How to decide if you should replace your windows

April 4, 2012 · Filed Under Energuide Info, First Time Buyers, Home Maintenance · Comments Off 

One of the most prominent features of any home is the windows. When they are well maintained they have a positive impact on the impression people (such as potential buyers) will have of your property. The opposite occurs, of course, when your windows look old and worn.

So does that mean you should replace your windows?

That depends on a number of factors. Window replacement can be an expensive renovation. Here are a few things to consider before making your decision.

  • Do your windows get frost or condensation build-up on the interior side? This could be a sign that the windows are not keeping out the cold as well as they should.
  • Do you see water infiltration or mildew on the interior sides of any of the window sills? This means that moisture is creeping in from the outside, and you need to get those windows repaired or replaced as soon as possible.
  • If your windows are double-paned – (two panes of glass) – check for any signs of moisture in between the glass panes. Moisture indicates that the thermal seal is broken and at a minimum, the glass will need to be replaced.
  • Take a look at your windows from the outside. Is the trim rotted or cracked anywhere? Are there dark spots or any signs of rotting on the wood frames? Repairs or replacement may be required.
  • Check the operation of your windows. Do they open and close easily? This is important because some windows, such as those in bedrooms, are often designed to be big enough to use as an exit in case of a fire.
  • Finally, are you happy with how your windows look? Do you feel that your property will look significantly better with new windows?

Although they are expensive, replacing windows has a lot of advantages. Depending on the efficiency of your current windows, replacing them could cut your energy costs by 10-20%. In addition, new windows block out more exterior noise, making your home quieter.

Want more tips on increasing the value, and enjoyment, of your property? Call Fraser or Stephen Winters today.

How to stop your home’s rising energy costs

March 20, 2008 · Filed Under First Time Buyers, Home Maintenance · 1 Comment 

(NC)—The cost of moving into a new home can be quite steep. New homeowners are often focused on buying new home furnishings, appliances and accessories. But one other important thing to consider is how your home can help you save money in the long run.
Insulating your basement is one way to help put money back into your pocket. An insulated basement can help reduce energy costs and increase your living space, as well as help increase the resale value of your home.
A substantial amount of heat can be lost through uninsulated basement walls. Installing full-height R-20 PINK Fiberglas batts is a simple solution to achieve energy savings in your basement. Using PINK Fiberglas batt insulation will form a solid thermal barrier between studs and conserve energy to help reduce heating and air conditioning costs. Lastly, don’t forget to install a continuous vapour retarder on the warm side of the wall surface and drywall.
Here are a few other helpful tips that can help reduce your energy costs:

• Help prevent cold air escaping from your home by checking for drafts. You can reduce drafts by caulking, sealing and weather-stripping around windows and door frames.

• Replace old windows and doors to help reduce the transfer of air into the home and help decrease energy costs for homeowners.
• Consider installing energy efficient appliances.

To find out how much insulation you’ll need for your basement renovation and how you can help reduce energy costs in your home visit, www.owenscorning.ca.

To achieve the best insulating system in your basement you will need:

• R-14 PINK Fiberglas batts between wall studs

• 2″ CodeBord rigid foam insulation to apply on the exterior of wood stud walls
Combined, this insulating system will provide you with the best performance solution achieving a total R-value of 24 to increase your insulating power.