When considering which home improvement projects add the most value, kitchen and bath remodels often come to mind first. However, there is an often-overlooked way to improve your home’s value while also reducing your monthly expenses, enhancing comfort within the home, and boosting curb appeal: replacing your windows and doors.

According to nationwide surveys of real estate professionals, window and door replacement projects yield a strong return on investment and rank among the most effective ways to boost a property’s appeal to potential buyers. In addition, replacing older windows and doors with newer, more energy-efficient models can significantly reduce your utility costs—thereby helping these home improvement projects pay for themselves over time.

Added Value of Window and Door Replacements

Even if you’re not planning to sell your home any time soon, you likely want to ensure that any major home improvement projects you undertake will add value to your home and deliver a positive return on your investment over time. While the amount of value added by new windows and doors will vary based on a variety of factors, including your home’s price point and the type of windows and doors installed, several studies have quantified the benefits of these projects. For example, a 2020 survey from a real estate company called HomeLight determined that the average cost to replace all the windows in a home is $12,000. At resale, this project adds an average of $9,672 to a home’s price, thereby yielding an estimated return on investment of 81 percent.

Another recent study—the National Association of Realtors 2019 Remodeling Impact Report—asked realtors across the country about which interior and exterior home improvement projects had the greatest impact on a home sale. In the exterior category, respondents ranked new vinyl windows as the second most valuable project in terms of both how much they added to the home’s sale price and how much they boosted its appeal to buyers. New vinyl windows were estimated to improve a home’s functionality and livability by 42 percent, while yielding an average return on investment of 71 percent. This same survey ranked new wood windows fourth on the list of exterior home improvements that added the most value at resale, and sixth on the list in terms of greatest appeal to buyers.

As one of the first things that people notice when approaching your home, replacing your front door offers a powerful opportunity to add value and boost curb appeal. Specifically, the 2019 Remodeling Impact Report ranked fiberglass front doors and steel front doors seventh and eighth in terms of both added value to a home’s listing price and enhanced appeal to buyers. Both types of doors carried an estimated return on investment of approximately 75 percent. However, when installing a new front door, variables such as paint color may play a major role in the response from prospective buyers—according to a 2018 analysis by Zillow, homes with front doors that were painted black or charcoal gray sold for approximately $6,200 more than the listing price!

Utility Cost Savings from New, Energy-Efficient Windows and Doors

The windows and doors on the market today are far more energy efficient than those that were available in the past. In addition to the positive environmental impact of the latest energy-saving technologies, replacing older windows and doors with newer models can significantly reduce your utility costs.

According to the U.S. Department of Energy (DOE), up to 30 percent of a home’s heating and cooling energy use can be attributed to heat gained and lost through the windows. As a result, ensuring that your home’s windows are as energy efficient as possible will help reduce the need to run your HVAC system—thereby cutting your monthly utility bills. In fact, the DOE also estimates that by installing new windows that carry an ENERGY STAR certification, you may be able to save between $125 and $465 per year in utility costs. In addition to these significant cost savings, replacing your home’s windows and doors may carry tax benefits: the federal tax code offers a credit of 10 percent of the replacement cost, up to $200 for qualifying windows and skylights and up to $500 for doors.

Maximizing the Financial Benefits of New Windows and Doors

As you consider the options for replacing your home’s windows and doors, a variety of factors can influence the financial benefits of the project. For instance, here are a few things to look for when choosing products and service providers.

  • ENERGY STAR certifications. A program run by the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency, ENERGY STAR provides consumers and businesses with objective, credible information to help them choose windows, doors, and other products that are certified to improve energy efficiency.
  • Low-E glass. The most energy-efficient windows and doors contain low-emissivity, or low-E, coatings on their glass. These coatings reflect the sun’s heat and UV rays away from your home during the warmer months, while reflecting them back inside during the winter. As a result, low-E coatings reduce energy loss by an estimated 30-50 percent.
  • Two or more panes of glass. Many older windows tend to be single pane, which does not offer much insulation against outdoor temperatures. Fortunately, double-pane windows—which consist of two sheets of glass separated by a space that is often filled with a gas such as argon or krypton—are now prevalent. A double-pane design offers significantly better insulation because the gas-filled space traps hot or cold air from the outside. While triple-pane windows are also available, they are typically not necessary in the climate of the Las Vegas area.
  • Strong product warranties. One of the best ways to ensure that your new windows and doors will deliver a strong return on investment for years to come is to choose products from reputable brands that offer excellent warranties. For instance, at Nevada Window and Door Store, one of the industry-leading brands we work with is Anlin, which offers a double lifetime warranty on all products installed in residential properties. This means that as long as you live in your home, you will not be responsible for the cost of any repairs or replacements of properly installed and maintained products that are found to be defective—and when the time comes to sell your home, the warranty can be fully transferred to the new owner.
  • Professional installation. Regardless of the quality of your new windows and doors, they may not perform as expected if they are not installed properly. Therefore, it’s essential to choose an experienced, qualified company—such as Nevada Window and Door Store—to complete the installation process.

If you are thinking about replacing windows and/or doors in your home, Nevada Window and Door Store can guide you in choosing the highest-quality, most energy-efficient options to suit your needs and maximize your return on investment.

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