Types and Costs of Replacement Windows
Buying and choosing replacement windows can be a difficult task, and with so many styles, materials, and energy-efficient options to choose from, it is easy to see why some folks tend to wait on replacement windows. But that would be a mistake. Replacement windows offer your home some significant benefits for the costs.
Benefits of Replacing Your Windows
Updating a home can keep the value of it increasing overtime at a higher rate than the neighborhood average. While kitchen and bathroom remodels are apparent for most, some people overlook the benefits of brand-new energy-efficient replacement windows. Replacement windows can modernize your home and save you money on heating and cooling expenses by reducing the amount of air leakage. The style and options you choose to determine the benefits of your new replacement windows.
Window Frame Materials
Window frames can be built of several materials such as wood, vinyl, fiberglass, and aluminum. Each material has its pros and cons. Wood is durable and has a wonderfully elegant look yet is expensive and can warp, crack, or bend if not adequately maintained over the years. However, vinyl is cost-effective, often 40% less cost than wood windows, and has a high energy-efficiency due to the insulation in the frame. Aluminum is a strong material and can support large window glass with relatively small and thin frames. Aluminum is long-lasting but can corrode if exposed to certain harsh elements. Also, aluminum replacement windows are difficult to find. Fiberglass windows are often used in a hybrid window. Wood and fiberglass clad windows are standard when the handsome wood appearance is required for the interior, yet the homeowner wants the superior protection that fiberglass can offer against harsh weather elements.
Types of Windows
There are several common types of windows to consider when looking at replacement windows, all with their own styles and attributes. Single and double hung windows are your most standard windows. The major difference between the two types of windows is how they operate. On a single hung window, the bottom glass sash will move up and down to open and close the window, however a double hung window, both the top and bottom glass sash will move to allow for easier access to clean. Double hung windows are the most common replacement window. There are many other types of windows available to replace your home’s existing windows or to customize your home. Here are a few more types to consider.
- Arch Windows
- Bay Windows
- Circular Windows
- Casement Windows
- Awning Windows
- Picture Frame Windows
Energy Efficient Windows
Other than modernizing the look of your home, replacement windows are often desired for improved energy efficiency. Options like Low-E glass (low-emissivity) can reduce the amount of sun rays that pass through the glass. Low-E glass has a microscopic layer that reflects long-wave infrared waves or heat waves. This keeps the heat out in the summer and the heat in during the winter. Additional options include triple-paned windows, gas-filled, and special insulation that prevents heat transfer.
Replacement Window Costs
Replacement windows costs will vary depending on the size, material, type, and energy efficiency of the window. With this many variables, its easy to see that replacement window prices could have a wide range, so we will discuss the most commonly purchased windows to give you some point of reference.
Replacement Vinyl Windows Costs
For basic single hung vinyl windows installed, a homeowner should expect a cost of $150-$400 a window. Double hung vinyl windows will cost between $450-$675.
Replacement Wood Windows Costs
Replacement wood window costs range from $800-$1100 but, you can expect this to vary significantly if the windows are larger or have extra energy-saving options.
Replacement Fiberglass Window Costs
Fiberglass windows cost between $550-$950 per replacement window. However, fiberglass clad wood windows will be much more costly.
When its time for you to get your replacement window installation, Baker Roofing & Construction is the company for you. We will send out our reputable representative to discuss the different options that will fit your home’s style and your budget. Then we will measure all your windows and have them professionally built to fit your home. The installation will be seamless, and Baker Roofing will repair any sheetrock issues, if any, leaving your home looking better than ever.Back to Blog