Do Replacement Windows Really Increase the Value of Your Home?

When it comes to your home, it never hurts to work towards increasing the overall value. There are endless ways to do so, but how do you know what options really pay off? Here at Glass Express Repair, we are certain of one thing, replacement windows will indeed increase the overall value of your home, and we’re here to tell you how.

Investing takes patience. You won’t see an immediate turn around when putting money towards replacement windows for your home, but we can assure you it will all pay off in the long run. One website states replacing your windows could add a whopping 20% in value to your home! Not only will your home’s value increase, but your ROI could be up to 85% according to ISoldMyHouse.com.

New windows won’t only improve the appearance of your home, but they will increase the energy efficiency of it as well. Aside from raising the appraisal of your home, this will help you save money now. By blocking air leaks, you will find yourself spending far less money on heating and cooling throughout your home. Also, when shopping for new homes, buyers actually look for a home specifically with energy efficient windows. Ensure your home isn’t crossed off of potential buyer’s lists by choosing from the variety of insulated glass window replacements we have to offer.

As you can see, choosing to replace your old windows with new, energy efficient ones, will not only increase the overall value of your home, but also slash your energy costs. Call the experts at Glass Express Repair today for a FREE quote on your new windows!

Truth About Replacing Your Windows and Doors

The Truth About Upgrading to Energy Efficient Windows and Doors

We’ve all heard about the benefits of replacing your windows and doors with energy efficient ones. For some of you, hearing about the benefits and savings was enough to make you invest in purchasing energy efficient windows and doors. For others, you may need more to be convinced. Well we have you covered. Glass Express Inc. came across an article in Atlanta Home Improvement Magazine that debunks the myths of energy efficient products.

Myth #1 – Replacing your windows and doors won’t really save that much energy

The Truth – Replacing old windows with energy efficient ones can save a significant amount of energy. In reports published by the U.S. Department of Energy and Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory in 2006, it was stated that if half the homes using single-pane windows in the U.S. upgraded to energy-efficient ones, approximately 20 million BTUs would be saved per year.

Myth #2 – Changing your windows and doors will cost more money than it will save

The Truth – Replacing the windows and doors of your home is an investment. However, it’s a worthwhile investment. Recovery of this investment in home value and energy savings is dependent upon the length of time you stay in your home after the replacement. Energy-efficient windows and doors can reduce monthly heating and cooling bills by up to 20%.

Myth #3 – It’s better to repair windows and doors than replace them. Repairs are less expensive and can make the windows and doors energy-efficient.

The Truth – If the repair is not quick and easy, then replacing your windows and doors is a better option.When you replace a window or door, you have the ability to choose from different style and energy ratings. When repairing a broken door or window, it’s almost impossible to increase its energy efficiency.

To read the full article on the truths of upgrading to energy efficient windows and doors, click here.

Keep Out the Noise this Summer with Double Paned Windows

Maybe you’ve heard the buzz about the double paned window. But are they really worth all the hype and investment? Let’s look at the pros and cons of double paned windows.

For starters, what is a double paned window anyway? It is where two window panes are separated by a vacuumed space. This allows for noise reduction, saved money and energy.

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Pros of the Double Paned Window

Energy Efficient

The summer is here, and so is the heat! With temperatures reaching 90 degrees here in Indianapolis, you probably want to keep your air conditioner running…but at the same time you don’t want to waste your money. Double paned windows can trap reduce the amount of airflow and save you money during the summer and winter months.

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Noise Reduction

The kids are home for the summer, and they are not quite! Are you trying to sleep at night, when you suddenly hear a group of teenagers rumbling around outside? Or even worse, you hear your own kids causing ruckus? If this occurs all to often this summer, consider double paned windows.

Go Green

Not only can double paned windows save you money, they can also help the environment. It’s a win-win for you and planet earth. By reducing energy, you are also creating less greenhouse gas emissions.

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Cons of the Double Paned Window

When it comes to double paned windows, there are not too many downsides. Just be prepared to make in investment, but you will see positive results.

Cost

Although installing new windows can save you money in the long run, it can be a big upfront investment. Not to mention, in order to see the positive effects of double paned windows, you will need to replace all your windows, not just one.

If you are thinking of replacing your windows, talk to your experts at Glass Express today and they can tell you why double paned windows might be the best option for you!

Discerning Energy Efficiency

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Discerning the real difference in new windows today can be confusing for a buyer.  No doubt all window companies are trying to put their best foot forward and make the sale. The ball is in the court of the buyer to have a firm understanding of their own needs as well as the benefits of updated windows. Here are a few simple guidelines to help any homeowner discerning a new window purchase.

First, while new windows are going to have a night and day difference in energy efficiency, this difference is not going to pay you back over night.  Again, the difference between your new windows energy efficiency and the old ones you are having replaced is huge. They are amazingly more efficient and that factor is going to save you money every month. Just remember it takes quite a few months, like so many it equals several years, to make up for the investment you put into your new windows.  That doesn’t mean it’s not worth it; we just don’t want you going into any large purchase decision with fog in your window already.

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So, let’s make sense of those energy efficiency numbers to make sure you are buying the best window for the demographics you live in.  U-Factor; the U-Factor is a measure of how well your window keeps heat in.  Usually measured on a scale from 0.20 to 1.20.  In this case the lower the number the better the window traps heat or keeps heat inside your home.  Solar heat gain coefficient or SHGC is the measure of how well your window blocks heat coming from the exterior of your home.  The SHGC is measured on a scale from 0 to 1. Lower numbers block the greatest amount of heat entering your home and higher number allow more heat from the sun to penetrate into your home.  Here in the Midwest, having a low SHGC rating is not paramount on the list. And finally, the Visible Transmittance energy rating.  Visible transmittance or VT is the measure of how much visible light a window lets in.  Also measured between 0 and 1, visible light is desirable to boost the amount of daylight streaming in your windows.  Every individual homeowner needs to consider the benefits of higher VT weighed against personal facts like home location, orientation to the sun, window surface area, and shade from elements outside such as trees.

 Information is power, even when shopping for widows.  Be the smart consumer you are and go into a discussion about newer more efficient windows with the energy fog cleared from your eyes.  And remember, newer more beautiful windows are only as good as the quality installation job of the company who put them in. Call Glass Express for all your window replacement needs and we’ll make sure certified installers give you the long term window experience your research deserves.

Why You Should Replace Your Windows When Remodeling

Window Replacement: One of the Best Home Remodeling Projects

Attention homeowners! Glass Express Inc. has some great news for you. According to an article we read on HouseLogic, replacing your windows is one of the best home remodeling projects in terms of investment return. A homeowner can recoup up to 71% of the project cost in added home value. Based on Remodeling Magazine’s annual Cost vs. Value Report, replacement projects that used vinyl windows added up to an extra $9,300 to the value of their house. If energy efficient windows that qualify for a federal tax credit were used, you can reduce another $200 off the purchase price.

HouseLogic also states that replacing your windows will also allow you to see savings on your energy bill. After installing new windows, you may be able to save up to $456 a year on your energy bill.

Want to learn more about how replacing your windows can save you money? Read the full article here.

Replace Windows, Save on Energy Costs?

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Does Replacing Your Window Really Save You Money?

I’m sure you have all been told that replacing your drafty windows can help save hundreds of dollars on your energy bills. Is this really true? Glass Express Inc. has decided to do the research for you. During our research, we came across a National Geographic article that discusses this topic.

According to National Geographic, homeowners can save up to $465 a year by replacing single-pane windows with Energy Star qualified windows, depending on the number of windows and where you live in the United States. However, the amount you can save by replacing double-pane windows is less than 25% of that amount (the most you can save is $111).

National Geographic also states that although replacing your glass windows will save you money on your energy bills, there may be more effective options. This includes insulating your home.

To learn more and to read the full article, click here.