When selecting window components based on your unique needs, each decision will directly impact your overall investment in new windows. Window installation cost also gets factored into your total cost for new windows. It’s wise to educate yourself on the multiple decisions you need to make for your new window components, and make informed choices so you get the best windows for your long-term needs, with Lifetime Exteriors, and stay within budget.
Window Components that Factor into the Overall Cost of New Windows
When it comes to replacement windows, prices vary based on your window component choices. Here are some major factors that combine to establish your overall cost:
Costs are directly impacted by the window style and size you choose
The larger the window, the greater the investment. Window styles vary in their shape, function, and appearance, and your selection directly impacts the overall cost of new windows. Here are some popular window styles to consider:
Double hung windows
This is the most popular window style in America. Their traditional look works well on a variety of home styles. They have two vertically sliding sashes. Unlike single hung windows, which only allow the bottom sash to slide up and down, double hung windows allow movement from both the top and bottom sashes, creating excellent air circulation for your home. Their tilt-in feature makes them easy to clean, and eliminates the need for risky ladder climbing to wash second-floor windows. They easily accommodate an air-conditioning unit, and they give your home a beautiful, classic look.
If you want a stunning view, casement windows are a great option. Casement window sashes open to the right or left rather than vertically. They are typically operated by a crank or lever to allow ease of opening and closing. Casement windows are typically found over the tops of counters (such as the kitchen or bathroom). They are also exceptional when it comes to energy efficiency. Their airtight seal that occurs when the sashes press against the window frame keeps air from escaping outward or seeping into your home interior.
Glider windows are sliding windows. They are often larger windows than other types, meaning they provide a home with amazing views and lots of natural light. Because they don’t open outwardly, but rather glide from side to side, their frames (supported by the walls) can hold a great deal of weight, so glider windows can be large and seamless.
Prices vary based on window quality and material choice
Replacement windows come in vinyl, wood, and fiberglass. Each material has its pros and cons.
Vinyl windows are known for their low maintenance: they never need to be repainted. People choose vinyl windows for their affordable price point, and multiple style and color options. The drawback is that while vinyl looks fabulous and is the most cost effective, it doesn’t last as long as wood or fiberglass, so you will end up needing to replace them much sooner than other window materials.
It’s tough to beat the genuine look of real wood windows. They add charm and warmth to a home and look fabulous on historic homes—keeping the authentic appearance of the period. Wood windows are great insulators and keep your home warm and comfortable.
The drawback of wood windows is their high maintenance needs and cost. Wood is the most expensive window frame option on the market. In order to avoid moisture retention that creates wood rot, warping, and other costly hassles, wood windows need to be well maintained and sealed.
These super strong, durable windows last for decades and give you high performance throughout their lifetime. They aren’t apt to retain moisture, rot, crack, or warp. Fiberglass windows give you the low maintenance you desire, so you can spend your time doing the things you love most. Due to the many benefits, fiberglass windows are typically priced about 30% higher than vinyl.
Overall costs vary based on the energy-efficient glass package you choose
If you increase insulation by adding either argon or krypton gas between your window panes, and if you add low-e to your custom replacement windows, your initial cost will increase about 15%. Clean your windows with care if they have a low-e coating on them.
The great news is that making this initial investment in an energy-efficient glass package will pay off for the life of the windows by yielding lower monthly utility bills. You’ll get a high return on your investment (ROI), making your home more attractive when it comes time to sell. And you’ll enjoy greater indoor comfort year-round!
Window installation cost is directly impacted by the window installation process type
Window installation cost always includes labor in the total fee. Some contractors charge by the hour and others by the project. An estimate can change if unforeseen complications arise during the installation process. There are two basic types of window installation.
Pocket installation is a faster installation method that slides the new windows inside your existing window frames. This retrofit or insert window gives you a high return on investment (ROI) because it saves labor costs.
This window installation process replaces the whole window and requires everything (such as the window, sill, and trim) to be removed before installation. It’s a more tedious installation process that requires touchup work after it’s completed.
Depending on how extensive the warranty is that comes with your window replacements, it will be reflected in the overall price. Rest at ease when you invest in window replacement with a good warranty, if anything goes wrong, your warranty should cover it. In the long run, it pays to have a good warranty.