You may know you need replacement windows in San Jose, CA, but you just haven’t got around to it. Yet. If it helps you feel any better, you’re in good company.
A lot of homeowners put off having replacement windows installed, even if they know they should do it, for a very long time. While this is counterintuitive because replacement windows add energy efficiency, value, and curb appeal to a home, there are some common reasons why homeowners don’t replace their windows when they should and what this delay may be costing them (not just in money).
If most of the windows in their homes are fairly operational, homeowners will often decide that having their windows replaced can wait. It’s amazing how long homeowners are willing to put up with windows that don’t open and close smoothly, that get stuck sometimes, or that have locks that don’t work.
Conventional wisdom says that once you’ve been in a house for a while, windows just don’t function as well as they used to function and you just have to live with that.
However, once windows are not operating properly, have broken or cracked glass, have suffered water damage, have non-functional hardware, or allowing outdoor pests into your home, you need to have replacement windows installed.
Another reason why homeowners procrastinate on having replacement windows installed is that they think they will be too expensive. It is true that having replacement windows installed is a major investment in your home.
However, there are significant advantages to having them installed. Replacement windows increase the dollar value of your home because they improve your home’s curb appeal and they make your home more attractive to potential buyers if you decide to sell your home.
Additionally, replacement windows eliminate a lot of costs that you are incurring with your home’s old and damaged windows.
When window frames get damaged, gaps are created in your home’s windows. This creates all kinds of problems, some of which can be quite expensive.
Gaps in your windows make your home less energy efficient because they allow heat to escape during cold weather and they allow cool air to escape during warm weather. Your HVAC system has to work harder to keep the inside of your home comfortable, and this can represent a dramatic rise in the amount that you have to pay for energy bills.
Gaps in your home’s windows can also let outdoor pests, such as mice, snakes, rats, and bugs, take up residence inside your home. Not only can this be uncomfortable for you and your family, but it can also be dangerous. You will have to increase the frequency of pest control services for your home, which will result in higher pest control bills throughout the year.
Your family’s safety, which is priceless, is also impacted by not having window replacements installed. If your old windows are not functioning properly, then your family’s lives may be jeopardized if you have an emergency where everyone needs to get out of the home rapidly.
Additionally, if the locks on your home’s old windows are broken, then you and your family have a higher risk of being the victims of crimes that could range from break-ins to kidnapping or murder.
A final reason why you may be procrastinating on replacement windows is that you may believe there’s only a certain time of year when they can be installed. In reality, replacement windows can be installed at any time, but you may be able to get better deals and faster installation during the fall and winter because this is when the industry typically has its slow season.