Windows are unique among the building components since they affect not just the performance of your home but also its appearance, both inside and out. They are also a key element in creating a comfortable and functional home.
You may not think much about your windows unless something goes wrong with them. In fact, numerous risks and issues can emerge when you live in a home with older windows. For example, old windows can be prone to many problems, including leaking, cracking, letting through excessive drafts, etc.
When you notice these issues with your windows, it may be time for a window replacement. Of course, people decide to install new windows for a host of practical and compelling reasons.
1) Energy Savings (Costs)
Many people like you cite wanting more energy efficiency when deciding to install new windows. Utility rates are steadily increasing in Salem and other parts of Oregon communities, leaving many homeowners struggling to afford to heat and cool their homes.
Your roof and the windows are two places where your home will lose the most warm or cool air. One effective way to make energy usage more economical is by installing new windows. When you put in new windows, it will be easier to maintain a steady temperature in your living spaces, saving you a lot of money.
There are new windows that deliver greater energy efficiency by offering heat reflecting Low-E coatings and argon-filled glass. You'll find that wood, fiberglass, and vinyl windows also come equipped with energy-efficient options.
Energy-efficient windows are designed to keep your home's warm or cool air from escaping.
These new energy-saving windows can reduce your annual heating costs by more than
20 percent. In fact, homeowners could save as much as 10 percent to 25 percent every year on both their heating and cooling expenses after installing new energy-efficient windows.
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3) Noise Pollution
Living in a home that is subjected to excessive noise pollution can lead, over time, to depression, experts tell us. Everything from drilling builders and revving cars can overtake our senses after a while as we are forced to put up with what seems like never-ending noise pollution.
The amount of unpleasant sounds in your home will be based on factors such as the number of windowpanes, the way they are fitted, and the building and material quality of your windows.
How can noise pollution negatively affect your health?
Research shows that when excessive noise inside your home is constant over a long period of time, the home's occupants have a greater chance of suffering from chronic health ailments such as high blood pressure and cardiovascular disease. What's more, other serious health issues can be caused by excessive noise pollution like Type 2 diabetes, heart attacks, strokes, and dementia. Additionally, people who are bombarded with a lot of loud noise regularly can also succumb to mental health problems.
Unwanted environmental noise can affect your feelings and thoughts. This can lead to exhaustion, anger, and stress. Eventually, this may increase the chances of becoming depressed.
We become more vulnerable to diseases and illnesses when our bodies are under assault from particularly loud noises on a consistent basis. Our bodies are put on high alert. Then, your blood pressure could increase, and stress hormones may be activated, according to the German Society of Psychosomatic Medicine and Medical Psychotherapy (DGPM).
According to the DGPM, people are most commonly disturbed by aircraft noise, followed by traffic, neighbors, industrial work, and railways.
What makes matters yet worse is that urban pollution is typically combined with air pollution – notably from fine particle matter – much of which is caused by cars. This type of noise pollution can trigger inflammatory processes in the blood, which interact with depression.
At a time when now millions more Americans are working from home – brought on by the Covid-19 pandemic public safety measures – medical experts contend that productivity is being negatively affected by unwanted neighborhood noise.
Installing new windows can reduce noise pollution in your home by as much as 50 percent. Many modern window designs do a superior job of blocking out noise. This will be particularly beneficial if you live on a busy road or in a noisy neighborhood.
Replacing your existing windows with higher quality single or double pane glass can provide as much as a 20 percent to 50 percent reduction in noise pollution.
The right windows, if installed correctly, will protect people from the worst effects of outside noise. You might choose sound-proof windows for the ultimate in noise reduction. Sound-proof windows typically offer stronger glazing, a different structure, and sound-proof film integrated into the glass. Also, frames and seals on these windows provide extra insulation.
New, standard windows can reduce outside noise by approximately 32 decibels. Basic soundproof windows eliminate as much as 42 decibels, and composite windows cut sound by up to 50 decibels. Additionally, box-type windows protect home occupants from about 55 decibels of noise, according to Juergen Benitz-Wildenburg from ift Rosenheim, a testing institute for window technology.
As you begin shopping for new windows, and if you are concerned about the amount of noise pollution in your home, begin by identifying the level of sound you can tolerate indoors. This will determine the type of windows that will be most suitable for your needs when it comes to sound decibels.
"Say you measure 80 decibels outside and want a quiet 30 decibels indoors; you need windows that can insulate 50 decibels of sound," says Benitz-Wildenburg.
However, if it is a relatively calm 60 decibels outdoors, you could settle for double glazing rather than sound-proof windows.
New windows are great for adding to curb appeal for your property. The amount of visual appeal that the right new windows can bring to your home is striking.
Homeowners are often surprised by how much the appearance of a room can be transformed by installing new windows. They bring lots of natural light and fresh air, but the window structure and design can also be an important feature in your home's interior design.
The new windows will have UV coatings to prevent the sun from fading your flooring and furniture, decreasing the house's value and affecting its appearance.
You can choose from a wide variety of style options for your new windows that will be aesthetically pleasing and will complement your home's architectural style.
The enhanced curb appeal that new windows provide will also improve the value of your home, and that will come in handy when it's time to sell your house.
Look to 3Rs Construction & Remodeling for the Best Selection of New Windows
With all the advancements in window technology, 3Rs Construction & Remodeling can provide homeowners like you with new windows that offer substantial benefits.
At 3Rs Construction, we offer a wide variety of features, options, and materials on our windows for you to choose from. This makes it possible for us to customize a new or replacement window that will perfectly suit your unique preferences.
3Rs Construction & Remodeling is the general contractor you can trust to provide the right solution for all your window needs.
Call us at (503) 363-1059, so we can get started on helping you upgrade your windows today!