Summer is here, and for many of us, that means warmer weather, longer days, and a chance to focus on planning home improvement projects.
If you're thinking about replacing your windows, now is a great time to do it. Newman Windows & Doors President, Duncan Newman shares a few reasons why.
Southern California Window Replacement – Now's the Time to Act, Here's Why
1. You'll save money on your energy bills.
Here in Southern California, we've got some of the highest price energy in the country and it keeps on going up.
Energy-efficient windows and doors can help you save money on your energy bills and keep your home at a comfortable temperature. Newer, more efficient windows can help you slash your energy costs by as much as 30%.
How can you save so much on your energy bills when you replace your windows? First, dual pane windows with Low-E (short for Low Emissivity) coatings help keep heat in during the winter and out during the summer. This means your home will be more comfortable all year round, and you won't have to rely as much on your air conditioner or heater.
Using window materials such as vinyl or fiberglass frames can also stop heat and cold transfer.
Duncan says, “It also blocks an incredible percentage of UV rays coming into your home, creating heat damage in carpets, furniture, window coverings.”
So a good reason to replace your windows and doors now is quite simply to protect your home from the summer heat and winter cold.
2. Get your home ready to sell
If you're planning on selling your home in the next couple of years, now is a good time to get a jump on those projects you've been putting off.
Replacing your windows and doors is a great way to add curb appeal and value to your home. It's one of the first things buyers will notice, and it can make a big difference in how they perceive your home in the offset.
By getting a jump start on home projects, you can more effectively bypass any supply chain issues and ensure your home is in tip-top shape when you're ready to put your home on the market.
3. It's a great time to refresh your space
Modern-looking windows with new frames can make an immediate difference in the look and feel of your home.
Duncan says, “Replacement windows and doors, new windows and doors can make an incredible difference in a home that's 15, 20, 30, 40, 50 years old. If you think about aluminum, silver windows in your house, they don't make any sort of a statement other than I'm old and tired.”
Here at Newman, most installations can be completed in just one day! We pride ourselves on knowing we prevent all of the usual hassles associated with a home improvement project.
4. Improve security and peace of mind
One of the best reasons to replace your windows is for security. If your home has older windows, they may not have the most up-to-date locking mechanisms. This can put your family and possessions at risk. (And no, your tried and true stick-in-the-track solution is not as safe as you think it is!)
If you live in an area prone to earthquakes, it's important to make sure your windows are earthquake-resistant. Many of the newer windows on the market are designed to withstand seismic activity.
5. Reduce noise pollution
If you live in a busy area or on a main road, chances are you're familiar with the sound of traffic noise. If you have older windows, they may not be doing a very good job of blocking out unwanted noise.
New windows with thicker glass can help reduce the amount of noise that comes into your home, making it more peaceful and serene.
6. Be prepared for holiday gatherings
Are you planning on having any family friends come for Thanksgiving or Christmas this year? If you are and you're thinking of replacing your windows or patio doors, now's the time to get started.
Duncan says, “As you may know, supply chain issues have been going on and plaguing us for the last couple of years. And most window and door manufacturers have lead times that are approximately 16 to 18 weeks. In lay terms, that's four and a half months.”
In order to have your project completed in time for any holiday gatherings, you'll want to get the ball rolling now in the summer months.
7. Make your home more comfortable
Are you constantly having to adjust your thermostat to combat hot or cold spots in your home? If so, your windows may be contributing.
Older windows can cause drafts and temperature fluctuations. This is because they're not as snugly fit in their frames as newer windows. As a result, they can let hot or cold air seep into your home, making it less comfortable.
Duncan says, “Especially as we get older, we spend more time in our home. We feel the cold more and we more are affected by the heat. So putting in dual pane windows and doors, vinyl frames, and fiberglass frames will even out the temperature control and the comfort that you live in with your home.”
8. Take advantage of special window discounts
If you've been thinking about replacing your windows or doors but haven't taken the plunge yet, summer is a great time to do it.
So if you're thinking about replacing your windows, now is the perfect time to do it. You'll enjoy the many benefits that new windows have to offer.