Window replacement can make a home quieter and more energy efficient. It can make your windows easier to clean and maintain. And new windows can even add value to your home. But with so many options for window types and style and at a wide range of costs, it can be difficult to know where to begin.
Fortunately, only a few major considerations determine what windows are right for your home and your budget. If you are remodeling or have a broken or outdated window, the information below can help you begin to navigate the replacement process. You can know what to expect price-wise, as well as many of the advantages of installing new windows in your home.
Reasons for Window Replacement
Having a broken window glass or frame, and doing a home remodel, are two of the most common reasons people replace windows. But another big incentive is that the windows are outdated. Here are some of the benefits of upgrading your older windows.
Approximately 25 to 30 percent of residential energy use is related to heat gain or loss. Older windows can leak heat or cold more than you might think. According to the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA), homeowners can save $101 to $583 a year by replacing single-pane windows with more energy-efficient ones.
The EPA assigns a U-value to a window. When buying windows, look for ones in the range of 0.20 to 1.20. The lower this number, the more energy-efficient that product.
If you want an idea of how much new windows will save you in energy costs, you can do a home energy audit. It will give you a complete picture of your home’s energy use and help you determine ways to make it more efficient.
Check with your electric company–they may offer to do one for free.
Easier Maintenance and Comfort
New windows can also be easier to clean.
Many double-hung windows allow tilting so that you can clean them from the inside of your home.
Depending on the window’s location in your home, this can help avoid the hassle of cleaning them using a ladder or hiring a company to do so.
And many new windows come with an outer coating that keeps them from getting as dirty in the first place.
The most common reason for remodeling cited by homeowners is functionality and livability. Older windows can be creaky and difficult or even impossible to open. This will make you less likely to use them for ventilation.
Newer windows can reduce outside noise and make your home quieter and more peaceful. They can make your house less drafty and more secure.
An added layer of protection can be especially beneficial in high-crime areas or areas prone to severe weather.
Style and Value
If you have an older home, you may appreciate the charm of older windows and reluctant to replace them for style reasons. But new windows can be made to match your home’s style so that they do not take away from the overall aesthetic. In fact, they could add a clean look to your home.
Windows also are a good investment because they can increase the resale value of your home. According to the National Association of Realtors’ 2019 Remodeling Impact Report, homeowners who added new wooden windows to their home recouped approximately 57 percent of that cost when selling their home.
According to Angie’s List, the average window replacement costs an average of $175 to $700 per window, and high-end windows can reach up to $1,200. That is a vast range. But various factors impact what your total window installation cost will be.
Type of Window
There are many different types of windows, and each has different functions and benefits. It is important to choose one that fits your needs, style, and budget.
Double-hung windows are trendy due to their versatility in opening space. They also are very economical. Picture windows offer a simple design and often need custom sizing, which can increase the cost.
Casement windows can optimize ventilation due to their ability to open inward and outward. They also are very stable and resistant to high winds due to their cranking mechanism. These window types can be very reasonably priced as well.
Sliding or folding windows will be in the same price range. They are typically installed on the ground floor only but can be ideal for larger spaces.
Bay, bow, and garden windows, which have at least three panels that extend out from home, will be more expensive, both due to design and installation.
But they provide a large amount of window space and incoming light. And they actually add to the square footage of your home.
There are many different window frame materials to choose from as well. Vinyl and aluminum frames are the most economical. They are increasing in popularity due to their low cost and their resistance to corrosion and decay.
Wood frames are a popular option and generally only slightly more expensive. They offer a classic look but can be prone to rotting over long periods of time.
Fiberglass frames offer great durability and energy efficiency. But they tend to be much higher in cost than other window frame materials.
Specialty glass, such as that found in storm windows, can increase the cost of your windows. Adding UV protection or anti-glare coating are other options that could increase comfort and safety for your home.
Installation is an important aspect of window replacement. To reap the benefits described above, you want to make sure it is done right. Labor costs will depend on the type and size of the window you choose and the project’s size.
The complexity of the area of your home where the windows are being replaced could impact labor costs. A single-story install in a suburban home will have easier access than a third-story townhouse.
A final thing to consider is that per-window cost will come down for larger projects. If you are considering replacing more than one window in a room or throughout your space, there can be an overall cost-benefit.
Begin Your Window Replacement Process
Window replacement can provide myriad advantages to your home, including comfort and energy savings. Now that you have a sense of what options are available, you can begin searching for the best windows for your home or living space.
We are a ProVia Platinum dealer so we ensure the quality and cut of each window to your precise measurement. This ensures an exact fit. These are some of the most secure and energy-efficient products on the market today.
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