Angie's List: Replacing your home's windows

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BOISE, Idaho (KBOI) – When the time comes to replace your home's windows it's a project that requires plenty of research and resources.
Lori Torres' century old home was in dire need of new windows.

"We'd had them for a very long time, they were at least 25 if not 30 years old and so they were old wood windows that were letting in the cold air in the winter, the warm air in the summer and starting to rot a little bit. Some were in worse shape than others, but we knew we needed new windows for our old house," Torres said.

When it comes to items around your house nothing is going to last forever and windows are no different. And replacement can save you money in the long run.

"Your return on investment can be a really good return in your heating and cooling bills throughout the year, but you need to live in your house for a period of time before you realize those savings which can be as much as seventy percent," Angie Hicks, of Angie's List, said.

The style, shape and type of window will play a factor it it's cost.
A triple-paned, low-emissivity window will cost significantly more than a single-paned window, but will provide better energy efficiency and long-term energy savings.

Common signs that your windows need replaced include wood rot and drafts.

"Typically when you use a wood window it's a clad version, meaning it's a solid wood window but it's covered on the outside with either vinyl or aluminum, that way you don't have the upkeep and you don't need to worry about them rotting and things like that. And then the other window is a vinyl window, which is 100% vinyl. It's inside and out maintenance free and should last you a lifetime," Angie Hicks said.

If you hire a professional, just make sure to do your research.