When you’re renovating your home, every dollar counts. You want the most bang for your buck, so you hunt for deals and research every aspect of your renovation.
Even with this research, one element that is often overlooked in home renovation are windows. New windows don’t have the same visual impact as other projects like new flooring or cabinets, but that doesn’t mean they don’t make a big impact on your home.
In fact, window replacement is one of the best ways to improve your home’s curb appeal, increase its value, and lower your energy bills. Yes, you can actually save money month after month by replacing your windows! Most homeowners find that new windows end up paying for themselves faster than expected.
In fact, the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) estimates that the average American homeowner can save $126 to $465 a year when replacing single-pane windows with Energy Star-qualified replacements.
Most of the windows in older homes have a lifespan of 15-20 years. (If you have a newer home, the lifespan may be longer since newer windows can last 20-40 years.) If your home is older than 15-20 years and has never had replacement windows, you could see significant savings by replacing them.
As windows reach that 15-20 year mark, the seals around the sash and perimeter start to degrade, allowing drafts. This means that the air from outside is seeping into your home and the air or heat from your HVAC unit is seeping out. When that happens, your heat or AC has to work harder to keep your home at a consistent temperature. This translates to higher energy bills.
Even if the seals around your windows are sound, but your windows are single pane, your energy bills are probably higher than they could be. Single pane windows were once the standard, but they’re not very good at insulating. If you have an older home with single pane windows, upgrading to double or triple pane will save you money and help keep your home more comfortable.
New double or triple pane vinyl windows with low-E glass can lower your bills by providing better insulation and protection from the sun. If you can feel drafts near your windows, your energy bills are high, or you have a hard time keeping your home at a consistent, comfortable temperature, it’s time to look into replacement windows.
Renovating your home to sell it? Few additions or upgrades will have the same impact as new windows.
No one wants to buy a home knowing they’ll have to spend time and money replacing the windows in just a few years. By upgrading your windows before you sell, you add significant value to your home. This is a major selling point, especially with Window World’s transferable limited lifetime warranty, and may even allow you to add extra to your asking price.
Even if you’re not planning to sell anytime soon, you’ll get to enjoy your new windows until you do decide to sell!
The price of replacement windows depends on a number of factors: how many you are replacing, the style(s) you choose, and the material you choose for the frame.
Of course, the more windows you replace, the more expensive it will be upfront. Many homeowners choose to replace a few windows at a time to spread out the cost, but the total cost will likely be the same when it’s all said and done.
As far as styles go, simple windows like double hung are less expensive than larger, more elaborate styles like bay and bow windows.
The frame material also dictates how much you’ll pay per window. Metal (typically aluminum) is the cheapest, but it is a poor insulator. We don’t recommend metal window frames. Wood and vinyl are more expensive than metal, but provide superior insulation. At Window World, we exclusively manufacture and install vinyl windows because we believe it is the most durable, best-performing material on the market.
Ready to replace your windows? The first step is scheduling your no-obligation estimate with one of our professionally trained installers. Learn how much you’ll pay, how much you could save, and how easy it is to upgrade your home!