Thinking about getting replacement windows? You may be on the fence because you’re not exactly sure how much it might cost or if you can even afford to have the work done. You’re not alone, homeowners just like you face the same difficult decision month after month, wondering if they should pull the trigger on this type of home improvement investment.
But you who can blame you, with all of the expenses that are part of home window replacement it can soon feel overwhelming to even weigh these costs against keeping your current windows. Yet with concerns over energy efficiency and frames that may no longer be in acceptable condition to remain on the house, you may be faced with a decision being made for you.
Fortunately, you have a multitude of options as to the type of replacement windows you have installed and that can help keep your costs down. At Mr. Rogers Windows, we strive to be more than upfront about costs for replacement windows, we want to work with our customers to get them the best deal on the best windows.
When to Replace
The first thing to determine is whether or not you actually need to replace your windows. For some homeowners, that answer is almost immediate when they check their frames to find rot or damage due to insects or moisture. If you do need to replace the frame, then you have options which can have a significant impact on your costs.
The average cost of a home window replacement is about $535. Depending on the number of windows you need to replace around the house, the expenses can skyrocket quickly. How much you end up paying for your windows will have a lot to do with the materials you select for each component of the window.
Frames can be inexpensive if you go with vinyl or they can be substantially more expensive with something like wood, which is harder to maintain but has a distinct, sophisticated look. Glass is another area where you can find yourself facing a whole host of choices. You can choose from laminated panes to tempered glass to double and triple pane configurations.
These choices will also need to be informed based upon your own personal needs and preferences. You want a window that offers security and energy efficiency. Perhaps you want to filter out the UV rays from direct sunlight that gets in through your window. So you may want to add a window tint.
All of these things are going to have an affect on what you end up paying for your windows.
You can get the work done professionally or opt instead to replace your own windows if you have the skill and know-how. Just know that if you pay a contractor to do the work, you could be facing a flat rate or an hourly fee. The type of window you select could have an effect on which of those costs apply to your window.
If you opt to do the work yourself, be sure you know what you’re doing or you may end up paying a whole lot more to fix the mistakes you made and that could prove even costlier than if you had just hired a pro in the first place.