How replacement windows can add value to your home
Home renovations can be an expensive yet sometimes necessary investment. From kitchen remodels right though to loft and garage conversions. There are endless possibilities to upgrade your home and increase its market value. But what about your windows? Can replacement windows add value to your home? The short answer is yes, however, there are a number of things you will need to take into account.
In this blog post we will look at how replacement windows can add value to your home. But also discuss where you may need to be cautious when upgrading your windows for value purposes.
Improves energy efficiency rating
The typical house in the UK will lose around 10% of its heat through the windows. And its estimated about 35% is lost through the walls and gaps in and around the openings of doors and windows. However, replacement windows can significantly improve the energy efficiency of your home and ensure more heat stays in.
How is this possible? Not all windows are made the same and some perform better than others. In theory, the more expensive a window is the better it will perform. However, we wouldn’t suggest basing your purchase of this logic! There is a definitive and better way to know how well a window will perform – its WER rating.
The efficiency and performance of a window is judged by The British Fenestration Rating Council (BFRC) on a scale from A++ to E. Which is a Windows Energy Rating or WER for short. A++ windows are the most energy-efficient with E being the lowest…and not in line with current building regulations. Current building regulations require that replacement windows are rated C or above.
If your windows WER rating can be increased, so can the value of your home. All of the windows we offer at Majestic Designs have an energy rating of A+14 as standard. Ensuring your home is kept warm throughout the winter and significantly reduces your heating bills.
Your home is a place where you should feel safe and secure. Unfortunately, it’s estimated a home burglary takes place every 108 seconds in the UK. With over half of these occurring when someone is at home.
It’s a scary thought, however, replacement windows can help secure your home. Ultimately adding value to your property. If your windows are old, single glazed or have visible damage, your home will be a target for potential break-ins. Here’s how a replacement windows can secure your home;
Windows which are double glazed offer a wide range of benefits, one of them being extra security. Single glazed windows are generally less durable and provide many weak spots.
Double glazing is standard amongst all window providers, meaning if your home has single glazed windows, they are probably old. Modern windows are fitted with safety glass which is tougher and more durable.
Every window will be either internally or externally beaded. The “bead” is a strip of material used to hold the window pane in place within the frame. Modern windows are internally beaded which adds an extra layer of security. This is because the bead cannot be accessed and removed from the outside. Meaning a potential burglar would have a tough time removing the glass from the frame.
Most modern windows are fitted with multi-point locks, when purchasing replacement windows, it’s important this is a feature. A multi-point locking system locks at multiple points as opposed to one, adding an extra layer of security for any window.
It’s not uncommon during the hot summer nights to want to sleep with the window open. However, this could potentially welcome unwanted guests. Many modern windows feature night vents which allows the window to be opened slightly whilst remaining locked.
Improves kerb appeal
Your home kerb appeal is how attractive it looks from the outside, making a good first impression is key if you are looking to sell your property. Worn down, dirty and broken windows will not do anything for the value of your property. Investing in replacement windows can considerably improve the look of your home and increase its worth.
And the great thing is there are several window styles to choose from which are completely customisable. Here at Majestic Designs, we offer a range of colours, textured glass panes and hardware options, meaning there is a replacement window to suit any home. Here at Majestic Designs, we offer the following styles of windows;
- Casement windows
- Flush casement windows
- Sash windows
- Bay windows
- Bow windows
- Tilt and turn windows
- Leaded and Georgian windows
- Bespoke windows
- Coloured windows
Where to be cautious
Replacing your windows can add value to your property and make your home much more energy efficient. However, windows on older homes have a historic charm that defines the period of the property. Installing modern windows could potentially de-value the home as it loses its classic character.
The good news is with the right design and window choice, such as Leaded and Georgian windows, your traditional windows can be replicated using modern technology. Allowing you to retain your property’s period look whilst reaping the benefits of a contemporary window.
Should I replace my windows before selling my house?
If your current windows might cause issues during the selling of your property, it might be worth upgrading them. However, if they are in good shape and still performing correctly there may be no need to hastily do so. If you are unsure of the condition of windows, read our handy guide as to when you might need to replace your uPVC windows.
Find out more
If you are looking to add value to your property with replacement windows, get in touch today to discuss your installation requirements. Replacement windows can last up to 30 years and all of our windows are backed by a 10 year warranty. Giving you extra peace of mind that your investment is well worth it.