If you're considering buying a home, you may be considering purchasing an older home. Older homes have their own charm, and often create a substantial return on your investment, but they pose some challenges to homeowners.
Why Buy an Older Home?
Most older homes have excellent locations. They may have a downtown nearby, or they might have an amazing view. You may end up paying a premium for the home's location, but you're also more likely to see a return on your investment: because older homes have high demand and short supply, you should see your home's value appreciate considerably.
Additionally, many older homes having charming, one-of-a-kind layouts. They may have beautiful features, like an old-fashioned staircase, or stained glass. Since you're buying a home that's stood the test of time, you can anticipate that it'll last for many, many more years.
While older homes are often very sturdily built, many of them weren't designed with energy efficiency in mind. Plus, over time, windows and their frames may become worn or damaged, reducing the quality of the house's insulation and creating drafts.
Replacing windows is one of the most significant investments you can make for a home because they significantly add to a home's value and its curb appeal, and may cut down substantially on your energy bills. One particularly popular way of increasing the value of older homes is by installing energy-efficient windows, such as low-emissivity (Low-E) glass or double pane windows.
Low-E and Double Pane Windows
Low-emmisivity (Low-E) windows cut down substantially on solar heat gain. Low-E glass is specially treated with a thin metallic coating that only reduces visible light transmission by about 10%. It also cuts down on UV ray transmission and glare, like a pair of sunglasses might. The end result is a cooler, more comfortable home.
Another kind of energy-efficient window is double pane windows, which are a kind of insulated glass unit (IGU). Double pane windows consist of two layers of glass, which are separated by either a moisture-absorbing dessicant or a glass spacer. The result is a layer of air that's sealed off from both your home and the outside, which functions as a layer of insulation. Double pane windows' insulation keeps outside air from entering your home and disturbing its climate, so your home will be comfortable in all seasons.
Buying an older home is typically more expensive than choosing a new one. But you'll end up with a home that's charming and built to last, with the potential for a real increase on your investment over time. And by making your home more energy-efficient, you'll see an even more dramatic appreciation in value. Call Glass Doctor® of Kitchener-Waterloo or fill out an online request form for a free consultation today!