New windows will be more secure, more energy efficient, easier to clean, lower maintenance, and better looking than old, dated windows. Despite the wide range of benefits, however, make sure window replacement is the right choice for you before making this investment. In our decades of serving home and business owners around the U.S., the experts at Able Roof have learned a handful of things they believe all customers should know before window replacement. Five of the most important are below:
- Don’t fall for window gimmicks. It might be tempting to “save money” on a great deal from a window contractor, but in reality, cheap windows will cost you more. Cheap windows are inefficient, unreliable, and low-quality. They can ultimately cost more in repairs, maintenance, and replacements than the higher-priced windows would have – not to mention potential property damage from leaking windows. Save yourself a headache by investing in quality over cost.
- Expect to spend about $2,500 on window replacement. The cost to replace your windows can vary greatly depending on your location, the size of your building, the number of windows, and the type of windows you buy. A single window can run between $300 and $1,500. However, the average price of total window replacement is around $2,500. Prepare to spend about this much for high-quality materials and trustworthy installation. Pro tip: beware the “$189 window!”
- Understand energy efficiency. Modern windows undergo a series of tests and evaluations to gauge their energy efficiency. “low-E” glass means it has a coating that reflects harmful UV rays. “R-Value” refers to the window’s effectiveness at lowering energy costs. Glass with higher R-Values work the best. “U-Value” indicates the insulating value of the entire unit, not just the glass. The lower the U-Value, the better the efficiency. Look for Energy Star rated windows for easy efficiency assurance.
- Choose your windows wisely. Today’s market has hundreds of window, frame, and sash types, as well as a variety of sizes and styles. Work with a contractor who will tailor your replacement windows to your unique needs and desires. Using common dimensions will cost less, but custom dimensions can make more of an impact on the look and feel of your space. Choose a style based on your lifestyle needs, region, and building design.
- Know that not all contractors are the same. You can’t go with just anybody for your replacement window project. Hire a local contractor you can trust to do an exceptional job. The performance of the window technicians can determine how well your windows will work over time. High-quality craftsmanship can guarantee that you get the most out of your window investment.
Replacing your windows is no small task. Don’t take it lightly. Get the most bang for your buck by learning as much as you can, taking your time, and partnering with a knowledgeable window contractor. There are plenty of things you should know before you replace your windows. These five top tips are just the tip of the iceberg. Reach out to Able Roof for more information about your window installation project.