There are a lot of good reason to replace your home’s windows. “They’ll pay for themselves” is not one of them. New dual pane or triple pane windows will be more efficient than your old windows—but they won’t return the $300 to $1,500+ per replacement window in heating and cooling savings. But there are real reasons that make replacement windows a smart decision.
First of all, if you’re only looking at replacing a few windows we always suggest ensuring they need to full be replaced. If your window’s problem is minor, such as needing new glass, new weatherstripping, or hardware you should read our window repair page as well. However, replacing a damaged, warped, or broken window sash or frame is almost always preferred to attempting a repair. Do your windows fog up early in the morning? Are they drafty? Do they stick when you try to open or close them? Do they refuse to stay open? If your windows are malfunctioning in any of these ways, your windows are likely failing and you might want to start thinking about replacing them.
Knowledge and design of window frames, styles, and selection are critical when replacing your windows. Homeowners, on average, get about 70-75% of their replacement window investment back when they sell their home. So if you’re looking at potentially moving in the next few years you can factor in a return on your investment as a reason to upgrade your home windows.
However, choose the wrong windows, and replacements can actually cost you money. If you replace your windows with a downscale feature or low quality product, you could actually end up costing yourself money. Much like a historic home whose real wood frames are replaced with cheap vinyl, the value is no longer what it was. The same can be said for poor quality and style choices. There’s much more value at stake than just the initial cost when considering a glass company.
Windows are one of the most prominent features of a home, and if they look worn, your house will too. Look to see whether the color is fading or the window material is warping, or whether condensation streaks and seals are beginning to show their wear. Like anything that’s broken in our lives, these things will start to wear on us and how we feel about our home. As well as hurt our home’s resale value.
Instead, take this opportunity to evolve the design and feel of your home. Quality should always come first and foremost when replacing your windows. Followed closely by design. At Stellar Glass Works, we’ll work with you to find the best balance of quality, design, and cost to suit your home. Where we’ll work together to select windows for your home that accentuate the vision or design theme of the home you want.
Windows will eventually wear out over time and need to be replaced. If you start to notice your HVAC system running nonstop or bills charging more than reasonably acceptable, you may want to request a free home consultation to check your windows. It’s likely your seals have worn out and are allowing air in around your windows. If you still have single pane windows installed in your home, then you have windows without any insulating properties, meaning your cold air conditioning is going to be lost in the summer and your warm air is going to be lost in the winter because to the heat transfer and no insulation.
Because it’s simply the right thing to do, we’re never going to ask you to do anything for our financial benefit. So calling us out to inspect your windows is always in your best interest, and if something does need to be repaired or replaced, we’ll walk you through all of your options to ensure that you’re getting the most value for your home, and for your budget. Both now and in the future when you go to sell your home.
We can easily and quickly service all over the Valley. Our team of professionals are some of the most experienced, cordial, and knowledgeable glazers you’ll ever meet. We’ll be happy to speak with you one the phone, in a message, or swing by our shop:
Stellar Glass Works
8146 N 23rd Ave, Ste E
Phoenix, AZ 85021
tel: (602) 679-8346
Double pane windows have two panes of glass, many with insulating argon gas between the panes. The additional layer of material, plus the insulating gap in between is what makes them stand out. Two panes of glass means more layers of protection between the weather and your home.
Triple pane glazing provides three panes of glass with Low E coatings. Two glass spaces are insulated with argon gas between the panes. However, triple pane (three panes of glass) doesn’t necessarily mean a window is more energy efficient, despite the higher cost. It’s actually the quality of the glass coatings, the type of gas used between the glass panes, the design of the window, the materials used, and how well it’s made that determine the overall energy efficiency. Consider the energy efficiency of the entire window not just the number of panes of glass it has.
Low E coatings on the glass surface help manage the amount of light and heat either conducted through a window or reflected away from it, reducing a home’s dependence on energy-consuming climate control systems. The national ENERY STAR® program recommends a Low E3 coating for our sunny, desert climate. Low E3 uses multiple metallic coatings to cause less solar heat gain through the glass while also improving radiant heat transfer to keep your HVAC air inside, while keeping nature’s elements out.
A poorly designed or installed window will end up costing you more in the long run. Please consider all the variables when choosing which Phoenix window company you want to work with on your home. Low quality materials shrink and expand with cold/heat cycles, and causes seals to fail. Once seals fail, the energy efficiency of the windows is shot and you’re looking at having to do the job over.
For all your glass needs, call us at (602) 679-8346 to speak with one of our Project Managers as you work through how you want to approach your window replacement project.