Old windows can be very inefficient, but as a Long Island homeowner, you can take steps to mitigate that problem. From weather stripping your old windows to installing all new windows, you can decide what fits your budget and your personal circumstances. Here’s what you need to know.
Casement windows are a classic window style that opens outward, like a door. They have hinges on the side, and are opened by a turn crank. Though they may be less popular on certain home styles than single and double hung windows, casements have many advantages that single and double hung windows do not.
Depending on their quality, construction and material type, your home’s windows can last a few decades. When they reach the end of their service life, they start to exhibit signs of failure. These signs are an alert that it’s time to start budgeting and preparing to replace your windows. Here are three signs your windows may need replacement.
Summer is the perfect time to get started on the home improvement projects you could not accomplish previously on Long Island. The warm weather and mostly sunny skies create the perfect environment to start checking items off your honey-do list. We’ve compiled some of the best home improvement projects to get started on this summer, including your home windows, home inspections, and home exterior.
Pressure Wash Your Home’s Exterior
The summer weather makes everyone want to go outside and soak in some much needed Vitamin D. However, neither you, your family, nor your guests want to look at a dirty home while relaxing. Instead of delaying the inevitable, pull out or go rent a pressure washer and knock this item off your home improvement to-do list early on.
If the windows in your Long Island home are a few years old, you may be thinking of replacing them. New windows are a major commitment, and you want to know if the improvement will be worth the effort and expense. Here are some indications that it may be time to shop for an upgrade.
#1. High Heating and Air Conditioning Bills
Are you using more electricity and gas than your neighbors? Has your energy usage risen over recent years? If so, your windows may be part of the problem if they’re not insulating as well as they could.
You would think that any modernization project for your Long Island home — installing replacement windows, major kitchen renovations and bathroom additions — would automatically increase your home’s resale value — right? Well, not necessarily. According to the 2020 Cost vs Value report published online by Remodeling Magazine, not all renovation projects add the same value. Some actually tend to lose money in an analysis of return on investment year-over-year compared to 2019.
For example, while Renewal by Andersen found the 2020 study shows that mid-range and upscale kitchen renovations lost ROI potential, both bathroom additions and replacement window installations actually saw a slight increase year-over-year.
Since you need to know as much as possible about brands and home improvement projects before you start the process, here are four things you should know before you schedule your home consultation with a replacement window specialist.