Should You Replace All of Your Windows at Once?
Owning a home is a big responsibility, there are many items that need maintenance and upkeep. Some upkeep tasks are small, such as furnace filters and gutter cleaning, while others are large. New roof, siding, gutters and/or windows. So when you encounter a larger maintenance/upkeep item it’s often best to consider all options before taking action.
Windows are one of those projects where you should strategize a game plan before conquering the task. You need to take into account several factors when considering windows: Age, performance, and appearance.
How old are your windows? Are they original to the home, or maybe more than 5-10 years old? If so, there are many newer products on the market that have superior Energy Star® ratings which can lower your energy bills.
How many low-performing windows do you have? Some consumers think it’s more economical to replace only a few windows at a time. If budget is a determining factor, keep in mind that it’s often more cost-effective to replace all of your windows at one time. Replacing all at once will often give you a better price per window, as well as ensure that all of your windows are of the same energy efficient levels.
Lastly, appearance: Are your windows compensating between the panes, or growing mold/mildew? Are the sills cracked, rotted or warped? Are there cracked or missing panes of glass? New windows increase your home’s curb appeal and resale value.
To best maximize your savings it’s wise to purchase your windows in bulk, making sure that they have the Energy Star® rating. If budget is an issue, many installers offer financing options to help you out. Also, you may qualify for tax credits, or reimbursements for installing new, energy efficient windows.