Investing in new windows and doors is a sure-fire way to save on energy costs, as well as increase your home’s value.
SCOTT MOSBY, MOSBY BUILDING ARTS LTD.
- If deciding between the replacement of doors or windows, I recommend replacing doors first. It strengthens curb appeal, improves security, enhances energy efficiency and provides the biggest return for the investment.
- Three indicators that your windows and/or doors need attention are difficulty to operate and lock, water leaks and excessive air infiltration.
- Two window designs trending in the St. Louis area are double hung and casement. Double hung slide open from the top and/or bottom and casement windows open with a crank and are popular for their ease of operation.
- Three main types of doors are wood, fiberglass and steel. Fiberglass and steel are gaining popularity because the man-made material holds it shape and seals securely.
- Knowledge and experience can deliver or destroy the value of a product. Focus on professional installation versus choosing the ‘best brand’ of window or door. Poor installation can lead to leaks, resulting in expensive repairs and poor indoor air quality—installation is key.
BOB STARR, SHOW ME BLINDS & SHUTTERS
- If your window treatments are worn, dingy and/or not working properly, it is time to update them.
- Duette Architella blinds by Hunter Douglas come in a variety of fabrics, pleat sizes, colors and textures and reduce energy loss by up to 50 percent.
- Brighten your home’s interior with 2-inch faux wood blinds—a cost-effective option available in a variety of finishes.
- Shop wisely. Although ‘box stores’ may appear to offer the best value, stores that specialize in window treatments offer quality products with reliable guarantees.
- Choose a one-stop shop that has a showroom, offers in-home consultation with designers and professional installation.
- Updating window treatments can increase a home’s value in preparation for resale.