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Dec 13, 2010
Windows and Doors: An excellent Home Improvement Investment for Beautiful Homes
Count on windows and doors to make a dramatic difference in your remodeling project. By adding windows or making them larger, you can add daylight and dramatic views, giving some true remodeling bang for your buck.

In addition, wood and wood clad replacement windows are a great investment, returning more than half their value after remodeling if you decide to sell your home. They also reduce utility bills, saving you money from the day they are installed. Take a moment to learn more about wood replacement windows and replacement patio doors and the measurable improvement they can bring to your home long term.

Wood and clad wood replacement windows continue to be the top cost-effective home improvement projects, according to the 2011 cost vs. value report by Remodeling magazine. In fact, wood windows ranked among the five most cost-effective home improvements in the magazine's annual report.

In medium-sized remodeling projects, wood windows returned 72.4% of their cost on resale, according to the report. In large-scale remodeling projects, wood windows returned 67.5 percent of their cost on resale. Other high-return improvement projects include attic bedrooms (returning 83.1% of cost), wood deck addition (80.6%) and minor kitchen remodel (78.3%).

And it's not just windows that make a difference. Patio doors, sliding glass doors, and wood French doors can change traffic flow, provide access and supervision to children's play areas, and bring the outdoors closer to the indoors. In addition, upgrading existing doors can provide much needed security, efficiency and comfort. 

Quality wood and clad wood windows start paying you back from the day they are installed. Depending on the condition and quality of your old windows, replacing them with new, energy-efficient wood windows can save you 15 to 25% on your monthly heating and cooling bills, according to the U.S. Department of Energy.

Taking a Long View with Windows and Doors: Home Improvement for Aging Americans

If you intend to improve your home for the long haul, you are not alone. Ask Americans over 55 if they intend to stay in their homes as long as possible, and 63% say yes. Ask Americans over 75, and 78% say yes, this according to the Mature Market Institute (MMI). This trend of staying put means thinking long term. That puts Universal Design in the spotlight.

Universal Design is user-friendly approach to home design ensures that people of any age, with or without disabilities, and in any state of health can navigate their environment safely and comfortably.

So what features do Americans want to feather their nests with as they mature? 80% of consumers the MMI asked said windows that are easy to open rank among the top conveniences they would like as they age. Other key desired features include a washer/dryer (90%), ample storage space (84%), and an easily operated thermostat (73%). 

As Americans age, the desire for the benefits of energy efficient products increases. According to the Mature Market Institute, 73% of consumers say that features such as windows with low-emissivity glass and ENERGYSTAR-rated appliances are important to them.

Leading the way in the window market, companies such as Marvin Windows and Doors are responding to the growing need for Universal Design products that help Americans stay at home and enjoy independent living longer such as:

The Ultimate Casement line of windows with a wash mode that allows window exteriors to rotate inward for safer, easier cleaning from indoors.

  • The Ultimate Push Out Casement, with the same wash mode plus the added ease of a simple push to open operation replacing the typical crank operation.

  • The Low Profile, High Performance Sill which fits flush to the floor in doorways for easy access to patios and decks.

  • Lever door handles for Marvin's swinging doors.

  • Unsurpassed hardware that makes opening even the largest windows a breeze.

While Universal Design practices most often address practical matters, there's a trend to ensure that an accessible home is also beautiful and stylish. As you plan to remodel or replace your windows, you can include decorative features, plenty of natural light, and Universal Design options when you choose the right windows and doors. Contact the experts at AVI for more information or to start your replacement window project today. We're proud of the many high end residential products we've completed. Take a moment to browse our photo galleries.

 

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