Have you ever found yourself staring at your Michigan home, imagining how it would look with a pretty new set of windows? You may have shrugged your shoulders and moved on, figuring that replacement windows were pretty, but not essential. However, this isn’t exactly the case. Sure, new windows are pretty, but they’re also a practical choice. Here’s a closer look at the pretty and practical benefits of replacement windows.
Practical: New windows prevent drafts and air leaks.
Michigan winters can be brutal, and if your windows are old and drafty, you may feel that cold air seeping in whenever you pass one of your old windows. Replace your windows, and your rooms will stay much more comfortable. You won’t have to rely on heavy curtains to keep the temperature bearable or put on an extra sweater each time you sit near a window.
Note that to most effectively curb drafts, you should steer clear of vinyl replacement windows. They tend to develop leaks and become drafty rather quickly. Windows framed in a composite material, like Fibrex® from Renewal by Andersen, are a less-leaky alternative.
Pretty: New windows can be customized with grilles.
Call some attention to your Michigan home by adding grilles to your replacement windows. A colonial grille, which divides the window into equally sized squares, helps give your home that timeless, classic look. A prairie grille is a great choice for a simple, elegant look. You can even design a custom grille to meet your own style preferences.
Practical: New windows don’t require much, if any, maintenance.
Spending time each year scraping and painting your old windows is simply not practical. New windows require much less maintenance. Fibrex windows, for instance, do not require painting or staining. New windows are also a lot easier to clean, since, double-hung windows for example, are designed to fold inward. You don’t have to climb on a ladder or reach around awkwardly to clean the outside of the window. The window instead folds inward so you can reach the outside from inside your home.
Pretty: New windows come in an array of colors.
Years ago, windows came in white, and almost everyone painted their windows white. If you still have white windows but are interested in adding some color to your home, then replacement windows are definitely an attractive option. You can choose a bold interior color like Terratone or Dark Bronze, and a muted exterior color like Canvas or Sandstone. Or, you can go the opposite route and choose a brighter exterior color and a soft interior color.
Practical: New windows save you money on energy bills.
There are few things more practical than saving money on your energy bills. New windows save you money in a few ways. First, they don’t allow for air leaks, so your heater does not have to work as hard. Second, new window materials like Fibrex are better insulators, so they reduce heat transfer through the window sash and frame. Third, performance glass options like SmartSun™ glass reflect heat waves, reducing heat loss through the glass.
You can give your Michigan home a facelift while also making a practical upgrade. To learn more about the benefits of replacement windows from Renewal by Andersen, contact us to schedule a free, in-home consultation. We’ll review your style options and the most practical features for your unique needs.