When Michigan’s winter is in full swing, temperatures can drop drastically. Snow and ice can coat the roads and leave you shivering. So, when you’re safe at home, you want your living space to be toasty and comfortable. You don’t want your warm air to go out the window.
But that’s literally what can happen if your home has old, broken, or improperly installed windows. You could be losing heated air and throwing away hard-earned money to the cold Michigan winter weather. Yet window replacement for your home can be a big undertaking, and it’s understandable that you wouldn’t want to take it on lightly.
So, how do you know for sure that it’s time to take the plunge and replace your windows on your Michigan home? Ask yourself these questions.
Signs Your Home Needs Window Replacement
You may be so used to your home’s existing windows that you may not have considered whether new ones would benefit your home. To help you figure out the condition of your windows and whether it makes sense to replace them, ask yourself:
Do you feel a draft coming in through your windows, even if the windows are closed? According to the U.S. Department of Energy, homeowners can save between 5-30 percent on energy simply by reducing drafts.
Work poorly —
Do your windows get stuck in place? Are they difficult to open and close? Are they old-fashioned in style, making them harder to clean than a more modern window?
Do your windows show signs of moisture damage, such as warped or rotted panes or frames? Are any of your windows broken and in need of repair?
Energy concerns —
Drafty or damaged windows can make it more expensive to heat and cool your home, driving up your utility bills. If you’re concerned about energy savings, today’s energy-efficient windows can help.
Do your windows have permanent stains or yellowing due to age or poor maintenance? Are you ready for a home makeover that will look great from the curb and also be functional for your family’s needs?
How long has it been since the windows were installed? Windows can last around 20 years in optimal conditions. But if your home is older than that and the windows are the original ones, it’s worth considering a window replacement.
Weather resistance —
How well are your windows holding up against storms? Are they scratched from tree branches, leaky when it rains, or otherwise showing signs they’re not resisting bad weather as well as you’d like?
If you can say yes to any of these questions, it’s time to consider window replacement for your home.
How Replacement Windows Benefit Your Home
There are many reasons to invest in replacement windows in your home:
Energy efficiency —
Today’s windows come in energy-efficient designs that protect and insulate your home from heat, cold, and moisture. As a result, your home will be more comfortable, and you’ll save on your utility bills.
Better lighting —
Old, stained, or damaged windows can impede sunlight and keep it from shining in, making your home darker than it needs to be. Window replacement can open up your home to more natural lighting.
Easy maintenance —
Old-fashioned windows are often smaller, less attractive, and harder to maintain than today’s fresh modern styles. Today’s windows are designed to be easy to fold in for easy cleaning from inside your home. That’s a more appealing prospect than climbing ladders or renting a power washer to reach out-of-the-way windows from outside.
Enhanced home value —
When it comes to making home improvements that add to your home’s value, window replacement is an affordable option that gets you a great return on investment. New windows add to your home’s attractiveness, curb appeal, and resale value.
How the Right Window Replacement Makes All the Difference
Once you’re ready to replace the windows on your home, the next decision is which brand and style of window you should select to beautify and protect your home. At John McCarter Construction, we prefer Marvin® windows. Marvin windows offer many advantages for Michigan homeowners:
Easy maintenance —
Marvin windows offer an ample range of selections, and some are specifically designed to be low-maintenance. If this is important to you, consider Marvin’s Infinity or Integrity product lines.
Stylish variety —
No matter what your design requirements are, Marvin windows has options for you. And if you’re concerned about matching a specific look, color, or feel, Marvin can custom-match colors for you.
Weather resistance —
In Michigan, cold winters and moisture from the lakes can both be of concern to homeowners who want to protect their home from wear and tear. Marvin windows handle cold, wet weather superbly.
Options for historic homes —
If you own a historic home, you know how important it is to match the style of the home when you replace elements such as windows. Marvin windows knows this too, and they offer many appropriate options that fit well with historic architectural styles.
Strong warranty —
Marvin windows come with a robust and transferable warranty, offering long-term assurance of product quality.
Exciting New Window Options Await You
If you’re thinking of giving your Michigan home an upgrade by investing in window replacement, then it’s time to talk to experts and learn about the exciting modern window options that can improve your home’s energy efficiency and make it look stunning. Our friendly, experienced staff at John McCarter Construction is happy to be of service. Contact us to request a free quote for window replacement on your Michigan home.