Is it worth getting new windows?
Are feeling those cold front winds blowing in around your windows? Even the slightest bit is too much and is reason enough to consider window replacement for your home. Why? Because if you’re feeling cold drafts coming in, that means that warm air you’re paying to create it going out. Do you want to pay for warming up the outside too?
Getting window replacement for houses isn’t cheap, we realize that, but neither are the utility bills for heating and cooling. In our article today, we’re going to answer some commonly asked questions about window replacement. We’ll provide you enough reason to make a logical decision that will save you money in the long run.
As you feel that cold air coming in around your windows, you’re contemplating window replacement or repair what you have in place for now. However, you can see the value in a window replacement job being a home improvement investment for you now or if you decide to sell your home. Here are four factors to consider if this is the right decision for you, your budget, and your home:
- Window frame condition
- The climate
- Current window thickness
- The style of current windows
These are factors that should influence your decision if the cost of window replacements is a good thing to consume. If the windows in your home are less than ten years old and have begun having a draft around them, window repairs would be the better option. Simply install sealing along the frames and reseal the double windows will bring your windows back to the insulative properties that you want.
Which replacement window is best?
If you’re considering getting replacement windows, here are a few things to help you choose the best window replacement for you:
- Determine your budget and most you can afford.
- What style of new replacement windows do you prefer?
- Is energy-efficiency important to you?
- What style and type of frames do you prefer?
- What warranty options are important to you?
- Do want professional installation?
Now that you have the answers to those questions, here are the three most popular window replacement choices and why:
An energy-efficient, high-quality window with a history of 100 years’ experience. Their energy-efficient product line meet or exceed ENERGY STARⓇ certifications for all fifty states and they offer a wide selection of colors, materials, and styles. Their double-hung windows can cost up to $355 depending on the window you choose.
Know for being energy-efficient and with little maintenance. Modern styles that have a long lifespan and there are options to design windows yourself. Their double-hung window replacement choices start around $409.
A great choice for vinyl window replacements with an excellent customer service and a warranty that backs their quality commitment. Owner of several awards for the quality and the performance of their product, known for durability. Their double-hung window replacements can start as low as $150 and cost as much as $1,000.
Is replacing a window easy?, Can I replace a window myself?
A homeowner that is handy with tools and has some home-improvement experience can install their own window replacement and save some money. A few things you may want to consider before taking on this job though:
- Time: Because you don’t do window replacement every day, this is going to take you long than it would a professional.
- Tools: It is going to take you longer because you don’t do it every day and you don’t have all the proper equipment and tools.
- Warranty: Many, if not all window replacement manufacturers aren’t going to honor their warranty if they aren’t installed by a certified contactor.
- Workmanship: If a window gets broke while you’re doing your own window replacement, you have to replace it at your expense. If a contractor breaks a window, and they are less likely to than you, they have to replace it at their expense.
Will new windows help with electric bill?
Yes, and like you, new window replacement is why most homeowners make this investment. Having an Energy Star-qualified window replacement will help you save on your energy expenses, as much as $450 annually. The type of windows you purchase and the area of the country where you live will affect these numbers.
What time of year is best to replace windows?
Ideally, a window replacement job is best during the spring when the weather is warm, but not blistering hot.
If you are considering window replacement without removing frame, keep in mind that even window replacement 10 years ago will have began losing its seal (remember we mentioned that earlier in this piece). This can be partly the sealing around glass, but it is more likely to be around the window frame.
A full frame window replacement job will remove your existing windows, including the framing, completely down to the studs. Your new window replacement, including the frame, will include an inspection and repairs of any water damage to be done by a professional. While it will cost you a little more money, the savings in utilities are going to be an ROI for that money spent. Call (516) 986-3979 today for window replacement in Long Island and Farmingdale, NY with All American Home Improvement Inc today.