Homebuyers are often concerned about a property’s functionality first and aesthetics second. That is why new direct windows are such an attractive feature for them, allowing homeowners to get a good price for their properties. In most cases, buyers choose a home with new windows because they didn’t want the hassle and extra expenses of replacing windows just a few years after they’ve purchased their new residence. So if you’re selling your home and you want to maximize your profit, you can do so by installing new windows.
Continue reading for more information on how window replacement can boost your property’s resale value.
Windows typically last for 15-20 years. As windows approach the end of their lifespan, they become more prone to damage from the elements. Depending on their material, old windows can warp or rot — which allows moisture and drafts to enter your home and cooled or heated air to leak outside. When this happens, your heating and cooling system will have to work harder and use more energy to heat or cool your space.
If homebuyers realize that your windows are no longer energy-efficient, this might affect their decision to buy your property since drafts and air leaks will lead to higher energy bills in the long run. And since they’ll likely have to schedule window replacement soon after purchasing the home, they might use this as a negotiating point to lower the cost of the house.
That said, energy-efficient windows can help increase your property’s value and generate interest among potential buyers. These may cost more than standard windows, but their energy-saving capacity makes them and the entire property stand out.
Energy-efficient windows have the following features:
- Low-E Coating: This is applied on the surface of the window glass, serving as a protective layer that reflects ultraviolet rays. It helps reduce heat transfer so that your home can remain cool in summer and warm in winter.
- Double Pane: Most windows today are made with two panes separated by gas, such as argon or krypton. This design enables windows to trap air from outside and prevent heat or cold from seeping into your home.
- Additional Insulation: When planning your window installation, you might want to ask your contractor if adding foam insulation is an option for your desired window frame. Extra insulation can make your windows perform better.
If you’re unsure which brand of windows to purchase, you might want to start with our exclusive line of energy-efficient windows — Smart 365 Innovations. These are windows that have special foam insulation that guarantee zero air leaks. Plus, these windows are designed with a high-efficiency insulated glass system with two separate seals. All these features will help keep your home comfortable all year round while saving you money on energy bills.
Window functionality and aesthetics must work together to raise the property’s value. Window replacement may not seem like a major home improvement, but it can enhance curb appeal and interior design with the right combination of frame materials, grille patterns, colors and more.
Here are some factors that can significantly impact window design.
- Color: If you’ve had the same windows for over a decade, they might already look outdated because of their color. The paint on the window frames may be fading, or you simply don’t like the colors anymore. For your window replacement project, choose a different color for your new windows. This would certainly freshen up your home’s exterior.
- Trim: Replace the trim, especially if you’re completely changing your home’s aesthetics. You can go with simple and subtle or elaborate and ornamental.
- Grille: Grilles will add detail to your windows, making them more appealing to buyers. Or you can simply go without them so the glass remains unobstructed. This usually works great if you’re aiming for a modern look.
- Accessories: You can accessorize your new windows and draw attention using various design elements, like window boxes and shutters. Window shutters are an excellent way to make your windows stand out with color.
Performance and Durability
Window performance and durability vary from one material to another, and these factors typically inform the cost of the windows — which could later affect your home’s resale value. When planning your window installation, make sure to carefully consider the different materials on the market.
Here are some of your options for window frame material:
- Vinyl: Vinyl windows are usually the most affordable window replacement solution. They are available in various colors and require low maintenance. They’re durable and reliable, but their downside is that their frames tend to be thick, reducing the glass surface and your view.
- Wood: Wood is generally a strong and long-lasting material, but it’s notorious for being high-maintenance. Fortunately, modern and high-quality wood windows can be re-stained or painted nowadays.
- Aluminum: Beachside properties use aluminum because of its corrosion resistance. It is lightweight but has adequate density to hold double-glazed direct windows. They don’t easily warp under the sun’s heat, aren’t prone to discoloration due to UV exposure, and can have a long-lasting powder coating to suit the aesthetic of any property.
- Fiberglass: High-quality fiberglass combines glass fibers and resin to create a durable and low-maintenance window material. Fiberglass window frames can imitate the look of wood windows while offering exceptional durability and performance.
- Composite: Composite windows are made from a combination of different materials, and they have superb durability, strength and lifespan. They can also mimic the look of wood.
You have several decisions to make when it comes to window features and design. It can get overwhelming, but remember that you can always consult design professionals and window experts regarding your project. However, since you are replacing your windows with the intention of selling your home in the future, you might want to pick colors, styles, designs and features that will appeal to a wider market.
You can always count on STL Windows Direct to provide you with top-notch window installation, repair and replacement services. With energy-efficient and long-lasting windows from the Smart 365 Innovations line, we can help you increase your property’s resale value. To schedule a consultation with our experts, call (314) 377-0921 or fill out our contact form.