New windows offer energy efficiencies and improvement to a home. But, they are expensive. If your windows are older, have drafts or stick in their frames, it may be time to think about investing in new ones. Otherwise, consider repair work for your windows.
Will you recoup your investment in new windows?
Remodeling magazine’s annual Cost vs Value Report states that vinyl windows recoup 71.2% of their cost in the home’s value in the Midwest.
The US Department of Energy’s blue and yellow Energy-Star logo specifies the climate zones for which the product is certified. This label will let you know what type of performance to expect from your windows. (The DOE also has a blue label that manufacturers may use to indicate a product qualifies for a tax credit.)
Another white logo is from the National Fenestration Rating Council, a nonprofit organization that reports energy information only.
Learn more about Energy-Star products here.
Your new windows might qualify for a Tax Credit. To learn more about 2013 Tax Credit for Energy Star products, go here.
Types of Windows
There are many types of windows, from the popular double hung, to bay, to casement, to skylights, just to name a few. Learn more about different types of windows and their pros and cons here.
Need help with your new window purchase? Contact Sibcy Cline Home Services. They can put you in touch with several window vendors. (This blogger did several years ago and is ever so happy with my new windows in my old home!)