If you're in the market for a new home, you have a decision to make about which structure you want: old or new. While newer homes have newer appliances, electrical systems, and HVAC systems, older homes are still popular among buyers too, and it's easy to see why. Before you invest in an older house, learn about the advantages and disadvantages of older constructions – and why older windows could seriously inflate the cost of maintaining your new household.
Advantages of Buying an Old Home
Older constructions are often available for lower prices, making it possible to get more square footage on a pinched budget. They also have unique layouts and details, setting them apart from other homes in the same price range. Of course, older homes also come with history, which might mean built-ins and other details that give your space its own character.
With the addition of modern-day appliances and updated flooring, it's possible to reinvent an older building without losing the history that makes it special. However, there's another upgrade that we recommend for all homeowners: new window panes and door glass. Upgrading your glass and reinforcing your seal is one of the most important steps you can take after purchasing a new home.
Disadvantages of Buying an Old Home
So, why is new glass so important? Unfortunately, older homes may also come with one big drawback: energy waste. As structures shift and settle over time – and insulation, caulking, and other protective materials slowly lose their protective powers – older homes may leak air conditioning in the summer and heat in the winter.
The windows and door frames are the most common culprits of household energy loss, because these are usually the only openings to the outside world. In any house, your frames and panes must be properly sealed to avoid temperature transfer, but older glass units and improperly sealed frames may prevent this seal. Fortunately, we have a solution at Glass Doctor® of Sarnia/Lambton County.
Energy Efficient Windows for Historic Homes
Our glass specialists understand the importance of an airtight seal. If you want to take advantage of the historic appeal of an older home, you don't have to get stuck with the inefficient elements too. We recommend insulated glass units (IGUs), which include double pane windows and triple pane windows, as well as low-emissivity (Low-E) panes that cut down on heat and glare.
Double pane windows are especially useful in older homes, because they double your layers of protection while preventing moisture damage with a built-in moisture-absorbing spacer. Meanwhile, Low-E windows seriously reduce the costly side effects of sunshine without reducing your natural lighting. Contact us to learn more about our double pane windows.