One of the best things a homeowner can do to enhance the appearance and energy efficiency of their home is install new windows. However, the process of choosing your replacement windows may seem like a daunting task. Here are a few questions you should ask yourself before purchasing new windows for your home.
1. What is the installation process like?
There a few different types of window installation that may be used when replacing old panes. Which installation process you choose will largely depend on the type of windows your home already has in place as well as the replacement windows you choose.
- Full-frame installation – this process is used when not only the windowpane needs to be removed, but also the frame around it. This is often used with old windows where the encasing is damaged.
- Insert installation – this is used when windows have wood frames that are still in good condition. This allows the homeowner to keep an original fixture and avoid the cost of replacing a working frame.
Before choosing an installation process, you will most likely need to have your home inspected by a professional window installer who can tell you what condition your home is in.
2. What types of replacement windows are available?
There are nearly infinite styles of windows available nowadays, so you can easily find a look to personalize your home. But what you first need to decide on before choosing a style is what type of material you want your replacement windows to be made out of. The 3 main window materials are wood, vinyl, and aluminum.
- Wood – traditionally windows were made with wood and glass, and this is still a very popular option because of its look and versatility. You may buy windows made with either hardwood or softwood. Hardwood frames are more expensive, but more durable whereas softwoods need much more upkeep but are cheaper.
- Vinyl – many modern windows are made from double-glazed vinyl because of their energy efficiency and sound insulation. These windows require very little maintenance.
- Aluminum – if you wish to install very large windows that let in a lot of light, then aluminum is ideal. Because of its strength, aluminum windows can support very large panes of glass in a fairly thin frame. Ensure these windows are coated in a protective sealant so the metal does not rust.
3. How much does it cost to replace windows?
There's no way around it, replacing windows is expensive. That's why you should only replace your windows when you need to. It is difficult to narrow down the cost of replacement windows because it depends on how many windows need to be replaced, the type of windows you're purchasing, and the installation process. The average price range is around $8,000 to $24,000.
If you think your windows are in need of repair, call a professional (such as one from Beyers Window & Door Inc) installer to schedule a consultation.