3 Things To Consider When Replacing Windows

16 October 2017
 Categories: Construction & Contractors, Blog

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When it comes to window replacement, there are plenty of advantages. New windows are a great way to improve a home's curb appeal and can even help raise the value of the home. New windows are also more energy efficient than most older windows. In some cases this can mean significant energy savings over the course of the year. Replacing the home's windows can also help increase the home's security and make it less likely to be burglarized. Homeowners who have decided that new windows are the right choice for their home should consider these three things before choosing their new windows:

Cost

When it comes to any home improvement project, having a set budget is a must. There are a few things that may end up increasing the cost of window replacement. The average cost of a standard energy efficient vinyl window ranges from $450 to $600, while a similar wood window costs between $800 and $1,000 with installation. Replacing non-standard windows can also be pricey since custom windows are required. Custom windows cost at least an extra $100 to $200 per window. 

Installation Time

Another thing that homeowners should consider when replacing windows is the installation itself. Even the most energy-efficient windows will not work to their full potential without installation done by a professional. One of the best things about window installation is that it is a fairly quick process when done by the professionals. For most homes, the average installation process will take between 1 and 2 days. Replacing the windows in a larger home can take a little longer but most window installations can be completed within a few days.

The Style Of The Home

Another thing to consider when replacing a home's windows is the style of the home itself. While energy efficiency and cost play a big role in a homeowner's decision, choosing replacement windows that do not match the style of the home can be detrimental to the home's value. The window frame material, in particular, plays a big role in how well the new windows match the home. Wood frame windows are often the best choice for older or historic homes. Vinyl is less expensive and is energy efficient and often found in newer homes. Aluminum, composite, and fiberglass frames also can work with certain homes. 

Window replacement can have a positive impact on a home. Not only do new windows increase energy efficiency and save money on energy bills, they can also increase the curb appeal and value of the home. When replacing windows, it's important to have a budget in place. Hiring professional installers is also a must. The style of home is also something to take into consideration. Some types of windows and window frames may look out of place in certain homes. 

Contact a company like A & L Home Improvement for more information and assistance.