Denver’s numerous sunny days and temperature variations may mean the windows of your home wear out quickly. Replacing your home’s windows is a project that may seem daunting at first, but taking some time to learn about your choices may make the task easier.
They Come in Many Varieties
- There are a few different terms to know when looking at replacement windows.
- Double-pane windows are two sheets of glass with an inert gas in the middle that provides insulation.
- Double-hung windows can be opened from the top or bottom.
- Tilt-out windows rotate so you wash the outside surface easily.
- Laminated windows have a layer of vinyl sandwiched between two layers of glass.
- The frame is the area around the glass and can be made from wood, vinyl or aluminum.
They’re More Than Just Glass
Denver gets an average of 300 sunny days per year, which is great for outdoor activities but can wreak havoc on your interiors. New windows, especially laminated windows, may help block out some of the UV rays and keep your home cooler in the summer. In addition, things like flooring, carpeting and window dressings may fade less with windows with UV blocking.
They Will Pay for Themselves
Replacing your windows can improve your home’s resale value. You can expect to recoup 60%-80% of the project’s cost when selling your house. Your home may be more energy and cost efficient, too. Double-paned windows provide better insulation than single-paned windows. New frames and sashing can eliminate air leaks. With a more consistent inside temperature, your HVAC unit works more effectively, saving you money.
No matter what, make sure your replacement windows match the style of the house’s exterior. Historical homes will differ visually from those built more recently. If you live in an area with a homeowner’s association or covenant, see if you need to get permission before starting this kind of project.