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5 Things That Affect The Cost Of Your Replacement Windows

Replacement windows improve your home's appearance. They can also cut down on drafts and improve your home's energy efficiency, depending on the type of new windows you choose. The cost of the replacement windows is dependent upon a few factors. 

1. Size

Smaller windows tend to cost less than larger windows, while standard-size windows are less than custom-sized windows. Generally, you can expect to pay more for new windows if your home was built using custom window sizes. If your home has a mix of custom and standard, mix and match the two to help save on costs instead of having all the windows custom-made. 

2. Material

Replacement windows are available in a range of materials, from traditional wood to more modern fiberglass and vinyl options. Vinyl windows tend to cost less than wood, and fiberglass is comparable and sometimes even less expensive than vinyl. Maintenance costs should also be factored in. For example, vinyl and fiberglass require minimal maintenance, while wood will require repainting or staining every couple of years.

3. Repairs

There may be repairs necessary to the structure surrounding the window, especially if you are replacing older windows that had developed leaks. Your installers may need to replace any framing on the wall that has suffered rot or water damage, for example. Repairing of surrounding drywall, siding, and insulation is also commonly needed when the old windows were leaky.

4. Insulation

Insulated window options come with multiple panes, which is how many layers of glass are in the frame. Single-pane windows provide minimal insulation and tend to be the least expensive. Double panes provide adequate insulation, while triple panes tend to provide the most insulation. The insulation quality rating is available for each window option, so you can easily compare the cost and energy savings expectations when shopping for replacement windows.

5. Options

There is a large range of features that can impact the final cost of your windows, like the type of hardware on the framing or the coatings on the glass. Decorative grills that go over the glass, as well as the type of window screens you choose, will also affect the final cost of the windows. To stretch your budget the furthest, determine which features are most important and bypass any that add cost but little value for your needs. 

For more information on professional replacement windows, contact a professional or a company near you.