Investing in new windows and doors is a sure-fire way to save on energy costs, as well as increase your home’s value.


  • 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.


  • 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.