How Much Does a Window Replacement Cost?

What Determines Window Replacement Cost?

Is your home due for a window replacement? Most of the time, it is ok to scrape by with a window repair; however, if you windows get to a point where they do not close, slide open, or lock correctly, it could be time for a window replacement.

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Replacement windows have many benefits, including:

  1. Ease of use. Over time, your home’s windows are susceptible to swelling. Swelling occurs as moisture sits along the side of your windows, which makes them difficult to open and close. New replacement windows will be easy to operate and will be moisture free. In addition, you will experience little to no drafts since your new professionally installed windows will have a tight seal.
  2. Increased home value. According to the Remodeling 2017 Cost vs. Value Report (www.costvsvalue.com), the national average shows that window replacements can earn up to a 73.9% return on investment. Not only do replacement windows have a high ROI, they can also make your house easier to sell when the time comes.
  3. Help save money. Replacement windows means increased energy efficiency, which can lead to savings on your heating a cooling bills. Every replacement window installed by Balducci Exteriors is guaranteed to meet Energy Efficient standards. According to ENERGY STAR, you can save $126-$465 a year when replacing single-pane windows, or $27-$111 a year when replacing double-pane windows. Eventually, your windows can pay for themselves.

So how much does a window replacement cost? It is difficult to estimate the cost of your window replacement job without first seeing your home. Before a price can be determined, it is important to assess the number of windows on your home, the condition of your windows, the size of your windows, along with several other factors. Here are some factors that will affect your window replacement cost:

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Style

Replacement windows come in an endless array of styles to complement your home’s architecture and your personal design style. The style of window that you choose can dictate your window replacement cost. Some window styles include casement, awning, double hung, single hung, sliding, bay or bow, and custom. Bay and bow windows are typically more expensive since they require more square footage of glass and have a much more complicated structure.

Material

When choosing windows for a window replacement, another factor that will determine the cost is the material that you choose. Window replacements are available in wood, vinyl, and fiberglass. Each material comes with its own advantages:

  • Wood: Wood can be cut and customized to any shape. If they are well taken care of, wood windows can last a lifetime. Additionally, they are not susceptible to rust (which is a huge concern in areas with high humidity). While wood windows have a very classic charm to them, homeowners have the option of painting them any color on both the interior and exterior.
  • Vinyl: Vinyl windows are very affordable since they have a high demand and are mass produced. While vinyl windows are affordable, they are still very durable and resistant to rust and corrosion. One downside of vinyl windows is that it is largely available in white, since there is a likelihood of fading, and it cannot be painted.
  • Fiberglass: While fiberglass windows currently do not make up a large part of the market, there has been an increase in popularity in recent years. Fiberglass replacement windows are extremely durable and require no maintenance. A huge benefit of fiberglass is that it is made of spun glass fibers that react to temperature changes in a similar fashion to glass panes, which makes the weatherstripping more airtight. The biggest drawback with fiberglass windows is that they are much pricier than wood or vinyl counterparts.

Optional Features

Replacement windows can also come with optional features, similar to the extra bells and whistles on a new car. These optional features include accessories such as window grilles, artistic glass, and special hardware. While these features may not be an absolute necessity, they can help to bring some aesthetically pleasing details into your home.

Size of the Project and Product

Do you only need a couple of replacement windows? Or do you need a whole house window replacement? What are the size of the windows that you chose? As you may have guessed, larger windows will cost more. Additionally, if you choose to install an oversized window where a smaller window was once located, the cost will have to be increased since the installation is much more complicated.

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As you can see, there are many factors that contribute to a window replacement cost. These factors include: style, material, optional features, and the size of the project and product. However, there are some other additional factors that will determine the window replacement cost, including your geographic location. While the cost of window replacement may be overwhelming, replacement windows can increase your home value and help you save money on your energy bills. If you have any questions about types replacement windows or costs associated with a window replacement, feel free to contact us.

© 2017 Hanley Wood Media Inc. Complete data from the Remodeling
2017 Cost vs. Value Report can be downloaded free at www.costvsvalue.com.

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Signs That You Need Replacement Windows

Windows can make up such a huge part of our home’s exterior. They provide us with warmth, sunlight, and appealing curb appeal. Unless you have been a homeowner for many years, you probably haven’t had a replacement window installed.

While there is no specific answer on how long your windows should last; however, well-maintained windows should last at least 20-25 years. Believe it or not, most window problems can be repaired before a total replacement is required. This includes adding storm windows to help improve energy efficiency, and repairing the caulking and weatherstripping.

Do you think your home needs, or could benefit, from a full window replacement? Here are some signs that it is time to bite the bullet and contact a window replacement contractor:

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Increased Energy-Efficiency

The idea of increased energy-efficiency is a popular reason why many homeowners will opt for replacement windows. While windows provide our home with light, warmth, and ventilation; however, they can also negatively impact our home’s heating and cooling bills. Drafty windows can cause your energy bills to be about 10% to 25% higher. At times, the energy-efficiency of your window can be improved through repairs, such as adding storm windows, repairing caulking and weatherstripping, and adding window treatments. However, at times, it is more cost effective to replace your windows instead of performing repairs. This is especially true if you have very old or inefficient windows. As a bonus, if you are selling your home, having a replacement window can be a major selling point!

Warped, Damaged, or Broken Windows

It may be time to consider replacement windows if your windows are currently warped, damaged, or broken. Some minor issues, such as a problem with the hardware or weatherstripping, can be classified as a repair job. However, larger problems, including a broken, damaged, or warped window sash or frame will almost always need to be replaced.

Less-Than Inviting Curb Appeal

Is your home’s curb appeal less than inviting? Windows are one of the most prominent features of the home’s exterior. If your windows look worn and dingy, so will your home. While the quality of the replacement window is by far the most important factor to consider, design of the window and how it will work with your home should also be a driving factor in the decision making process. It is important to choose windows that work well with your home’s style! After all, it is one of the first things that guests will see on your home.

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When hiring a window replacement company to come in and do work on your home, it is imperative to choose a reputable company that will get the job done right and use quality materials. Replacement windows are not a place to cut corners on a home. Choosing the quickest or easiest solution could mean that your windows won’t last for the approximated 20-25 year threshold. Instead, another window replacement will be required much sooner, meaning that you won’t get your full money’s worth.

Floor to Ceiling Windows

Some views deserve to be un-interrupted, which is why floor to ceiling windows are a great option. In addition to adding in lots of extra sunlight, these oversized windows help to bring the outdoors in. Whether you are looking to brighten up a space or enjoy a picturesque view, floor to ceiling windows can be one of your favorite features in your home.

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Floor to Ceiling Windows from Pella. Photo: Pinterest

Prior to installation, it is a good idea to consider the angle in which the sunlight reaches that area of your home, the time of day, and the time of day you plan on spending time in this space. For example, some may not like the sun beaming into their home early in the morning, while others may prefer it.

To avoid too much harsh sunlight, an option would be to consider investing in window coverings for those days when the extra light isn’t as necessary. For floor to ceiling windows, curtains and blinds are the two most common window treatments. Blinds offer a minimalistic look. They work well to minimize harsh sunlight, while also allowing for a clear view when not in use. On the other hand, curtains can add a feeling of luxury. In addition, they can block out more sunlight than blinds since the material is typically much more opaque (depending on the material you purchase).

As you may know, custom made windows can get costly. Even though the view may be slightly interrupted, a great way to save some money would be to arrange several factory sized windows together to create a gallery of windows. This is also a great opportunity to create an eye-catching display that will wow your guests.

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Floor to Ceiling Windows from Anderson Windows and Doors. Photo: Pinterest

While floor to ceiling windows can be installed in almost any room, they can be used seamlessly between indoor and outdoor living spaces. We recommend including French doors, or sliding doors, for easy access between the two spaces. Combining indoor and outdoor spaces with floor to ceiling windows is perfect for those who love to entertain. Essentially, you are no longer confined to one entertaining space and your guests can mingle seamlessly between spaces.

Unfortunately, it is hard to pinpoint an exact cost of floor to ceiling windows since every space will require a different dimension. The cost of floor to ceiling windows in your home will depend on several factors including size, quality, your geographic location, and installation costs. Even though floor to ceiling windows are often pricey, they can dramatically update the look in any home and can be incorporated with any design style.

The Pros and Cons of Vinyl Windows vs Wood

Window replacements are a great investment for your home. New windows can help you save money, add value to your home, and provide ease of use. Vinyl and wood are two of the most popular window materials on the market today. Like many finishes to your home, vinyl and wood have their own advantages and disadvantages.

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Cost of vinyl windows vs wood

The cost of vinyl windows is unbeatable. It is the least expensive window material on the market and it is widely available. Part of the reason why vinyl windows are so cheap is due to their mass-production and high demand. On the other hand, this often means that custom vinyl windows can cost a bit more.

Wood windows typically cost significantly more than vinyl, not including the additional maintenance costs. Unlike vinyl, wood can be cut and customized to any shape.

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Vinyl Windows by Pella Windows & Doors

Durability of vinyl windows vs wood

Vinyl windows may be the least expensive material; however, vinyl windows are durable, despise their low price tag, and are not susceptible to rust or corrosion.

If they are well taken care of, wood windows can last a lifetime. Additionally, wood windows are not prone to rust-which can be a huge concern in areas with high-humidity.

Colors and finishes of vinyl windows vs wood

Vinyl windows are often available in white. This is largely due to the likelihood of darker colors fading. Often, manufacturers consider darker vinyl colors as “premium” colors and end up charging more. In addition, many paints have a hard time sticking to vinyl; thus, the color you choose for your vinyl windows is often the one you are stuck with until they are replaced.

Wood windows have that classic charm that vinyl windows often try to imitate. While many homeowners that decide to incorporate the natural wood look into the interior of their home, wood windows can be painted any color on both the interior and exterior of your home.

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Wood Windows by Pella Windows and Doors

Maintenance of vinyl windows vs wood

Vinyl windows require very little maintenance, which is one of their biggest selling points. They never need to be sanded or painted, and they can be cleaned easily with soap and water.

Wood windows will need repainting every few years or so. When wood windows go untreated, they can rot and swell from moisture. This causes the window to be difficult to open and close.

Insulating factor of vinyl windows vs wood

Vinyl windows are good insulators; however, since vinyl windows are often hollow, they have a more difficult time keep hot and cold air out of the home than wood windows.

Quality, wood windows are the best insulators of the materials available today. In the long run, wood windows can actually help you save a ton of money on your heating and cooling bills.

There are several factors to consider when choosing vinyl windows vs wood including: cost, durability, colors and finishes, maintenance, and energy-efficiency. While vinyl and wood are both quality window options, it is ultimately your preferences that determine whether you choose to install vinyl or wood windows.

Are Window Replacements Worth the Investment?

“Windows are the eyes to the house.” You might be familiar with this quote if you’ve ever watched the popular sitcom Parks & Rec, and we can see some similarities in this analogy. Replacement windows can drastically update your home’s curb appeal, along with increasing your home’s value. Additionally, new windows can provide us a clear view to the outdoors, perhaps serving as our home’s “eyes” in that sense.

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Does your home need a window replacement? Most people can scrape by with repairing their current windows; however, if you come to a point where your windows no longer slide open correctly or lock in place, then it may be time to consider a window replacement.

Custom Windows in Addition

Window replacements may not be the most glamorous or exciting home improvement projects; however, there are several benefits to installing new windows in your home, including:

  1. Ease of use. Are your windows difficult to open and close? This is due to swelling. Swelling occurs as moisture sits along the side of your windows. With window replacements, swelling will no longer be an issue; thus, your windows will be easy to open and close. As an added bonus, you will experience little to no drafts since your new, professionally installed windows now have a tight seal.
  2. Added resale value. According to the National Association of Realtors, “Projects such as siding, window and door replacements can recoup more than 70 percent of their cost at resale.” Considering this, window replacements may be well worth the splurge.
  3. Save money. Every window installed by Balducci Exteriors is guaranteed to meet Energy Efficient standards, which leads to savings in heating and cooling costs. ENERGY STAR estimates that you will save $126-$465 a year when replacing single-pane windows, or $27-$111 a year when replacing double-pane. Eventually, your windows will pay for themselves.

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With factors such as: climate, style of home, and lifestyle, choosing the right windows for your home is crucial. With several comparable window brands and companies out there, how will you know which is right for you and your home?  Balducci Exteriors has you covered.

Bay Window Design and Decorating Ideas

Bay windows largely gained their popularity in Victorian era homes to establish a sense of prosperity and wealth. However, bay windows can also be a great addition to contemporary houses depending on the window treatment, as well as your home’s overall feel and decor. Since they are a strong design element, the often serve as the room’s focal point. In addition to being a beautiful design element, bay windows also increase the lighting in the room and can make any room feel larger.

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Bay windows can serve a multitude of purposes and come in a variety of designs. Here are four design ideas for bay windows:

 

Extra Room for Storage

Bay windows can be the perfect place to include some extra storage for knick-knacks around the house. They can be designed to have open bookshelves, or have a lift-up seat for hidden storage.

A Quiet Place to Relax

A reading nook, or day bed, can be a great choice for a bay window and allow for a cozy place to curl up in and relax or enjoy a book on a lazy Sunday.

Extra Seating for Guests

For the homeowner who loves to entertain, ample seating is a must-have. Bay windows are great for extra seating since they are don’t require very much floor space.

A Space to Dine

If your bay window is located in your kitchen or dining area, it may be a good idea to create a kitchen banquette or dining table around your bay window.

 

A bay window is a beautiful architectural element that deserves to be showcased to its fullest potential. It can be the perfect place to relax in, add some additional storage space, or be used for entertainment purposes. The possibilities are almost endless in creating a beautiful and function bay window area.

Window Replacement: Casement Windows

Casement Windows

Casement windows are a popular choice for window replacements in many homes. They are hinged at the side and swing outwards. Casement windows are easy to open and close since most of them come with a hand crank.

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Pella Casement Window – Exterior View Photo: pella.com

Casement Windows in the Home

Where should I install casement windows in my home? Casement windows are the perfect choice for a room with a view since they look like picture windows and do not have a rail, like double hung or sliding windows. Unlike picture windows, these can be opened with the crank to enjoy the fresh air outdoors. Additionally, casement windows may also be the perfect option for hard to reach places, such as over the kitchen sink or other appliances.

Added Security with Casement Windows

In addition to ease of use, the hand crank also serves as the window lock, which adds extra security to the windows. Casement windows are one of the most secure window options since the lock is attached to the window frame, which can give your family peace of mind. As an added bonus, casement windows are the second most weathertight window, behind picture windows, since the casement’s window seal directly aligns with the casement sash. This means extra savings on energy costs.

Pella Casement Windows

Pella’s casement windows have endless amounts of customization. They are available in several materials including: wood, fiberglass, and vinyl. The Pella 350 series casement window is made of durable vinyl material and is “54%-83% more energy efficient with triple-pane glass compared to a single pane window.” Pella’s 350 series casement window was also recognized as the most efficient of ENERGY STAR in 2016.

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Customization in Casement Windows

Depending on your personal style, casement windows can be customized to fit any room and can be fitted with a grille. Grilles are a good way to add more visual interest to the space, depending on the look you are trying to achieve. In addition to grilles, casement windows come in a variety of materials and colors, with more options in customizing the window combinations.

Casement windows can increase your home’s value. Not sure if casement windows are right for your home? Contact Balducci Exteriors. We are experienced in window replacements, and can lead you in the right direction in choosing the right windows for your home. Contact us today to set up an appointment for a free estimate.