When we think about upgrading our home, we don’t typically think about installing new windows. But this is a smart place to start if you want to spruce up your home and add some sparkle and shine.

Not sure if your windows are in need of an upgrade? Check out the following three clues…

Obvious physical damage

This is a given. Chipped? Warped? Rotting? Broken? Time for replacements! Additionally, if you’re standing by a closed window and notice a draft, that’s another sign that they need to be replaced.

Fogging up and refusing to stay open are more indications that they are ready for replacement. Occasionally, you can make some repairs, but this generally isn’t recommended. Check with your contractor to see which option is better for you.

Sky-high energy bills

The US Department of Energy says that making your windows energy efficient can ” save energy; reduce heating, cooling, and lighting costs; and improve the comfort of your home.” Especially, if you’ve just bought a new home and are upgrading everything else, it’s worth upgrading your windows so you have energy efficiency right from the start.

If you feel like your energy bills are too high, it’s time to upgrade and save some money in the long run.

An older home

Age is definitely a factor when it comes to window replacement. If your house was built around the 1970’s or earlier, there’s a good chance your windows need to be replaced. Windows installed during those times were generally single-pane windows. There are a few differences between single and double-pane windows.

Single-pane varieties don’t provide enough insulation whether you’re worried about heating or cooling. They’re also not as safe as double-pane. Live in a noisy area? Double-pane windows can help reduce some of the noise. Overall, upgrading your single-pane windows is definitely worth the investment.

Not sure what type of to use? A contractor can tell you your options and help you choose. Not to mention, you can have great, expensive windows, but if they aren’t properly installed, they won’t do you much good.

When it’s time for a change — to your windows or anything else in your home — contact Luce Contracting for a free estimate.