Are your windows difficult to clean or hard to open and close? Do they let in water, cold draughts or too much heat? Are you constantly repairing them?
No one wakes up, looks at their windows, and gets excited about replacing them someday. But when was the last time you took a long hard look at your windows and how old they’re getting? Seriously, if your home is built before 1989, your windows probably don’t meet current Australian safety standards.
The good news is that replacing worn-out windows is easy. It’s one of the most effective ways to improve your comfort, safety, and security, and increase the value and energy efficiency of your home. Have a look at some of the reasons why you should replace your old windows when renovating and decide if an upgrade is right for you.
3 Reasons To Update Your Windows In Your Home
1. Your home would feel a lot more comfortable
With so much time spent at home over the past months, comfort at home has become a priority. We all want a peaceful space with plenty of fresh air and natural light, and a constant air temperature free of draughts… but how do you get it?
It isn’t hard. Vision 3 Windows & Doors have a wide choice of replacement window styles and energy-efficient glazing options can turn your home into a haven.
Noise pollution may be unseen, but it certainly isn’t unheard. It can disturb you day and night. If you live anywhere near a public space or have noisy neighbours, you’ll know how bad it can get. Properly installed windows with either double-glazing or laminated glass like Viridian VLam Hush™ can significantly reduce noise. A double-glazed window can reduce noise by 31 – 32 DB. Double-glazed laminated glass is even better if you live in a noisy area or on a busy road, with reductions of up to 37 DB.
You may be surprised by the impact a window can have on the temperature inside your home too. Achieving a comfortable temperature without relying on expensive heating and cooling systems is tricky. It requires a balance between sealing draughts, controlling heat flow and allowing in natural ventilation and sunlight. All Vision 3 windows come with full perimeter sash seals that cut draughts. Their energy-efficient glazing options can control the flow of heat into and out of your home, so that you’re cool in summer and warm in winter.
Natural ventilation can also help control the temperature inside your home and reduce the chances of unhealthy mould growth. It makes use of outside air movement and pressure differences to cool and ventilate. To draw breezes through your home, reposition larger openable windows on the more sheltered low-pressure side of your house and smaller openings on the high-pressure side facing the wind. Louvres windows, casement windows and double-hung windows are ideal for the job as they can be partially opened or angled to direct the flow of air.
Modern window replacements also offer better UV protection, keeping your kids safe from UV rays and stopping your furnishings from fading.
Finally, new windows mean less maintenance; older, traditional frames can require a fair bit of cleaning, repainting, and refinishing. With new powder-coated aluminium frames, you spend more time enjoying the comforts of home, and less time working on it.
2. Increase Your Homes Value
Renovations are often expensive, but they don’t all add the same amount of value to your home. That’s why many homeowners focus on changes that create the most impact, such as exterior upgrades. But what about new windows?
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, as well as impacting your comfort.
Replacing your windows when renovating gives you an opportunity to thoughtfully adjust the size, position and arrangement of your windows, considering passive solar orientation and natural ventilation whilst improving your homes outlook.
Expand your gorgeous backyard view and bring the outdoors in with a floor-to-ceiling Fixed Window of Viridian ComfortPlus™ glass. Try installing a Bi-Fold Window above your kitchen sink to create a seamless alfresco servery or add a set of Louvres to direct fresh airflow throughout your home. The options and ability to customize with replacement windows are endless.
3. Save Money On Energy Bills
If your energy bills are going through the roof, it is probably because around 40%* of the warmth you generate is going out your windows and doors. Replacing your old windows with new Vision 3 Timber or Aluminium windows could be the solution.
Nearly two-thirds of heat loss occurs through conduction, when warm air contacts inefficient window glass. The remaining heat loss is due to leaks in the frame and seals. Single-paned windows with standard glass are the biggest culprits, but older double-glazed windows are guilty too. As your windows age, you could be paying to heat the air trapped between the inner and outer panes of glass.
The good news is, replacing your “leaky” windows is one of the most effective ways to increase the comfort, value, and energy efficiency of your home. Modern Vision 3 windows come with full perimeter sash seals to provide maximum weather protection and reduce draughty air leaks.
All Vision 3 windows can be fitted with a range of low e or “low emissivity” glasses, either a single pane or double glazed, with two Low E glass panels separated by a thin layer of non-toxic, inert gas.
Low e glasses are coated with thin layers of transparent material that reflects up to 70% of the sun’s energy so your home stays cool in the summer. It can also reduce heat loss through windows by up to 30%.
Tinted Viridian VFloat Toned glasses are another great option for solar control. They look great in a range of colours that permeate throughout the glass creating superior clarity and reducing the sun’s heat and glare.
All these options help keep cool air inside during the summer months and prevent heat loss in winter, so you don’t have to run your aircon or heater as often. And the less you rely on your heating and cooling systems, the less you’ll pay in energy bills.
In summary, as with any long lasting building material like roofing or cladding, remember to always aim for the highest quality window your budget allows. Products with the best quality materials and glazing will provide greater comfort, safety, and security, plus increase the energy efficiency and the value of your home.
Chat to the team at Vision 3 Windows & Doors and discover what’s possible. You can visit their showroom at 42-46 Wattle Road, Brookvale to see all their windows in situ or simply call 02 9905 9700.