Old, worn out home windows cause your dwelling’s interior to be uncomfortable with chilly drafts seeping in throughout the winter. Damaged windows need repairing or replacing in order to keep your home safe from the elements and intruders. Outdated windows leave your home looking drab and decrease its overall value.
Whether your California home is a Craftsman, Beach house, Contemporary, or Cape Cod, window replacement will enhance your home value and boost your lifestyle. Get the beauty and function you need with new home windows.
How Window Replacement Adds Value to Your Home and Lifestyle
Increase Your Home’s Energy Efficiency
New windows boost your home’s energy efficiency. Energy-efficient ENERGY STAR® windows save you on heating and air-conditioning throughout the year. Multiple panes insulate the air space between two or three panes of glass, insulating your home with not only the space, but also gas between the panes. Non-toxic, transparent, odorless argon or krypton gas is injected between panes and adds to your home’s insulation properties, decreasing your overall utilities costs throughout the year. When you replace drafty windows, you’ll save money and enjoy indoor comfort year-round.
Improve Your Quality of Life
Replacement windows give you greater views of the outdoors, and maximize the natural light that comes into your home. When natural light increases, the atmosphere of your home interior is maximized, and in general, moods are lifted as a result.
Boost Your Home Value
When you replace your windows, your home will look gorgeous from the curb as well as from indoors. New windows add resale value to your home, attracting buyers when it comes time to sell. Their beauty, easy cleaning, low maintenance, secure locking mechanisms, and ease of use are just a few of the many features homeowners love about new windows. They give you a substantial return on investment (ROI), making them a profitable remodeling choice.
Factors that Make Up Window Cost
There are a variety of components that combine to make up your window replacement cost including:
Your choice of window style will directly impact your overall cost for window replacement. The basic price on window replacements increases as window size and style increase. A price calculator can help you get specific pricing for your replacement windows. Although there is a range for each style, the price for custom windows vary. Here is a general look at the cost of different window styles (from least to greatest).
- Fixed and picture windows
- Basement egress
This is the biggest ingredient when it comes to window cost. From cost-effective vinyl replacement windows to solid mahogany-framed, triple-pane, low-E picture windows, your total cost will vary primarily based on the type of material you choose for your window frames.
- Vinyl—Affordable, highly insulating vinyl windows never need to be painted. Boost your curb appeal instantly with vinyl windows.
- Fiberglass—Durable, long-lasting fiberglass windows give you high performance and low maintenance for years to come.
- Wood—Classic wood windows give you a period-specific style for historic homes.
- Aluminum—Strength and beauty combine for low-maintenance aluminum windows.
Replacement windows are rated by their U-factor. The lower the U-factor, the more energy-efficient they are, and the greater the initial price. Double-pane windows cost more upfront, but they will save you up to 24% in cold climates during the winter, and up to 18% in hot climates during the summer. Triple-pane windows cost 15-40% more than double pane windows, but offer you even greater savings on utilities throughout the lifetime of the windows.
The Number of Windows You Choose to Replace
The more windows you replace, the greater your savings. It’s wise to replace all the windows in your home at once rather than a few at a time. You’ll save in the long run. Replacing existing windows costs less than cutting walls for new ones.
Window Installation Costs
Window installation costs can be charged per hour or per project. Check with your window company to verify how they charge for window installation.
It’s not recommended that homeowners take on replacement windows as a DIY project. The training and precision experience professionals bring to the installation process gives you the window performance you expect for years to come. It also helps protect your warranty to have them installed by professionals. Although installation costs vary, take a look at the cost calculator based on your location.
If your entire window and framing needs to be removed down to the studs, your installation cost will increase, as this is referred to as “full frame” window replacement and requires more labor. Retrofit, also called inserts, use the existing frame and trim for a simpler installation.
Understand that second floor window installation may be greater than first floor installation due to the extra work it takes to access second floor windows. Scaffolding, ladders, and safety harnesses are used during second floor installation.
For Optimal Results, Get a Certified Andersen Window Contractor
When you need replacement windows, take time to ask a window company some important questions to verify you have the best fit for your needs.
At Approved Contractors, we understand how overwhelming it can be to need new windows, and not know where to start. We take time to educate you on your options and guide you toward the best long-term decision for your home. As a trusted window contractor, we take pride in our premium products and precision installations.
We are an Andersen Window Certified Contractor, so our team is trained in the highest industry standards of window installation. We have mastered the manufacturer’s best practices so you get the maximum installation benefits.
If you’re considering a window replacement for your home, our team can give you a free consultation to give you the details you need to make the right choice.