Posted on March 22, 2019
Twin Cities homeowners often find it tough to decide whether they truly need new windows and doors. After all, new windows and doors are a big investment. And no one wants to spend a good chunk of their hard-earned dollars unless they really need to.
So to help you decide, we've compiled a quick list of three signs it may be time to invest in new windows and doors.
You might be thinking, "You're a window and door company… of course you're going to tell me I need new windows and doors!"
If you know anything about Zen Windows, you know we're the one Twin Cities window and door company that doesn't operate like that. Sure, we sell windows and doors… but we only sell them to YOU, if YOU want them. (If you're happy with your 47-year-old windows and beaten-down entry door installed during the Reagan administration, that's A-OK with us!)
But if you've been thinking that you could possibly use new windows and doors, here are three things that can help you make a decision…
A drafty home isn't just an uncomfortable home… it's an expensive home.
If you're windows and doors are letting in air, they're costing you a pretty penny on your energy bills. You've got to crank up your thermostat just to keep your home comfortable. And your energy company just LOVES that.
Drafts from windows and doors happen for a variety of reasons—worn-out weather stripping, bad frame insulation (or complete lack of it), inefficient glass, and so on. When shopping for new windows and doors, you want Energy Star-approved products that come with features like multiple glass panes, insulated frames (for windows), insulated cores (for doors), and advanced weather stripping.
This is mostly a problem for those with wood windows and doors. Wood windows and doors can swell up from moisture over time. This means they won't fit as tightly as they used to. This leads to diminished energy efficiency, poor overall operation (if the window or door sticks), and even cracks in the window or door.
Unfortunately, a swollen window or door can't be repaired or "un-swollen." You either have to live with it or replace your windows or door.
What can we say… first impressions count. And your windows and doors are one of the first things people notice about your home. So if your windows and doors look like they've seen better days, then neighbors, houseguests, and passerby will notice.
Not only that, but they can actually decrease your home's value by scaring away potential buyers if you ever try to sell.
Realtor.com states that your windows and entry door are one of the first three things prospect buyers notice. If they don't like what they see, the chance of them making an offer can plummet. With replacement windows and doors, you increase the value and curb appeal of your home. As a result, buyers will be more likely to make an offer on your home.
If you're unsure whether you need new windows and doors in the Twin Cities, get in touch with us. We'd be happy to answer any and all of your questions. We can even provide you with a fair quote right over the phone or email. Zero pressure; zero sales pitch. Just honest advice—period.