Newer window and door styles look best in contemporary spaces. Image: ESB Professional/Shutterstock
Pros of Replacing Windows:
- New styles tend to be more energy efficient with the most updated technologies.
- New window styles tend to look best on newer homes since they fit contemporary styles.
- If you get new windows, you can have access to more complete warranties.
- Choosing to make your home more updated and energy efficient can come with rebates or tax credits.
Artistic historical features like stained glass deserve preservation. Image: Artazum/Shutterstock
Cons of Replacing Windows:
- If you replace historical windows, like stained glass or craftsman styles, it can actually lower the value of the home.
- It might be tempting to go for something more updated and energy efficient, but it can take years for energy efficient windows to pay for themselves. According to ENERGY STAR, replacing single-pane windows can save anywhere from $126 to $465 on energy bills annually. However, replacing all your windows with new vinyl windows could run you $18,975, according to the 2017 Remodeling Impact Report from NARI. Optimistically, you’re looking at about 40 years before those energy efficient windows pay for themselves. In the meantime, you could be sacrificing the aesthetic character of your home.
Remember, it typically comes down to the age of your home and how an upgrade will look. If you’re in an old home and the windows are a key part of the architectural style, rebuilding windows will most likely be worth the investment.