Older homes can be incredibly beautiful and comforting to come home to. Both charming and cozy, they offer a unique quality that is often missing in more modern architectural styles. However, owning an older home is not without its challenges. It can be difficult to know when it’s time to replace your home’s original windows and materials.


At Window World in Bloomington, our window replacement pros work with Illinois homeowners to help create beautiful looks that blend well with the original design of older homes. In this blog post, we’ll discuss some of the things you’ll need to consider when deciding whether a window should be saved or replaced.


Should I Replace or Keep a Window?

When it comes to replacing the windows in an older home, it is natural to be concerned with the prospect of removing the original materials. After all, the original windows perfectly match the home’s architectural design and original materials. However, there’s a good chance your older home’s windows could be costing you too much money on monthly energy costs. Replacing your windows may increase the value of your home as well as your energy savings and curb appeal.


Ask yourself these four questions when deciding if a window should be saved:


1.      Am I Spending Too Much on Repairs?

Older windows can end up costing you far more on repairs than newer windows. If you’ve got water infiltration coming in through your windows every time there’s rain or snow, you can end up replacing furniture, walls, and flooring due to moisture damage. Older windows also mean you’ll end up having to repaint them every few years to keep them from looking shabby, while newer windows require far less upkeep.


2.      How High Are My Energy Costs?

If your monthly energy bills are higher than you wish they were, maybe dialing back your thermostat isn’t the solution to your problems. If your older windows are not properly sealed or insulated, you may be spending more money to heat or cool your home than is necessary. Replacing those older windows could also lower the amount of wear and tear on your HVAC system.


3.      Is Your Window Secure?

If your windows are old and outdated, there’s a good chance that they pose a security risk for your home and family. In most cases, burglars and criminals are on the lookout for easy targets. Older windows can be broken into easily, whereas newer models are difficult to break in. When burglars aren’t able to get right in and out, they typically move on to someone else’s home.


4.      Is Your Window Detracting from Your Curb Appeal?

Outdated windows can detract from the overall beauty of your home. This compromises your curb appeal. With beautiful windows from Window World, we can recreate the original beauty of your older home’s windows. This means you’ll get the security, beauty, and energy savings of a new window without compromising the style of your home.


Order Your Bloomington Window Replacement Today

If your older home’s windows are standing out for the wrong reasons, don’t let chipping paint and water stains subtract from your home’s beauty and value. With a wide range of window accent options and styles, we can help you create a look that you’ll love coming home to for many years to come.


Visit our Design Center to check out some of our stunning window options and try on a look that will work well for your home. Then give our window replacement team a call at 309-827-5237 or contact us to get a free quote on your home’s new window installation project.