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Unsure About Window Replacements?

When it comes to home window replacement, homeowners often find themselves on edge about whether or not it’s really going to be worth the investment.

If programs like the Energy Star Initiative (boasting guaranteed returns on investment) aren’t enough to convince, then surely there must be some key factors that help make a decision like replacing your windows to be a no-brainer.

Cases Where You Should Always Replace Your Windows:

Indeed there are a few situations, and this is especially true for the Tucson-area  environment, where homeowners can be assured that replacing their windows is a smart investment.

Some of those are as follows:

Cracked Panes

– If you have a window or windows with cracked panes, then a simple repair may seem like a feasible solution, but in reality your best option is a full replacement. Cracked panes provide little to no insulation and  generally speaking it is difficult to just replace the glass of a window only.

You may be paying extra for a custom cut pane to be refitted, and the odds are that your old frame (unless the window was Energy Star qualified) isn’t nearly as efficient as new frames on the market today.

Wooden Frames

– For historic buildings, wooden window frames may seem very fitting, but on your average home in Tucson, they just don’t make the grade. If you’re thinking about replacing your windows, but found that some simple air sealing and weatherization could save you some money and leave you just as well off, then think again!

Wood framed windows do not stand up to the harsh environment of the Arizona desert. They are simply inefficient. Vinyl and thermal aluminum are the leading materials in window construction for good reason, because they are designed to withstand the most bizarre weather and still save you significant amounts of energy.

Single Panes

– One of the most common things we see in window replacement is homeowners who are indecisive about replacing single pane windows. There have been countless studies done on the significance in energy saving of dual or triple pane windows compared to single pane ones. In fact, a huge basis for the rising popularity of home window replacement is due to research and development having proven that the most energy efficient upgrade to a home is switching out old single panes with double or triple panes.

Literally the industry would not be what it was today if replacing single pane windows didn’t make such a drastic and noticeable difference. With the majority of older homes having single panes in every opening, as we move towards a greener lifestyle it only makes sense that we change what was once thought to be the only option, into something much grander and more efficient.


There may be a few other key factors we could list here; however, it’s in these three cases that a homeowner has the lowest risk and greatest return for fully replacing their home windows.

Other situations may need other variables factored-in in order to make them a worthwhile investment, but for these three situations we can almost always assure you  that you’ve made the right decision in opting for new home window replacements.

As always though, be sure to contact several window replacement contractors in your area and take the time to go over the quotes they offer. You shouldn’t make your final decision on window replacement without first consulting with industry professionals about your home’s specific needs.

Call or email today to schedule your free in-home consultation, or just to ask a few questions, and we’ll be happy to assist you!


One response to “Unsure About Window Replacements?”

  1. Raven@amext says:

    Great information for homeowner’s about when it’s necessary to upgrade their old windows. Energy efficient windows are so beneficial for old homes not only for energy efficiency but for curb appeal, noise reduction and increased value.

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