Planning on selling your property? Don’t forget to make sure everything’s in good working condition, especially your windows. Naturally, you’d need to replace them if their locks aren’t working properly, but what if they’re not too worn? Do you still need a window replacement?
The short answer is yes if you want to improve the chances of a sale. A window replacement can make your property more appealing to prospective buyers because:
- It improves your home’s curb appeal – First impressions count, which is why a lot of homeowners looking to sell their property put a lot of effort into revamping their exterior by installing replacement doors and windows. Your home’s door and windows might not be the most visible parts of your exterior, but they’re the first things prospective buyers see. While they’re trying to get a better look at your home, buyers will examine your interior through the windows before entering the front door.
- It improves your home’s energy-efficiency – Your exterior is what catches the eye of prospective buyers, but your home’s features is what makes them stay. Here’s a trend worth keeping in mind: More and more prospective buyers are looking for energy-efficient in their potential new homes. A Zillow Group report noted that more than half of the buyers it surveyed rated energy-efficiency as extremely or very important. Given that drafty doors and windows can account for up to 25% of the heat loss in the average household, not to mention rising electricity prices, the premium placed on energy-efficient features nowadays isn’t surprising. As such, getting energy-efficient replacement doors and windows can boost your chances of clinching a property sale.
- Window-shopping tip: Look for the ENERGY STAR® logo. Only windows that have undergone independent testing and met stringent standards set by the government-run program have this logo.
Factors to Consider While Window-Shopping
Of course, not all energy-efficient windows are equal, which is why you need to take into account the different factors that can affect a window’s energy-efficiency, such as:
- Frame material – Aside from being durable, a window frame should have good insulative capabilities. Each frame material has its pros and cons. However, if you’re looking for a material that’s sturdy and insulative, Renewal by Andersen® manufactures an exclusive composite called Fibrex®. Fibrex is made from wood and vinyl and retains the said materials’ best qualities: wood’s sturdiness and vinyl’s minimal maintenance requirements.
- Glass coatings – Casement windows and picture windows are a common feature in homes in the southeast—the former is easy to open and provides optimal ventilation while the letter lets in more sunlight. However, sunlight can be too much of a good thing, especially in summer, which is why it’d be a good idea to look for a window with glass coatings. Glass coatings prevent heat and ultraviolet (UV) rays from entering your home, lowering cooling costs and preventing UV damage which can cause fading in furniture and hardwood floors. Renewal by Andersen offers a wide variety of glass coatings, the most efficient of which is our High-Performance™ Low-E4® SmartSun™ glass. Compared to standard dual-pane glass, our low-E4 SmartSun glass is 70% more energy-efficient in summer and 49% more energy-efficient in winter. Plus, it can block 95% of UV rays.
Other Features Worth Considering
More than just the potential energy savings, the true value of energy-efficient windows lies in their ability to improve indoor comfort, which, in most cases, is what clinches the sale. With that in mind, it’d be a good idea to consider a window replacement with other features, such as soundproofing capabilities. Your home, after all, is supposed to be a personal sanctuary where you can feel at ease. However, outside noise can disturb the calm. You’ll be glad to know then that our Low-E4® SmartSun™ glass can block both UV rays and outside noise.
Want to know more about our premium energy-efficient windows?
Renewal by Andersen of Nashville offers a wide variety of premium doors and windows, including casement windows. To schedule a free in-home consultation with one of our design experts, call us at (615) 238-9463 or leave us a message here. We serve homeowners in Clarksville, TN, as well as the surrounding communities.