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Home Window Replacement Cost Estimator

Replacement Windows

Replacement Windows

If you are considering replacing your windows, you need take a moment to complete a home window replacement cost estimator worksheet.

Home window replacement is something that we all consider at one point in our lives. We hear about the new developments in window technology.

We hear the statements about how energy efficient windows can help you save money.

The new window technology can even help you with noise and also security.

Even with the long list of benefits, we need to ask ourselves if home window replacement costs can be justified.

Window replacement is a major overhaul for our homes, one that can potentially cost a lot of money.

There are some situations when the cost of the window replacement can be offset. This is especially true when you are trying to acquire energy efficient windows for your home.

First Major Cost of Window Replacement To Consider

  • One of the first things you need to decide is if you will go with a full window replacement scheme or simply will you improve some of the window structure. This will depend on your personal objectives and where you see yourself in the future. Are you going to stay in your current home for a long period of time, enough to cover the investment?
  • If you are living in a home with a good strong structure and foundation, and you only have leaky windows or noise problems, you could will benefit from a replacing your windows. You will soon enough recuperate you money on reduced energy bills.
  • If and when you are ready to sell your property you could always increase the price to cover the window replacement job.

However, if your home has other problems besides the windows, let’s say structural problem, then it might not be worth just replacing windows.

You will have to fix the structure and then replace the windows and that will cost a lot of money.

Second Cost Parameter: Size and Shape of the Windows to be Replaced

You need to take measurements: You need to get how many windows and the actual dimensions to get an accurate estimate. To replace just the window provide the frame is in good condition, you can estimate around  $300 to $700 per window.

Note that if you have special size or shape windows they will be a higher cost.

Third Item to Consider is the Frame Status

Some of the reasons you might need to replace windows is to update the frame material. In many cases the frames become obsolete or outdated and you just have to get things done before it becomes too late. Just in the United Stated alone, there are thousands of homes built with wooden frame windows. Fundamentally nothing is wrong with them, as they served their purpose for a long time. However, you can find much stronger alternatives these days.

The cheapest material would be vinyl, but there are other materials to consider: aluminum, wood, fiberglass. The estimated cost for the frame can be as low as $4500 and it can be as high as $40,000 depending on the windows you are re-framing. Please be advise, that just because window 1 needs a frame replacement, it does not mean that all the windows in you home will need a new frame too.

Fourth, Window Installation

Installation of the windows can be cheap if you decide to install them yourself. But, if you are not a handy person, please, spare the time and hire someone that can do it for you.

Fifth, Energy Efficient

If you are thinking on window replacement, take a look at the Energy Star standards, as they can even offer incentives to get the best windows out there. Review the ratings and check for annual savings. These are the savings that you will get in energy bills. In some cases, you can even get some money from the government, in a form of a grant. These are designed to help people with the initial payments, and propagate the use of more energy efficient items. Also include in your search double glazed windows. Double glazed windows coupled with stronger frames can make it harder for someone to sneak into your home.

However, do not be taken by the hype, if your windows are in bad shape, maybe just a little bit of added insulation might be all you need. The energy efficient windows are expensive and take time to recover the investment.

Check prices around. Replacement window tend to be more expensive as the “amenities” increase. Don’t get caught up in the hype. List what you really need, not what the stars of Hollywood would use. Remember that what you spend you probably will recover at the sale of the home or through reduced energy bills.

Finding the right window replacement to best suit your needs is much easier these days, as we have this thing called the internet. You can even find how to install replacement windows manuals. I would not attempt unless you are really handy though. If you decide to hire someone to get the window replacement job done, make sure you ask for references and you do check them all. Meet with the technicians and make sure you clearly understand their services and warranties. You do not want to find hidden cost once the replacement windows are already installed!