You may have determined that you need new windows and started doing your research on the cost, only to find yourself shocked by how expensive new windows can be. Make no mistake, installing new windows is a significant investment in your home. Yet even though the windows are expensive, that doesn’t mean that you should try and cut corners. New windows are an investment that has great ROI, and it’s important to approach this project with that mindset.
What is the Average Cost of New Windows?
The average cost of new windows is difficult to determine because of all the variables that go into a window replacement project. The national average is approximately $16,000, or about $500 for each window, but that doesn’t include replacing frames, disposal, or finishing. Some replacement windows can cost up to $1000 for each new window. This is a major investment, and it’s no surprise that many homeowners react to a window replacement estimate with sticker shock. However, windows aren’t the place to skimp. Poor quality windows or poor installation can cause more problems for you in the near future.
What Influences the Cost of New Windows?
There are five main factors that influence the cost of new windows.
Quality of Frame Materials
The three main options for frame materials are vinyl, fiberglass, and wood. Vinyl is the most cost-effective option. Wood and fiberglass both cost about 30% more.
Style and Customization
If you are hoping to choose new styles or sizes of new windows, your costs will go up.
Energy Efficiency of Glass
Cheap glass windows are not energy efficient. Inert gas insulators between the panes of glass will make your home much more energy efficient.
If you need a full frame window installation, you will be replacing the window, the sill, and the trim. The process is slow and much more expensive. A pocket installation is simply replacing an old window with a new one in an existing frame. This is more cost effective, but may not always be possible if you have any damage to your frame or you are changing the size of any windows.
Warranty and Certifications
If you get a low quote, check to make sure that your new windows include a warranty. New windows without a warranty will obviously cost less, but at a great risk. If anything goes wrong you’ll end up paying more in the long run.
Is There a Way to Reduce the Cost of My New Windows?
If you want to limit the cost of your new windows, you will need to be mindful of the materials you choose. There are windows available that are budget conscious while still being good quality. Limiting the extras, taking on the finish work, such as painting yourself, and getting several estimates can help you get the best price for your new windows. One of the places you shouldn’t try to cut costs is on installation. Window installation is very precise work, and the professionals are the ones with the tools and expertise to do it right. You could buy the most expensive window available, but if it is installed poorly, it won’t provide the benefits you expect.
Are New Windows Worth the Investment?
While you may not recoup the costs in energy savings for some time, new windows are worth the investment. They will add value to your home. You will feel the difference in comfort in your home, your home will be safer and more secure, it will look better inside and out, and if you are planning on listing your home, your home will be more attractive to buyers.
New windows are expensive, but considering them an investment in your home is the right way to think about the process. Your curb appeal, energy efficiency, and comfort of your home will all improve with new windows. Contact Armorvue Home Exteriors to set up a virtual appointment to discuss new windows for your home today!