Windows play an important role in your home’s ability to regulate internal temperature and maintain energy efficiency. Due to warmer weather and extended daylight working hours, spring is a popular time for homeowners to replace old windows, improve energy efficiency, and increase the resale value of their home.
Window replacement typically requires a sizable investment and therefore requires careful consideration of cost, labor, and materials. In this article, we will answer commonly asked questions homeowners have when considering window replacement and installation.
When Should Windows Be Replaced?
Regardless of their quality or cost, there is no set number of years that determine when windows should be replaced. Many factors can impact the effectiveness and structural integrity of your windows, with proper installation being a key factor.
Improper installation of windows can result in gapping between the window and window frame, difficulty opening or closing the windows, and drafts during cooler months. While homeowners have no control over damage from debris and weathering, routine maintenance of your windows can protect their operational integrity.
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How Much Does It Cost to Install New Windows?
There are many factors that contribute to the final cost of your replacement windows. To estimate the cost of your window replacement project, you’ll need to factor in the number of windows you need, materials, and labor.
For context, the average cost for window replacement is $650 per window, according to an estimate by HomeAdvisor. Here at Advance, we’re beating the national average by offering installation of 10 Energy Star rated windows for $4495. Learn more on the Windows section of our website.
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Which Windows Should You Choose?
Homeowners have numerous options when looking for replacement windows, which can impact your final decision. When shopping for windows, you should consider:
- Materials – Wood and vinyl are typically the two most popular material options for window installation and replacement. In recent years, vinyl has become the most popular option because of its longevity, durability, and sleek aesthetic. However, some home styles may require the traditional look of a wooden window.
- Design – Windows come in many shapes and sizes that can be used to complement the style and function of your home. Double-hung windows are a popular design for their easy maintenance and versatility. However, there are many ways to customize your home’s exterior with varying window types, like adding classic bay windows.
- Budget – Ultimately, your budget will determine what windows you can afford. Materials, quality, size, and project scope are all factors that affect the cost of replacement windows.
Once you’ve narrowed your options, you can consider other factors, such as energy efficiency, glass packages, or exterior accents like shutters.
What Makes a Window ‘Energy-Efficient?
New windows should ideally have an Energy Rating Label from the National Fenestration Ratings Council (NFRC). This label includes a rating for U-Factor and Solar Heat Gain, which indicate how effective the windows are at regulating temperatures inside the home.
A low U-Factor, measuring heat loss and heat filtration through conduction, indicates that the new windows are well insulated and resistant to heat flow, which helps keep warm air in during the winter and cool air in during the summer.
How Should You Prepare for Window Replacement?
Window replacement can be time-consuming and laborious, depending on the size, placement, material, and quantity of windows being installed. It can take anywhere from a few hours to a whole day for a team to properly replace the windows, depending on the scope of the installation project. There are a few things you can do as a homeowner to ensure the job runs smoothly and efficiently.
First, make sure to remove any window treatments, such as curtains, blinds, or curtain rods. You should also remove any other objects, like shelves or picture frames, from around the window.
Once you’ve cleared the windows, you should move any furniture or freestanding objects a few feet away and cover them with a tarp or blanket. It’s an extra yet simple step that will protect your furnishings while providing the installer easy access to the window.
Don’t Wait! Replace Your Windows This Spring
Here at Advance Inc., we are proud to offer our community and customers reliable resources and outstanding services to install or replace new windows for their homes.
We stand behind our window products and installation services, confident that in the long run, you’ll save money by using less energy while also enhancing the beauty of your home.