Blog · November 23, 2018

3 Reasons to Evaluate Your Home Windows

One of the most important aspects of your home is its windows Toronto. They provide safety and protection from the outside elements. Depending on what kind of a window you have you will enjoy differing benefits. So, here are 3 reasons to evaluate your home windows.

1. Home value

Determining your home value includes evaluating your window. The value can be affected negatively if they are older models. You may want to investigate replacing some of them, or all of them so that your home value is increased. This is especially true if you are looking to sell your house or considering a refinance, which will include a home appraisal. A home appraisal will give you the value of your home and if you have newer windows, you may get a higher valuation. Additionally, a new window can make your home aesthetically pleasing to you and your neighbors.

2. Condition

As part of your spring or fall cleaning, all your windows should be inspected. You need to look for cracks, leaks, and function issues. As you go through them, make sure that you open and close them to make sure they work properly. Newer ones usually tilt into the home (to make them easier to clean), so you should make sure all the mechanisms are in working order. You may need to lubricate them to make them operate easier. If you have older ones, they may not be efficient. You should make sure they all are sealed properly, and air cannot escape. Because if air can get out, it can get in also. This means in the summer; your air conditioning is leaking out and hot air is coming in. Then, the opposite happens with your heat in the winter. Fixing these issues will make sure that your heating and cooling is efficient and will not cause you higher utility bills.

3. Effectiveness

A newer window is made up of more panes to help with their effectiveness. Evaluate whether they are adequately protecting your home and providing a security from the outside elements. If you have an older, single-paned window, there is not much of a barrier between the inside of the house and the outside. This window breaks easier and lacks soundproofing. A newer window provides this soundproofing, so you do not hear outside sounds, like traffic, as much compared to the older window. This will create a calmer environment within your home.

Evaluating a window is easy and quick. Fixing some issues, like weather sealing, is something you can do yourself. You may need to pick up a few items from the store, but overall, it is easy to do. Keeping everything is good condition will increase your home value and decrease your utility bills.