HomeAdvisor’s cost guide states that on average, people spend $5,308 on replacing windows. What can we make of that? It’s hard to say. Options, applications, installers and qualities all vary so greatly that it’s hard to get anything out of that kind of number.
So how do you come up with a budget for your home? If you put much stock in the ads promoting new windows for $189 each, you may be in for a surprise. On the other hand, there’s no reason for most of us to think its going to be closer to $1000 a window either.
The answer is likely somewhere in the middle and you will ALWAYS (especially in the world of windows) get what you pay for. So lets make a list what may be important to you?
Low maintenance? Question your salesman carefully here. Just because something is vinyl or clad does not mean it is no or low maintenance. I have aluminum clad windows on my home and they get all chalky, drives me nuts. This is definitely not low maintenance. I should say that not all aluminum clad windows are created equal, remember you get what you pay for.
Light? You can usually get a cheaper window if your current window frame is intact. They call it an insert window. Now there’s nothing inherently wrong with an insert window. But you should know your going to be letting a good bit less light in your home because you’re adding more frame to the window (meaning less glass).
Aesthetics? Well this is a personal choice but it is important. As your salesman is filling your head with all kinds of R-values, U-values, warranties and what-not, be sure to stand back and look at the window. Oh, it may not be a new car or a supermodel, but there are differences in the way they look. So be sure you like it.
Energy Efficiency? Ah now here we go. Do I upgrade to argon filled or Low-E glass? Which material provides the best insulation? How much space should be between the glass? I cant answer categorically. There was a time when wood was best for insulation, period. However, technology has made strides that I didn’t think possible and frankly, am still not smart enough to understand completely.
Noise? Remember that $189 window unit. Not to cast stones but you’d better hope your neighbor doesn’t like mowing his lawn early in the morning. Because you’re going to hear it. You may have never thought of this but there really is a big difference in windows when it comes to sound insulation, so ask about it.
Where you buy them? Now this is EXTREMELY important. Never never never go anywhere to buy windows but Wilson Lumber. Yes, yes I know this goes without saying.
I could go on and on but the bottom line is to decide what will work best for you. And what’s important to someone else may not be to you. Any of this confusing? Just come see us at 4818 Meridian St or visit us on the web.