When it comes to a person’s home, the windows are often something overlooked until they become a problem. If they are drafty, or hard to open they cost the homeowner money and reduce the ability to get fresh air in the spring and fall when the weather is often suitable for it. Most windows are difficult to clean. If they are the old type that used a storm window as added insulation, then it is required to take those off before cleaning the outside of the window.
If windows are on the second floor then a ladder is usually required to clean them or paint their frames. Many injuries occur every year when the homeowner is on a ladder trying to clean or paint windows. Often, these old windows are drafty and don’t keep out the cold effectively. When determining replacement windows cost, the energy savings and the convenience should be factored into the price. There are many options to choose from and each type is priced differently.
Standard sized single pane, single hung windows purchased from a home center and installed by the owner will be the cheapest route. These can run from $65.00 to $150.00 each. The problem is that most older homes have settled and for this reason even if their windows were originally made to standard sizes, the frame may no longer be that size. The second issue is that many homes are built with popular but non-standard sizes. Whether the window frames have settled and slightly altered in size or they were made to custom sizes from the beginning, it will mean buying custom made windows which will substantially raise the price.
Double hung vinyl triple pane replacement windows are pricey but the price will include installation. They are all custom made and they offer a high insulation factor and other conveniences. Because these windows are all custom made to fit the window they are going into, then custom fitting is not an issue. These are high end and so they are not offered for DIY projects and are professionally installed. The price on these range from $800.00 to $1200.00 each. Most manufacturers will offer extended warranties to ensure they last. 25 to 50-year warranties are common for these.
Double pane vinyl replacement windows are the most popular of all. They will usually tilt into the home for easily cleaning the outside of the window from the comfort and safety of the home. They offer a good level of insulation. They are attractive and their price is middle of the road. The price of these windows will depend on the type of window and its size. The price range is typically $300.00 to $700.00 per window and includes professional installation.
When a homeowner is considering replacement windows cost they should also consider their savings. Installing new windows will usually raise the value of the home. It will lower utility cost as well as the cost of yearly maintenance. It will add beauty and convenience to the home. Investing in energy efficient windows for the home is a wise choice.