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Window Replacement: Five Factors That Can Influence Cost

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What to Know About Window Replacement Cost

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 homeowners. 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.

When contemplating window replacement, you might be wondering about the cost associated with replacing windows. Deciding on the right replacement windows for you can depend on many preferences, such as your lifestyle, your budget and the aesthetic of your space. In addition to your preferences, a number of considerations, including size, material and labor all factor into the cost of window replacement.

1. Window Material

Material Comparison

Vinyl, fiberglass and wood windows all offer different benefits and come at varying price points. Each comes with its own considerations, like available performance features, window type and hardware styles as well as cost. 

Wood windows and patio doors are available with low-maintenance aluminum-clad exteriors and multiple options for different interior wood types. Wood windows typically cost more than vinyl windows, but have the widest variety of interior paint and stain options.

Fiberglass windows are an extremely durable choice, able to withstand hot and cold temperatures as well as extreme temperature fluctuations in diverse climates. Pella® Impervia® fiberglass windows are available in a broad palette of powder-coated finish options.

Vinyl windows tend to be more budget-friendly and remain an economical choice throughout the life of the window. They require minimal upkeep and maintenance as they do not require painting or sealing.
 

2. Installation Requirements

Costs of Installation

Sometimes homeowners get so caught up in picking the best type of replacement windows that they forget about the costs associated with the installation process. While many homeowners turn to DIY window installation to save money on window replacement, it is still a wise first step to consult with a professional before beginning. They will give you estimates that will help you understand your replacement options and what work might be 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 or door is only as good as its installation. Expert installation is the ideal way to deliver a safe, effective and proper window installation process.

3. Features & Options

Thinking about between-the-glass blinds or shades? Or perhaps you want to upgrade from double- to triple-pane window glass for enhanced insulation and noise reduction. Special window features and upgrades all have additional costs. Special or custom window shapes or whether you choose single- or double-hung windows can influence the price. Make sure to factor in these various selections when you are reviewing window options.

4. Size & Quantity

Size of Window

When it comes to window glass area, size is an extremely important factor when considering your window replacement. Oversized windows with more glass let in abundant light, but are more costly, so it is smarter to choose smaller or standard options if you are working within a budget.

Certainly, replacing a single window will be less expensive than replacing multiple windows in an entire room, or especially for your whole house. If you are planning on replacing all of the windows in your entire house, it may make sense to spread the cost out by working in phases rather than getting them all done at once. However, some manufacturers provide promotions that can make it more cost efficient to replace more windows at one time. Another option is to check with your manufacturer about the financing options they offer, which might allow you to complete the replacement immediately but repay over a period of time.

5. Window Type

In addition to window size and material, the style of window can influence the final cost of your replacement. You want your windows to embody your individual preferences and the unique style of your house, whether that’s a traditional-style white bay window or a contemporary black casement. Select the style of window that is right for you and your budget.

These are just five factors to consider when looking into replacement windows. Creating a budget is an important first step that will help as you weigh your options. At Pella, our goal is to make the window shopping and installation process as easy as possible. If you’re considering replacing windows in your home, we invite you to visit your nearest Pella showroom or schedule a free in-home consultation to speak with a knowledgeable window and door professional and learn more about your window replacement options. 

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