There are a number of reasons you might choose to replace your home’s windows. It may be because you want to increase your home’s value, or you want to help your HVAC systems operate more efficiently, or you just want to improve the overall aesthetics of your home.
Whatever the reason, you have a lot of options ahead before you have those new windows installed. Of course, you’re probably wondering about costs… how much do new windows cost? The short answer is, “it depends.” Read on to learn what it depends on!
Are You Changing the Window Opening?
This is one of the biggest factors to consider when it comes to cost–if you’re changing the shape, size, or location of your window opening, it’s going to impact the cost of the window replacement overall.
It makes sense that you’d want to make architectural changes when remodeling, however, you should talk to one of our contractors to get an honest assessment of how much this may cost you.
What Kind of Window Frame Materials Do You Want?
Did you know you actually have quite a few options to choose from when looking at frame material for your new windows? If affordability is your priority, then you will likely want to go with vinyl window frames.
This material is durable, highly energy-efficient, and pretty easy to maintain. The only problem with vinyl is that this material usually doesn’t last as long as other materials, such as fiberglass.
A good window contractor, such as a member of our team, will go over all your options with you, including giving you an idea of what’s best for your specific home and remodeling project.
How About Window Design?
Picture windows and sliding windows, which don’t have a lot of mechanical components and are the traditional types of windows found in homes today, are typically affordable. Costs go up when you start looking at larger and more complex designs, such as double-hung windows or bay windows.
Consider Labor Costs
We’re always going to recommend that you have professional installation and repair when it comes to your windows and doors. These components of your home do a lot to impact your HVAC efficiency… drafty windows and doors will increase your energy bills by letting conditioned air escape your home faster and causing your air conditioner and heater to run longer to do their job.
By paying for professional services upfront, you can avoid problems that can otherwise occur with a shoddy installation or replacement job.
That said, this means you’ll have to consider labor costs. Sure, DIY window replacement is going to be more affordable upfront than professional window replacement, but in the long run, you’ll be glad you trusted a pro.