When it comes to home improvement, how often do you think about ripping out the floors, or buying a new piece of furniture to give a room a fresh new look. Often times, window replacement is the last thing on a homeowner’s mind, but this expert thinks it should be on the top of your home improvement list. Here’s why.
When upgrading their home, many homeowners think about slapping on a new coat of paint, re-doing kitchen cabinets or flooring, but what about your windows? New windows can be the best way to add value to your home.
We spoke with Steve Mercer of Fortress Windows and Doors, a company with over 27 years of installation experience and awarded the best window and door company in Toronto in 2014, about what replacing your windows can do for your home.
Increase the energy efficiency of your home
With the cost of electricity and natural gas on the rise, improving the home’s energy efficiency is on the minds of many homeowners. Replacing your old windows with new windows that are Energy Star certified can help to lower your monthly heating and cooling costs. Energy Star windows are more efficient at keeping cold air out of your home during the wintertime and hot air out during the summer, saving you as much as 20 per cent on heating and cooling costs.
What makes a window energy-efficient, anyway? Take a look:
Increase the value of your home
Mercer says replacing your windows is a good investment, especially if you’re thinking about selling your home. “Anything you can do to reduce the hard costs of operating your home, such as your heating and cooling costs, will have an impact on the resale of your home,” he says. With today’s buyers concerned with energy costs, the more energy efficient your home is, the more salable it becomes. Plus, new windows automatically boost your home’s curb appeal, making it more attractive to potential buyers.
Here are some window projects completed by Fortress:
Improve the comfort level of your home
Do you find areas of your home drafty in the winter months? You likely have leaky windows. “If you want a more uniform temperature in your home, putting in a good quality window is key,” says Mercer. New windows can instantly improve the comfort level of your home by eliminating cold drafts and keeping the temperature in your living space more uniform.
This infographic outlines the areas where air typically leaks out of:
Mercer’s advice for buying new windows
Windows are all the same, right? WRONG! Mercer has been in the business long enough to understand the business. Here’s Mercer’s three-prong approach to window purchasing.
- Quality. Fortress only works with high-quality products that are built to last.
- Value. Fortress offers a 100% satisfaction guarantee on products and services.
- Integrity. Home renovations often turn people’s homes upside down. That’s why Fortress aims to finish the job in a fast, but efficient, professional manner so you can get your home and routine back to normal.
Fortress Windows and Doors can assist you with your next window repair and/or replacement project. Mercer’s team is available during the week and on Sunday by appointment to consult with clients about window repair and replacements!