Whether you are looking to replace broken or damaged windows, or are looking to beautify your existing home, replacing windows ranks high on the priority list for many renovators. The reason is clear — not only do new windows completely revitalize a space with natural light and architectural accents but they also offer practical benefits, such as improving energy efficiency by helping to lower your heating and cooling costs. Replacement windows are a true investment in your home, while helping you save on energy costs in the immediate future.
When faced with the idea of updating your windows, you might wonder "what are the costs associated with replacement windows?" The answer is anything but straightforward, and requires careful thought about a number of factors, including size, materials, labor and more. Consider the following cost factors.
When it comes to windows and glass, size is an extremely important factor when considering your window replacement. Oversized windows are more costly, so it is smarter to go smaller if you are working within a budget. And if you are planning on replacing all of the windows in your entire house, it may make sense to spread the costs out by working in phases rather than getting them all done at once. Large scale replacement projects may also be a reason to consider financing options which will allow you to complete the replacement immediately but repay over a period of time.
Vinyl, soft or hard wood, aluminum and fiberglass are common materials used in window framing. Each comes with its own options, style and cost. Wood windows and patio doors can come with low maintenance aluminum cladding exteriors and multiple interior wood types. Wood interiors provide a blank canvas with virtually endless interior paint and stain options and typically cost more than vinyl windows. Vinyl products are typically much more economical upfront and over the life of the window. There is minimal upkeep and maintenance as they do not require painting or sealing. However, the right choice for you will come down to the specifics of your home, where you live and your own personal tastes.
Many homeowners turn to DIY window installation to save money on window replacements. However, windows are an important part of your home and even if you are confident you can do the installation yourself, a good first step is to consult with a professional. They will give you estimates that will help you understand your options and what’s involved. From there you can decide if the scope of work is within your abilities to complete. If you have any doubts if you’re capable of your own window replacement, the smart choice is to call the experts and let them handle the process for you. After all, a quality window and door is only as good as its installation.
If you decide to hire a professional and will be paying for installation, your location can play a role in how much you will have to pay for replacement windows. For information about specific prices on your window replacement project or to schedule your free in-home consultation, get in touch with the window replacement team at your local Pella Windows & Doors Showroom.