If you are shopping for new replacement windows, you may have noticed that the costs vary greatly. You should be aware of some of the reasons why certain replacement windows cost more than others and the benefits of purchasing a higher-priced window.
First, the material that the frame made from will affect the overall price of the replacement window. Keep in mind that a standard glass replacement only affects the glass portion of the window and not the frame itself. You most likely will be only purchasing glass if you are replacing a broken pane. But if you are replacing the total window – frame included – you need to be educated about the different frame materials. Windows that have a vinyl frame are usually less expensive than traditional wood framed windows. Vinyl can last longer and requires less maintenance than wood window frames. The choice is yours when it comes to choosing the frame material, but weight the insulation values and energy savings vs. overall cost of installation and maintenance. Each type of window frame has benefits that may be of interest to you.
Next, consider the type of glass and the number of glass panes you would like in your new replacement windows. The higher the number of panes, the better the insulation value. Double and triple pane glass will cost more than single pane windows, but the energy savings and insulation will be greater. Furthermore, windows with gas insulation between the glass panes will be even more energy efficient, but cost more up front.
Once you have made the decision on the type of replacement windows you want for your home, you must next determine the way you wish to install them. If your home has had damage to the existing window frames – including mold, rot, warping and termite infestation – you should remove the entire interior trim and total window unit completely. You will have to replace all aspects of the window in order to get the most energy efficiency, safety and security from your new replacement windows. In other cases, you may not have to remove too much of the interior unit if the wood is in good condition. Replacing a window can be as easy as removing the old and replacing it with the new, as long as the interior structure is in sound condition and has not been subject to moisture or pest infestation.
You can also replace windows by doing a sash replacement. This keeps your existing window frame in tact, but adds new sashes so the updated windows can tilt outwards or inwards for easy cleaning. You can install energy efficient windows with double or triple pane glass into the new tracks and receive the benefits of new replacement windows without majorly renovating your home.
Talk to a window installation professional to discuss window replacement and installation options that are right for your home. Once your new windows are installed, your home will be better insulated with a modern look, all while saving you money on energy bills.