Adding value to your home with steel windows
Updated December 2020
Whether you’re looking to sell your home or just planning to make some improvements, every little detail is important and could add value for when the time is right.
Incorporating genuine steel windows into your design is one factor that could make all the difference, by maximising natural light or accentuating key period features. Here we’re taking a look at some of the key additions or improvements you can make to boost your home’s worth.
Staying true to period features
For many, owning a period home is a lifelong aspiration. Unfortunately, decades of exposure to the elements can leave period properties looking a little worse for wear, and windows are often the most noticeable area of damage.
New steel windows, designed to be as close to the originals as possible, capture the true essence of your home, which means you can retain your home’s period charm whilst enjoying the benefits of incredibly long lasting and high-performance metal. Our range has been developed using galvanised steel frames which have the life expectancy of the building they are fitted into.
Adding an extension or garden room
Adding an extension is a great idea to increase value creating a versatile new space, whether you want to extend your kitchen/dining area, design a new study, add a double storey extension or build a separate garden room.
You’ll need to make sure your extension is in keeping with the look of your home and the area it’s in, so it’s important to get the design spot on in order to achieve planning permission before the work starts. With its durability and versatility, steel is the perfect choice for windows and doors, whether you’re looking to create a contemporary finish or want your windows to blend with the original architectural style of the property. Have a look at this example of how elegant steel products can be used to blend old and new seamlessly while remaining in keeping with original character.
Maximising light in your home
A bright, airy feel is one of the first things many house viewers look for, so ensuring you’re making the most of the natural light you’ve got is crucial. Replacing interior walls with steel screens is a great way to maximise light flow within your home and create the illusion of more space. Plus, the inherent strength of our steel frames means exterior windows can support larger areas of glass within slim, attractive frames to bring more natural light inside.
Open out your floor plan
As we’ve discussed before, open and broken plan homes are the new must have, especially where busy family dwellings are concerned. Research conducted by the Homeowners Alliance found that creating more open kitchen, dining and family socialising spaces can significantly increase house value.
Opening out your floor plan not only gives the illusion of space, it also allows for a more intimate, family orientated feel. Steel screens are perfect for creating this sense of spaciousness, whilst also providing more private, intimate areas for specific activities and keeping every corner of your home sleek and modern.
Increasing kerb appeal
The exterior of your home is just as important as the interior when it comes to adding value; after all, it’s the first thing buyers, surveyors and agents will see from the street. Making sure your windows are in the best shape they can be is one of the first things you can do to boost your home’s value and can work wonders on the overall aesthetic. A professional clean can reap benefits, but it is worth considering replacing old windows and doors where necessary.
Because of its durability, as well as modern coating methods, steel doesn’t rust and will hold onto its brand new look for years. Steel windows are also easy to maintain, meaning your home will always look neat and in its prime – have a look at our previous blog on how to keep your steel windows clean and in top condition.
Improving the thermal efficiency of your windows
After years of wear and tear, any window can begin to look tired. A common problem, especially in period homes with old windows, is thermal efficiency, or the lack thereof. Plastic, wood and aluminium windows may be a cheaper option in the short term, but the proven longevity of robust steel windows and doors means these alternatives will end up costing a lot more money in energy and maintenance bills in the longer term. We use the latest technology in manufacturing our window ranges resulting in high performing windows and doors.
Steel offers the best ‘green’ credentials
As sustainability is increasingly on people’s minds, thinking about your home’s eco credentials can help to boost its value. Consider the energy and thermal efficiency of your home and whether some small improvements could boost it. Whilst research suggests that investing in green initiatives such as solar panels could increase house value by up to 14% updating your windows will bring better thermal efficiency. This will of course lead to lower energy consumption, but steel is also a sustainably sourced material that leaves little visible impact on the environment and can be recycled time and time again. All Clement steel window frames use recycled steel, making sure we’re all reducing our carbon footprint as much as possible.
We are recognised experts in steel windows across a number of property types. If you’re looking to update your home or boost its value, don’t hesitate to get in touch with our friendly team or pop into our showroom to see how we can transform your property.