Windows & Doors
Consider the benefits of including window and door replacement in your DC-area home remodeling project:
- Improved home comfort: Every room feels more comfortable when your windows seal out drafts and slow heat transfer as intended.
- Better efficiency: The energy-efficient features of new windows help lower your heating and cooling bills by up to 20 percent. These savings help the investment pay for itself over time.
- Increased home security: Sophisticated locking mechanisms and optional safety glass make your home safer from intruders, accidents, and severe weather.
- Improved curb appeal and home value: New windows are more attractive than old ones. If you ever decide to sell, you can expect to recoup about 70 percent of your investment in increased home value.
- Enhanced soundproofing: Replacing single-pane windows doesn’t just insulate against air leaks—it also dampens the sound coming through the glass. You’ll especially appreciate increased soundproofing if you live near train tracks or the airport.
Window & Door Ideas for Your Home Renovation
You have many options for incorporating new windows and doors into your home renovation project:
- Garden window behind the kitchen sink: The kitchen is the perfect place for a garden window, which has a deep sill to hold potted flowers and herbs. The glass top maximizes sun exposure throughout the day, and operable side panels allow a breeze to enter when the weather is nice.
- Window or sun tunnel in the bathroom: Bring natural light into the space by adding a window. Frosted glass or an awning window installed high on the wall prevents privacy concerns. If the bathroom isn’t on an exterior wall, consider a sun tunnel to introduce natural diffused light through the ceiling.
- Clerestory windows: Installing windows along the ceiling creates the illusion of a floating roof. This modern architectural detail beautifully illuminates the room from above, letting in natural light when privacy is a concern or wall space is limited at eye level.
- Bay or bow windows: Bay windows and bow windows extend beyond the home’s foundation to create an architectural accent in any room. Enjoy the extra square footage by adding a reading nook or installing a window seat.
- Specialty shape windows: You might install a geometric window at the top of a landing or design a custom window wall to emphasize your modern home’s unique architecture.
- Transoms and sidelights: Transom windows are installed above doors, while sidelights flank the entrance. Both options are popular around front entry doors.
- French interior doors: French doors feature glass throughout their length and are often installed in pairs. They are popular as patio doors, but they also make eye-catching entrances to home offices or formal dining rooms.
- Telescoping patio doors: An extended version of a sliding glass door, telescoping patio doors feature multiple panels that stack on top of one other until the door opens completely. It’s a great way to integrate your indoor and outdoor living spaces.
Begin Your Home Renovation & Window Replacement Project
Whether you’re updating a single room or renovating the whole house, consider installing new windows as part of the project. We’ll help the process go smoothly by working closely with you. When we’re finished, you’ll have a beautiful, energy-efficient home to enjoy for years to come!
Ready to begin? Call Wentworth Studio at 240-383-1226 for a home renovation or window replacement consultation.
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