Anytime something needs fixing around the house, do you close your eyes, cross your fingers and wait for the quotes to come in? Quotes can differ wildly from one another, and even if they’re the same, this is a big investment!
Let’s take a breath, walk though what goes into this project, and break down the cost.
A Window Isn’t Just a Window
Clearly we have to consider the windows themselves. Literally, clearly. We usually gaze lovingly through our windows, let’s gaze lovingly at these windows.
Every pretty little part of that window impacts the cost.
If you came to this project to find a deal on energy efficient windows for sale
, you’re probably excited to get double or triple-paned glass
. The space between the glass lowers heat transfer, especially if it’s filled with argon gas. This comes with a price, and it’s a “pay now, save later” investment.
You may also decide that you want that glass coated with heat-absorbing tints or low-emissivity coating. There are glass options that can help reduce street noises, and even ones that can decrease the likelihood of a baseball flying through your picture-perfect window. You have options.
The materials surrounding the glass are another consideration. Your most economical choice is a vinyl window
. It’s a choice you can feel good about. If you want to go all in, you’ll pay a bit more for all wood windows
. They look so pretty — and beauty comes at a price.
Did your old windows open from the bottom? A double-hung window
will also open from the top, letting in cool cross breezes, but also letting out a bit more cash upfront. Any of your more unusual window openings, like casement windows
, can also raise costs.
Established brands can bring you peace of mind and dependable warranties
. You get what you pay for, after all. Window replacement
isn’t the type of job where you can slowly upgrade over time — you make your decisions right at the top, and then enjoy them for the next twenty years plus.