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Raleigh Roofing: Article About Replacement Window Pros and Cons

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Knowing when existing windows should be replaced can take some of the stress out of the decision making process. New windows can save homeowners money on heating and cooling costs. They can also beautify a home, but if the return on the investment is small or takes too long, homeowners may want to put off the window replacement. Homeowners who are considering a window upgrade can talk to their contractor about the pros and cons of whole home replacements. Many times, Raleigh roofing contractors are certified replacement window installers as well.

Typically, historical homes are not a good candidate for window replacement. Usually, the aesthetic value of these homes could be diminished by installing modern replacement windows. In these cases, experts suggest adding storm windows over the existing historical windows to minimize heat transfer through the existing glass and framing. This approach can preserve the home's appearance, creating units that are nearly as efficient as modern replacement windows.

An upper story window that does not open is a definite candidate for replacement. A stuck window is more than a nuisance. It is a safety risk. This is because it does not allow for the quick exit of people during a fire. An egress window equipped with an emergency fire ladder is the best candidate for this type of window replacement.

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Homeowners should consider replacing all of the upper floor's windows because of their ease of access during an emergency.

Single pane windows are the least energy efficient windows on the market They allow heat to come in from the outside during the summer and allow heat to escape through the glass during the winter. Experts estimate that as much as 25 percent of energy costs are wasted by these types of windows. Replacing them with energy efficient windows creates a more comfortable interior and saves the money that literally went out the window.

According to Consumer Reports, it could take decades for homeowners to see the return on their investment in replacement windows if they are only replacing them to save money on heating and cooling costs. However, real estate experts suggest that replacement windows immediately add to a home's value and increase its curb appeal, helping it to sell faster, which is very important in a competitive market. They suggest that the return on investment for a whole home window replacement is 72 percent. Therefore, unless homeowners are trying to preserve a home's historical character, installing replacement windows is a home improvement worth doing.

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