Replacement Windows-Avoid Surprises and Budget for the Cost

Replacing old and low efficiency windows in your home can be a challenging endeavor for every homeowner. Understanding the costs and hidden obstacles encountered can reduce the worry associated with the decision process. In this page, we want to help you understand the challenges you face, as well as give you an idea to the various costs of replacement windows.

Remodeling the home with new windows will increase the value and cosmetic appearance. It will automatically begin to reduce the workload required on the heating and cooling system immediately. This means lower monthly utility bills and increased overall comfort. Depending on the length of time you plan to live in the house plays a considerable role in how much money you will recoup from the remodeling, however, the cost of replacement windows in general carries a 70-80% return on your investment. When coupled with added energy savings while you DO live in the home, payback for the investment is usually complete.

Homeowners, you may get an additional advantage of a healthy environment when you replace your windows. Old windows with leaks, trigger mold and mildew growth inside the home. Replacing outdated windows creates a tighter seal reducing opportunities for excessive moisture build-up around the windows where mold begins to grow. Mold and mildew problems inside a home are the first signs that new windows should be installed.

Choosing New Windows Wisely

Homeowners need to know about the importance of glass used in windows. Most windows incorporate a buffer design to minimize heat loss and gain. Expensive windows contain argon or krypton gas between two panes for increased insulation value.

Tint applied to windows offer reduced heat build-up during hot weather. During cold weather, it can keep the home warmer by reducing heat loss through conductance.

Heat loss associated with temperature variation between the interior and exterior is measured by the U-value. The R-value measures heat flow resistance. Basically, homeowners want windows with higher R-values and lower U-values for maximum value and efficiency.

Windows come in all shapes, sizes and designs. The most popular choice over the ages is wood framed windows. It allows low condensation and doesn’t conduct cold. Wood can be repainted easily over other materials used in window design. Vinyl windows are constructed from polyvinyl chloride. They are condensation and heat loss resistant. Vinyl fades over time and may warp from extreme weather conditions.

Aluminum Windows are insulated with foam that reduces heat loss. They are more durable than wood windows. Steel windows are a good choice but are seldom used in homes. Price plays a role in them being ruled out by so many homeowners.

Homeowners have a variety of choices in what type window styles might interest them. Double-hung, tilt-turn, bay window design or glass block are just a few of many available windows that homeowners might choose from when replacing old windows.

Cost Factors to Consider

Prices vary greatly on the cost of replacing home windows. Generally, the homeowner should expect to spend thousands of dollars depending on the quantity and quality of the windows purchased for the installation. Other factors to consider could include replacing old worn-out window frame casings. After the install, the homeowner might want to invest in an alarm system to enhance the security of the new windows.

An example of cost of a home that was remodeled with 17 tilt-turn windows cost the homeowner just over $13,000.00. Another homeowner paid $7000.00 for 12 double-hung windows. Price ranges will change depending on whether the homeowner opts to let the window dealer do the installation with their crew. They might decide to purchase the windows separately and hire a local contractor to complete the project.

Most window-replacement remodeling jobs only take a few days to complete. Be prepared for traffic, noise and debris associated with any remodeling project. Generally, remodeling crews do an excellent job in and around the homeowner’s property. Always make sure that the contractor is covered with liability insurance and has a proven track record.


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