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Ready to update the look of your home with new windows? Installing new windows is one of the most popular choices today for homeowners who are looking to upgrade the style of their home or are interested in boosting resale value before they put their home on the market. Making an investment in your home by replacing your windows not only boosts the curb appeal of your property- it also gives you a unique opportunity to express your personal style through your window choice. When you decide to replace your windows, the choices may feel overwhelming. When it comes to what windows make the most sense for your property, you may have a few different factors to consider. You’ll want to choose the window style that fits best with the look of your home, and you also want to consider how the design you choose will hold up over time. You’ll also need to choose what material you’d like your window frames to be made from- wood, vinyl, double hung and aluminum all have pros and cons. Let’s talk about why vinyl windows are such a popular choice amongst homeowners today.
There are several reasons why homeowners like vinyl windows. These windows provide a fresh, clean look to the house, and they are easy to clean. Lower quality windows use recycled vinyl. It saves companies money on material but not for the customer as they are not built to last and can create an off color. LEI uses virgin vinyl—the highest grade of pure vinyl—to ensure the best quality windows. These windows were first developed in 1959, and they’ve continued to grow in popularity over the years. This style of window took off in the 1990s, as designers began to appreciate the clean, smooth look of white vinyl. Builders enjoyed vinyl not only for the look, but for the low cost and the longevity. Low or mid-grade windows can last as little as 5-7 years up to 20 years. High quality vinyl windows can last up to fifty years or longer, and new technological improvements are being made regularly. In the past, some homeowners complained that the look of their vinyl windows changed over time- they noticed yellowing and cracking. Today, complaints such as these are virtually nonexistent due to the many upgrades that have been made to the virgin vinyl material used to create vinyl windows.
Vinyl windows do not need to be painted, and upkeep is simple. They’re easily wiped down with a damp cloth when they get dirty. While most vinyl windows come standard in white, it’s possible to get the frames created with a unique look that matches the decor of your home. Vinyl windows come in a variety of different grades that reflect their look and durability.
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One of the many reason’s quality vinyl windows are so popular with homeowners is their energy efficiency. As you shop for vinyl windows, you’ll notice that the vast majority have an Energy Star rating, which will help you to understand how much the window will improve the overall energy efficiency of your home over time. Some vinyl windows are filled with argon gas, which works to repel heat, allowing your air conditioning system to work more efficiently than it would with traditional wood windows.
Installation costs of vinyl windows are inexpensive when compared to installation costs of wood or triple pane windows. When this is factored in with the lower cost of vinyl windows themselves, it’s easy to see why these are a good choice for homeowners on a budget. Vinyl windows typically come with a manufacturer’s warranty, which can save you from any costly repairs down the line. This can also be a great selling point to potential buyers if you’re eventually going to sell your home.
Many homeowners find themselves stuck between choosing vinyl or wood windows. Vinyl windows are currently much more popular than wood windows, due to both their price and the minimum amount of upkeep that they require. Wood windows are more expensive, both upfront and throughout the process of installation. Wood windows also require special care and upkeep- it’s not as simple as wiping them down with a cloth, like a vinyl window. While wood windows do cost more than vinyl windows up front, they do tend to be more energy efficient windows than vinyl windows. While both window styles are great for keeping heat in during the winter and heat out during the summer, wood windows are slightly more effective. While wood is a greater initial investment, they may eventually pay for themselves down the line, especially if you are already in your forever home. If you’re planning to sell your property, wood windows may also boost your resale value to the point where you feel that it is worth making the extra investment.
Homeowners of older or historic homes may be concerned that adding vinyl windows will change or take away from the old-world style of the home. Fortunately, this does not have to be the case. Vinyl windows are no longer only available in the stark, factory issue white of the past. Your window consultant will be able to work with you to find a style of vinyl window that fits the unique character of your home.
Adding vinyl windows to your historic home will also allow you to conserve energy without the extensive installation work that is necessary to install wood or aluminum windows. If you have a historic home, it’s likely that you want to keep as much of the original work in the house as possible, without lots of construction or updates. Vinyl window installation will allow you to do just that.
If you are the owner of an older home, you know the effects that leaks, and drafts can have on your home. It’s important that your windows are sealed safely to preserve your walls, flooring, and belongings. Vinyl windows can prevent these issues, while requiring little upkeep and attention from you.
When it’s time to hire someone to work on your home, it’s important that you call someone you can trust. At LEI Home Enhancements in Nashville, our dedicated professionals will offer the same attention to your projects that they give to their own homes. We’ll talk with you to help you make the right window choice for your home, and then take you through the installation project, step by step. Give us a call so we can help you get started today
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