When it comes to replacing the windows in their home, folks often think of it as merely another expense. A lot of homeowners tell us, “Oh, we’d love to put new windows in our house, but we don’t think we can afford them.” At Stevens Glass we would be happy to diagnose your windows to see what we can do to help your home perform its best.
Ironically, many of these homeowners don’t consider the fact that the old windows they currently have could be significantly draining their finances already. Here are four ways that they could actually be costing you money.
1. Ultraviolet light
Plain, untreated, clear glass lets in UV rays. These rays are responsible for perpetual damage to the inside of your home. Items that are normally effected by sunlight outside are still being damaged indoors.
This can mean discolored carpet, faded artwork, disappearing photographs and faded upholstered furniture and wood floors. Homeowners commonly report that blinds become brittle, and curtains or other window treatments become discolored and start deteriorating. Having to replace your furniture, rugs or drapes over time could be costly.
2. Heat transfer
Old windows can’t keep the heat in the winter or out in during the summer because the frames don’t have insulating properties. Common outdated frame materials, such as aluminum, conduct and transfer cold and heat directly from the outside to the inside of your home.
If you feel a different temperature when you are near your windows, then this means that they are doing very little to insulate your home. This causes your heater or air conditioner to run unnecessarily, driving up your monthly energy bills.
Old windows often have many tiny cracks, even when they seem to close and function properly. The weather causes windows to expand and contract, so the glass doesn’t fit properly. Panes of glass can become loose, and the seal on the insulated glass unit can fail. This will cause moisture to build up between the panes of glass, which may cause the glass to break.
The caulking around the windows also crumbles over time. Not only can this make your home drafty, it can also let in dust and other allergens, as well as cause water damage. Here are some negative affects you will experience when that happens:
- You’ll find yourself spending more by adjusting your thermostat to compensate for the drafts.
- The leaks will let in spiders and other insects and put a bigger exterminating bill on your budget
- Water damage will have long-standing effects on your home, possibly leading to mold issues, and the need to replace entire sections of plaster or drywall.
- You might be feeling unwell from the dust, mold and other allergens coming into your home, which affects your quality of life.
Especially for homeowners with wood windows, the wooden frames need to be stained or painted frequently or else they are susceptible to wood rot. The cost to maintain wood windows is substantial, as they have to be meticulously masked off, sanded and primed, with several coats of paint to keep them in good condition.
Additionally, some other window frame materials that were not designed to be painted may have been mistakenly painted, and they will peel and blister. New vinyl windows are designed to be virtually maintenance free and never need painting.
So, if you are experiencing any or all of these issues with your old windows, you are probably spending more on windows than you’d care to. We would love to come and talk to you about your windows and see if you just need a window tune up or if new windows are the best option for you.