When summer arrives, remodeling and home improvement projects really pick up speed. TheÂ warmer temperatures and longer days make summer the perfect time to tackle all those tasks that can be thwarted by cold weather.
Ask the professionals atÂ Sears Home ServicesÂ and theyâll tell you that one home improvement project in particular receives a lot of attention during the summer months: window replacement. And for good reasons! For starters, homeowners whoÂ are considering replacing outdated windowsÂ stand to benefit from the upgrade immediately, and in the long run theyâll enjoy a boost in their homeâs value. Read on for a few more great reasons to replace old windows this summer.
Window replacement involves opening your home to the elements, and this can give a homeowner pause. Dave Lincon, Sears Home Servicesâ Director of Product Management and Business Development, pinpoints the typical homeownerâs concern: âNo one wants to replace windows when itâs 4 degrees outside in the winter.â Even spring, with all that rain, isnât ideal.Â Window replacement is best done during the sunny, warm days of summer.
Avoiding a window project in winter isnât just a question of household comfort. Winterâs frigid temperatures and inclement weather can also impede construction. For example, some types of exterior caulking do not adhere well in cold weather, so you wonât get the best seal possible. Replacing windows in the winter may also lead toÂ delays if the contractor has to reschedule as a result of snowy conditions. The best all-around option is to replace windows when itâs warm outside. Then, when Old Man Winter comes calling a few months later, youâll already have a cozy, draft-free home.
Keeping the house cool during hot weather can put a strain on the budget, especially when the existing windows are single-pane. âPeople often replace their windows for energy efficiency,â Lincon says, and that necessity âbecomes glaringly evident right when things are starting to heat up.â
If your air conditioner has to runÂ nonstop just to maintain a comfortably cool indoor temperature, youâll notice an immediate difference in your utility bills as soon as you have new windows installed. Todayâs energy-efficient replacement windows feature argon gas-filled panes that reduce heat transfer through the glass, so your AC unit wonât have to work overtime just to keep you cool. Windows with low-e coating further reduce solar transfer. You wonât feel the heat so much, even when youâre standing right next to a sunny window. The coatings also filter out the rays of the sun, helping to protect carpet, draperies,Â and upholstery from fading.
To fit every need and budget, replacement windows fromÂ Sears Home Services come in one of three grades of qualityâgood, better, and bestâand theyâre allÂ Energy StarÂŽ rated.
When you replace outdated windows in the summer, youâll be able to enjoy those soft autumn breezes just around the corner. Old windows, especially if theyâve been painted, can be difficult (or impossible) to open.Â Replacing yours now ensures that youâll have new windows that will open and close smoothlyÂ on that first fresh, breezy fall day.
Moreover, you can upgrade toÂ windowsÂ that are aÂ snap to clean, so it will be easy for you to keep your view of the outside free of dirt and smudges.Â Sears Home ServicesÂ offers a variety of replacement windows in popular styles:Â double-hung windows that open effortlessly and tilt out for easy cleaning, traditional sliders, casement windows that open via a hand crank, and fixed (non-operable) picture windows, garden windows, and bay windows.
When summer finally arrives and everyone heads outdoors, things get noisy. Kidsâ games, yard maintenance, remodeling projects, barbecuesâeverything adds to the neighborhood noise level.Â While sounds like birdsong and childrenâs play can be pleasant and cheerful, the banging of hammers on the neighborâs construction project and the roaring engineÂ of the lawn mower down the block most decidedly are not. âPeople donât realize how much unwanted noise enters through old windows,â Lincon says, so theyâre often pleasantly surprised by the remarkable noise reduction after the installation of new replacement windows.
Any replacements for old, leaky windows will help damper theÂ sounds from outdoors. But if youâre specifically interested in creating a quieter home environment, speak to a professional at Sears Home ServicesÂ about multipane windows and windows with laminated glass and added insulation in the frame.
Summer brings everyone outdoors, and with this increase in outside activity comes an increase in the risk of broken and cracked windows. Surprisingly, though, neighborhood kids playing ball arenât the leading cause of broken windows on houses. TheÂ number-one perp? High winds,Â common in many areas of the country as fall approaches, whichÂ break tree branches and turn sticks into projectiles. âItâs not that the wind is blowingâitâs what the wind is blowingâ that poses a threat to windowpanes, Lincon says.
Older windows are more susceptible to cracking and breaking on impact than newer options available from Sears Home Services. Some newer designs sandwich a layer of polyvinyl butyral (PVB) between laminated glass panes, so if an impact is strong enough to break a window,Â the glass will shatter harmlessly instead of fragmenting into deadly shards that pose a danger to people and pets in the home.
The impact-resistant windows available today also offer added security from break-insâsomething youâre sure to appreciate when you go away on vacation. Indeed, Sears Home Servicesâ wide selection of windows offers security features like dual-cam locks and durable steel-reinforced frames. If you put in these tough, beautiful windows this summer, youâll enjoy peace of mind for the rest of the season and also benefit from this smart home improvement for many, many years to come.
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Interested in an upgrade?Â A Sears Home Services consultant can give you a price estimateÂ for replacing your windows inÂ minutes right over the phone (888-830-4127).Â Or, if you prefer a more personal touch,Â download a window measurement form, and then call the above number to request a free home visit by a certified consultant. The consultant will come to your home, show you samples to help you select the right windows, and discuss financing options.