Beautiful New Windows Are a Smart Investment
Are your current windows dull, aging, discolored or lackluster? Are they drafty and inefficient? New windows, from a reputable contractor, can add charm to your home. They provide great views, bring in more light and create greater comfort for entertainment spaces such as enclosed patios. So they are well worth the investment.
As you plan for your window replacement, you’ll want to weigh the benefits of different styles and features against the costs to find the windows that best meet your needs at the most affordable cost for your particular situation. This guide will help you love the choice you’re making.
Benefits of Replacing Your Home Windows
Makes Your Home More Energy-Efficient
Today’s new windows provide great insulation and protection against the elements. Options like triple panes, argon or krypton gas fill, and low-E glass keep your home cool in summer and warm in winter, lowering your utilities usage and saving you money.
Boosts Curb Appeal
Window replacements can make an older home look new again. From classic looks to stunning specialty sizes and shapes, new windows can match any architecture—Tudor, Victorian, Greek Revival, Queen Ann, Craftsman, Ranch, Cape Cod, and more.
Simplifies Maintenance and Care
Wood frames can wear and rot, requiring frequent painting or staining. Older style windows lack the easy fold-in features that make cleaning them a breeze. But modern window replacement options offer lasting performance with low maintenance.
Brings in More Light
Fiberglass windows in particular allow homeowners to have a greater glass surface, which brings in more natural lighting to brighten your living space. Special glass treatments protect your furniture, curtains and rugs from UV fading.
Provides Added Security
Old windows often have inferior locks or weak spots in the frames that thieves can take advantage of. Broken locking mechanisms may be hard to replace in old windows. But window replacement gives homeowners the choice of high-tech locks that keep your home safe.
Adds Home Value
Window replacement is one of the top home remodeling projects that can help you command a higher price when you decide to sell. You can see as much as 75% return on your investment.
How Your Window Replacement Cost Is Determined
The cost of window replacement involves much more than the number of windows in your home. Here’s a look at some of the other features that will factor into the overall price of your new windows.
Style of Windows
Windows come in a wide variety of styles, offering you flexibility when you envision how you want your home to look. Simple replacement windows that fit exactly where the old windows were are likely to cost less than installing a new bow or bay window that adds beauty but requires installers to make space in the wall. Traditional double-hung windows may cost less than more sophisticated styles.
Size of Window Replacement
Size definitely affects your cost, in several ways. For windows that are standard in size, you will generally pay less than if you need windows that meet a specialty measurement. For a larger home with more windows, the cost will likely be higher than for a smaller home with fewer windows.
Window Frame Material
Do you prefer traditional wood windows? Vinyl? Fiberglass? Each material has its own price, and comes with pros and cons to consider as you choose your new windows. Wood is classic in look and style but requires more maintenance. Vinyl is simple to care for and more affordable, but it isn’t a high-end style. Fiberglass is durable and can be made to look similar to wood.
Today’s windows offer many ways to add energy efficiency to your home. They may have added insulation, low emissivity (low-E) glass that keeps out UV rays, triple panes, specialty gas fills, and other traits that prevent drafts and keep your home a stable, comfortable temperature. The types of energy-efficient features you select will affect the window replacement’s overall cost.
In addition to the usual window elements to pick from — frame, glass, panes, etc. — there are also special elements that some high-end window product lines make available. Extra-secure locking mechanisms, impact-resistant glass, windows with shades built in between the panes, and other modern options allow you to highly customize your window installation. These will cost more than traditional windows, but the expense can be worth it.
Labor and Installation
The workmanship involved in window replacement matters, because proper installation done right the first time makes your life easier. Great window contractors will make sure the windows fit correctly, communicate clearly, keep the worksite clean, and perform the installation to the brand’s standards, which protects your warranty. A trusted local window contractor with a stellar reputation may cost a little more, but it’s worth it for the peace of mind you get from knowing the windows are installed right.
Professional Window Installers Make the Process Simple
When it comes to getting new windows, it pays to turn to a home remodeling company that is expert in its field. With over 25 years of experience providing Ann Arbor area homeowners with gorgeous, truly low maintenance home upgrades, we specialize in performing precision window replacement installations done right.
We use only high-performing window brands and materials and we keep you up-to-date throughout the process of installation, so you can relax and enjoy your new windows with confidence. Contact us to schedule a consultation and receive a free quote.