When planning a home renovation, it can be hard to figure out where to invest your budget to ensure you get the best return on your investment. Ideally, any work you do should add value, enhance the look of your home and improve your comfort and quality of life. One project that can deliver all of these benefits and more is replacing your windows. Here are five reasons why replacement windows are an essential home renovation project.
Windows play a big part in the aesthetics of your home. Everything from the style of window to your choice of material and colour will dramatically impact the look of your house. By simply upgrading your windows, you can significantly enhance the external appearance of your home.
You can also significantly enhance your home’s interior. Replacing more traditional glazing with cleaner contemporary styles will improve the amount of natural light in your home, making your rooms brighter and feel more spacious.
Over the past 12 months with so much time spent at home, the comfort of our houses has become a priority for many. Comfort trumped aesthetics as the number-one priority when choosing furniture is 2020.
Making our homes more comfortable also means ensuring it is warm and free from draughts. Replacing windows is one of the best ways to eliminate draughts, banish condensation and make our homes more comfortable all year round.
Upgrading your windows is the ideal way to combat external noises like house and car alarms, traffic, leaf blowers etc. Upgrading your windows will make a significant difference to what you can hear from inside your home.
Replacing your windows to either double or triple glazing can offer a sound reduction of between 31 – 32 DB Double glazed laminated glass will offer a reduction of 37 DB and triple glazed laminated glass will give a decrease of 40 DB. making laminate glazed windows a great option if you live in a noisy area or on a busy road.
Replacing old windows will improve the security of your home. Recent advancements in window design mean windows are now more secure than ever. Depending on your specific requirements, you will be able to choose from a range of locking features which can deliver protection from intruders. Choosing laminated glass will also enhance your windows security.
Laminated glass is made up two layers of glass with an inner impact-resistant membrane situated between the panes.
Windows have a significant impact on the amount of heat needed to keep a house warm, which is why fitting energy-efficient glazing can make a considerable difference to the cost of heating your home.
Therefore, upgrading your windows to either double or triple glazing is a worthwhile investment. You might be interested to read my other post on the topic of double versus triple glazing here to help with your research. Not only will replacing your old windows with more energy-efficient glazing make a significant improvement to the comfort of your home but also to contribute to reducing your heating bills.
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Managing Director Optimise Design, B.Arch. RIAI RIBA
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