It’s time to get ready! June officially marks the start of the 2018 hurricane season. It runs through November and peaks in September and October. There is still time to prepare but not much. NOAA, the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration, predicts a near-normal hurricane season with 10-16 named storms and 5-9 hurricanes with winds topping 74 miles per hour. If the prediction is right, we could have fewer storms than last year. That’s good news. But remember, it only takes one big storm to cause significant damage. Now is the time to install new windows in your home. Protection is just one of the many benefits you get in return. Trusted Hands Services has installed thousands of windows and can help with any window repair or replacement project.
New Windows Provide Protection from Storms
There are a lot of benefits to new windows. Impact resistant windows withstand high winds and the impact from debris hitting them during strong gusts. Impact resistant windows are engineered, tested and manufactured to handle winds over 160 miles per hour. Some parts of the Tampa Bay Area require them so it’s best to find a professional home renovation company to help. Trusted Hands Services knows building codes that apply to your neighborhood and can help with selection, style, and installation.
Not everyone needs impact resistant windows, but everyone will benefit from getting any type of new window for their home. First off, new windows are almost always made better than the old ones. Their casings are stronger, seals are tighter, and they are better insulated. That means homeowners will save on electricity immediately after installation. Windownation.com estimates energy savings from $101 to $583 per year for every single-pane window replaced with an Energy-Star rated window. On top of that, utility companies often provide a rebate for new window installation. Utility companies require certain standards to qualify for the rebate, so be sure to check with your electricity provider before you make your purchase.
Another cost savings can come from insurance companies. New windows offer better protection against break-ins and are made with tempered glass to reduce the risk of injury if they are damaged. This means homeowner’s insurance companies often lower rates on policies to homeowners that install new windows!
Clean and Quiet
Along with saving money, your house will stay cleaner because dust won’t be blowing in through loose fitting windows, and a light tinting protects your furniture against harmful UV rays that fade and discolor fabrics. New windows also reduce the noise from outside, creating a peaceful sanctuary for your family to rest and recharge.
Help the Environment
By installing new windows, you can help the environment too! Based on a recent windownation.com article, new windows can reduce carbon dioxide emissions by up to 6,200 pounds per year. Recycle old windows by using them as picture frames and displays. Paint the frames in a bright color or leave them as they are for a more distressed look. Hang them in front of a large photo of a mountain scene or cityscape to create a sly visual effect! Consider hanging a wreath or an artful clock on an old window and hanging it above a fireplace mantle. Add sturdy hooks to an old window frame, mount it on the wall in your mudroom and use for coats and bags. There are lots of great ideas on how to repurpose used windows. Find more ideas at remodelaholic.com.
New Windows Raise the Value of your Home
Finally, new windows will increase the value of your home! So, when you’re ready to sell, you can justify raising the sales price. According to windownation.com, the average home can recoup as much as 74% of the cost of new windows when the house is sold. This is a tremendous value and much higher than other renovation projects. For example, a complete bathroom renovation will increase the value of a home between 48% and 67% of the cost depending on where you live.
A Better Quality of Life
In addition to cost savings, better protection, and a cleaner, quieter home, new windows can enhance the beauty of your home in many ways. First off, new windows can increase natural sunlight that provides a fresh look to any room. Bay windows and window transoms open a whole new viewpoint to the world outside and showcase a garden or frame a water-view in a whole new way. Window frames also provide a sense of warmth to a cozy room that invites a family to spend time together with fun, indoor activities. That’s the best benefit of all!
With all the cost savings and lifestyle benefits of new windows, the decision to replace your old windows is an easy one to make. From protection against storms and burglary to creating a warm and cozy room to relax and reconnect with family and friends, you will never regret your decision. To get started on a window replacement project, contact Frank at Trusted Hands Services at 813.520.0000 or at trustedhandsservices.com.