Meticulous budget planning is vital to managing the costs of a window replacement project. What are the factors that affect the cost of a window replacement?
Here’s an overview:
Vinyl, wood and fiberglass window frames are some of the most popular options on the market. Vinyl windows are more affordable than wooden and fiberglass frames, but they’re not as durable. If you want to bring sophisticated elegance to your exterior, wooden windows (which are known for their rustic appeal) would be a great choice. However, to preserve their aesthetic appeal, they require significant upkeep. If you live in a temperate climate, fiberglass windows would arguably be the most cost-effective choice, due to their resistance to extreme temperatures and minimal maintenance requirements.
Important note: each frame material has its pros and cons. To find out which material is best suited to your local climate, it’s best to consult a local exterior remodeling contractor. Since they’re familiar with the local climate and building codes, they can make better recommendations.
Windows with insulated glass units cost more than standard windows, but they’re worth the investment. According to the Department of Energy, heat gain and heat loss from windows are responsible for 25% to 30% of your heating and cooling costs. Installing insulated windows can help lower your electric bill.
Large windows like bay and bow windows (which are comprised of smaller window units) are more difficult and expensive to install. However, when choosing a window style, pick a design that complements your home’s exterior. Remember, when it comes to exterior design, consistency is key.
Important note: while it’s wise to stay within budget, you shouldn’t get too preoccupied with the costs. Focus instead on maximizing the return on your investment.
Eagle Creek Siding, LLC, a contractor with over 35 years of experience, offers a wide range of professional exterior services–including decking and window replacement services–and flexible financing options. To request an estimate, call us at (360) 570-0396 or fill out this online form.