How to increase the value of your home with new fiberglass windows:
When you're thinking of how to increase home value, windows might not be first on your radar, but home improvement projects such as new windows and doors can add substantial value to your home. Let's take a closer look at all the benefits of fiberglass windows and how they can increase your home value.
Do I really need new windows?
Whether you have vinyl, wood, or aluminum windows—if they are drafty, warped, leaking, and difficult to open and close, it's time to think about replacing them with fiberglass replacement windows. Not only are they a pain to open (pun intended), old windows cost you money because they make your heating and cooling systems work harder. All the heat gains in the summer and heat losses in the winter from old windows account for 25%-30% of residential heating and cooling energy use. Fiberglass replacement windows will make your home feel more comfortable year-round.
Do new windows increase home value?
There's no question that home improvement projects such as new windows and doors can add substantial value to your home. But exactly how do new windows increase home value? They instantly boost the home's curb appeal, and they are more energy-efficient. In fact, energy-efficient windows can yield an average 68-72% return on your investment. So what kind of windows should you get? There's plenty of factors to consider when comparing window replacement costs. Typically, homeowners choose vinyl replacement windows because they are cheaper, but the actual vinyl window replacement cost may cost you more money and a lot of headaches down the road. Vinyl isn't as durable, making them less energy-efficient over time. However Infinity's Ultrex® fiberglass windows are eight times stronger than vinyl window frames.
Why should I choose fiberglass replacement windows?
Fiberglass windows are a superior choice and worthy investment when you're considering all the factors of window replacement costs. According to Energy.gov, window frames constructed of fiberglass are dimensionally stable, which means they keep their shape when subjected to changes in weather like humidity and temperature. Fiberglass also ha exceptional thermal performance compared to wood or uninsulated vinyl replacement windows. That means you're not spending as much on heating and cooling bills. In fact, you'll save between $101 to $583 a year when you replace single-pane windows.
10 reasons why fiberglass window installation is a smart decision
When comparing vinyl window replacement cost and fiberglass replacement window costs, here's some notable benefits why fiberglass windows are superior:
- Fiberglass is inert to moisture. According to This Old House, you won't ever have to worry about window rot, mold, corrosion, swelling, or shrinkage.
- Fiberglass is temperature-stable—whereas vinyl is not. That means freezing or scorching temperatures, or anything in between won't change the window's dimension or cause it to sag and flex. In other words, the chances of leaks around the window perimeter are rare.
- They are easy to maintain. Besides cleaning the glass of fingerprints and dirt, there's not much else to do to keep them beautiful. Once a year, give the windows and all moving parts a good wipe down and inspect the hardware to ensure everything is moving smoothly. Tighten any loose screws on the hardware and check for damaged weatherstripping and damaged caulking on the exterior.
- The window frames provide a bigger window to the world and let in more natural light over vinyl windows. Due to strength of the Ultrex's® fiberglass, window frames are much narrower than vinyl frames, so you actually get more scenic views for your money.
- Fiberglass is paintable, whereas vinyl is not intended to be painted. Though you may never need to change the color or type of finish ordered at installation, the option is there. Ultrex® fiberglass windows offers a palette of beautiful colors and finishes, made from a proprietary acrylic finish that is three times thicker than the competition—virtually maintenance-free. The Stainable EverWood® finish is an interior finish option that has the look and texture of real wood, yet it never absorbs moisture or rots.
- Ultrex® fiberglass window frames are eight times stronger than vinyl window frames. That means you'll be looking out your gorgeous fiberglass windows for years to come. This Old House estimates they will last 50 years or more, while vinyl windows pale in comparison. We've seen vinyl windows fail in a few years, depending on heat exposure.'
- They offer more thermal protection, making them as much as 15 percent more energy efficient than vinyl.
- The air pockets in the windows are remarkably effective at insulating against sound—which is a huge benefit if you live on a busy street or have loud neighbors.
- You'll use 30% less energy and get tax credits by installing ENERGY STAR certified fiberglass windows.
- Infinity fiberglass windows are built for life and backed by a Limited Lifetime Warranty for as long as you own the home. Infinity is just a phone call away should you have an issue with your windows.
If you're ready to increase the value of your home and its curb appeal with Infinity from Marvin fiberglass windows, contact us today to request a free proposal.