Modern Windows Qualify For A Tax Credit

Home windows have seen some remarkable advancement over the years. In the past, windows were strictly made out of wood. Glass panes were inserted into wood muttons using a glazing compound. The entire assembly was mounted in an attractive wooden frame and then finished with paint or varnish to match the house. The larger size windows were difficult to open. However, this was remedied using a system of weights and pulleys. The problem with wood windows is they were difficult to clean and required frequent painting.

Next, there were doubled hung aluminum windows. These were also used for quite some time. However, like the wood windows, they had some disadvantages too. In colder climates, the windows had the propensity to crack because the metal prevented expanding and contracting with the weather. Additionally, they did not have much insulating ability. When they were broken, it was difficult to change them. However, their best feature was strength and security.

Most of these problems have been solved today. Modern windows take advantage of durable materials that are easy to clean and do not require paint. This makes owning them attractive and affordable. The more common types are pvc windows and upvc windows but the upvc version is considered the better of the two. Since the upvc windows are so strong, that can compete equally with metal windows for strength and security. Neither of them requires a system of weights and pulleys to assist the user. Their best feature however is they are removable. This means they can be taken out of the frame to be cleaned. Likewise, if they break, simply remove them and replace them with a new section.

Because these windows are Energy Star compliant, they qualify for a $1,500 energy tax credit. In some cases, they qualify for more. An average home has 10 windows. Half of them could easily be paid for with the tax credit.


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