When and Why to Replace Your Old Doors or Windows
All houses and buildings have doors in them, and they typically have plenty of windows, too. The question is when these old historic wood doors or wood windows on a house need to be replaced. A new homeowner might be tempted to think that their house’s windows and doors are permanent, but this is hardly the case. In fact, a homeowner may suffer some consequences if their windows and doors are old and don’t get replaced. By contrast, modern and cutting-edge windows and modern front doors can do a lot of good, and those modern front doors can be installed expertly when professionals are called onto the scene. Traditional wooden doors may look charming, but sometimes it’s time to have a modern front door put in their place instead. Why might this be done?
The Problem With Old Doors and Windows
What’s wrong with some old, rustic windows and doors? Time-worn hardware such as this may cause some issues, and that even includes aesthetics. And old window may have chipped or worn paint that’s ugly to look at, and an old window may also have termite damage or cloudy or scratched glass. Old doors may also show their age, and this beat-up hardware won’t impress anyone who’s looking to buy the home. Someone who is selling their house needs to have modern and appealing features in it, and old doors and windows may hamper this effort.
That’s not all. Old windows and doors are warped from age and don’t quite fit into their frames correctly, and that, combined with their fragile status, means that burglars may have an easy time forcing their way in. A burglar may need only a crowbar or even their bare hands or feet to break through an old window or door, making these old doors and windows a real security issues. Finally, old windows and doors allow air drafts to get through, and this disrupts the home’s climate control. Air drafts mean that warm air escapes in winter, and cool air will leak right out in the summer. In either cases, this constant loss of air forces the heater or air conditioner to repeatedly turn back on and work overtime, and that uses up a lot of expensive electricity. After all, the HVAC services use up half of the home’s power, so an efficiency problem will drive up the electric bill in a hurry. So, old wooden doors and windows should be swapped out for new windows and a modern front door.
If a homeowner has determined that their old windows or doors need to be upgraded, that homeowner may get some references for window and door replacement companies in their area. The homeowner may visit a local hardware store for references and also look online, and a good window/door replacement company will have its own website. The homeowner may find articles, videos, and photos showcasing the company’s work, not to mention customer reviews and contact information. The homeowner may even compare a few local companies before choosing one to hire.
These contractors, once they arrive on the scene, can carefully remove any old doors or windows that the homeowner wants upgraded. The crews may measure the holes in the windows and doors, and then suggest some new models to the homeowner. New windows may have modern tech to ease the strain on the HVAC services, such as double-paned glass that resists the loss of warm air during winter. Some windows are approved by the Energy STAR Program, in fact. At any rate, a homeowner will choose the desired model, and crews will get to work. These workers may perform test-fits of doors and windows, then permanently install them and seal them to prevent any air leaks.
In contrast to old hardware, new windows and a modern front door will be properly fitted and sealed and won’t allow air drafts, thus easing the strain on the HVAC system. They are tough and fit well, which also makes them resistant to burglars and forced entry attempts. On top of all that, new windows and doors look attractive and are bound to appeal to home buyers later on. A homeowner may thus get a better price for their property.