More homeowners are choosing to age in place in their twilight years, instead of moving to assisted living facilities. The U.S. Census Bureau expects over 20% of the country’s population to be over the traditional retirement age by 2029. Renewal by Andersen® of Denver discusses the aging-in-place features that you should look for when buying new windows and doors.
Easy to Operate Windows and Doors
Your hand strength is bound to diminish as you age, therefore you will need doors and windows that can be opened and closed with minimal effort. Window and door styles that can be opened with one hand, such as sliding doors and windows, are ideal.
Door and window hardware should be simple enough that you don’t have to exert effort using your wrists, yet should be secure enough that it wouldn’t compromise home security. Here’s a quick rule of thumb when choosing replacement windows and doors: if you can open and close them without a full grip, then you use it even when your hands are not as strong.
Windows and Doors Should Allow Privacy
Window treatments can help you control privacy, but you probably don’t want to be installing and washing heavy curtains and drapes in your later years. Light window treatments such as lacy curtains are great options, however, you can choose the easiest option by opting for obscured or textured glass. They add privacy to your windows without compromising natural lighting or ventilation.
Low Maintenance Windows and Doors
Scraping and repainting the doors and windows isn’t easy for people in their prime. Imagine how it would be if you find yourself needing to do this in your later years. This is why choosing low-maintenance doors and windows are a must: not only do they help make it easy to keep your home looking great, they also reduce maintenance costs. We at Renewal by Andersen offer replacement windows and patio door options that have all of these features. Combined with longer-than-average life spans and an industry-leading warranty coverage, you can expect exceptional performance from our doors and replacement windows in your later years.
Renewal by Andersen of Denver is your leading provider of popular replacement window styles, including double hung windows. Give us a call at (303) 968-3287 or fill out our contact form. We serve customers in Denver and Colorado Springs.