Your Milwaukee home’s windows aren’t what they used to be. They might still look fine, but you’ve started to notice a draft near them during the colder months, or your energy bills have spiked as time has gone on. Maybe you’ve noticed window condensation. Clearly a change is needed, but what kind of change? You have two options: repairing your windows or replacing your windows. But which one is the right choice for you, and in particular, which one offers your home the most value?
The answer may vary from homeowner to homeowner, but before you decide, let’s break down what each option offers:
If your windows are still in good condition, but need a boost to be more energy efficient, you can make small repairs to update them. This may mean strengthening the weatherstripping and caulk around the windows, or adding blinds or window treatments. New panels or low-e coating might also be a way to update your windows and make them more energy efficient.
This is considerably more affordable, in most cases, than replacing windows outright, and many homeowners might prefer this option. However, its boost to your home value is not significant. Energy efficient updates will help you save money on bills, and a more energy efficient home will be valued higher than a comparative home with less energy efficiency. At the end of the day, though, you’re still using your old windows — you’ve just patched them up a little.
If the window is at least 20 years old or has constant problems with air leakage or heat loss, it may be a good idea to simply replace it. Not only will this swap out a dysfunctional window for a functional one, but replacement windows often come with more modern features that make them inherently more energy efficient. This is more expensive, of course, than simply updating windows, but it makes a more substantial change to the energy efficiency of the home. It also puts more weight into your home value, as the replacement window is a new feature that will last for longer. New replacement windows are much more likely to have value in the competitive Milwaukee housing market than simple repairs to old windows.