Many homeowners don’t realize just how much of a difference window replacements can make in their day-to-day lives. The benefits are twofold. Not only are windows manufactured recently more energy efficient than older models, but brand new windows can seriously boost the curb appeal of your Carolina property!
If you’ve been thinking about investing in replacement windows soon but haven’t yet scheduled your project, it may be because you’re worried about how much you need to budget for the work to be done. Fortunately, window replacements don’t have to blow your household budget, but they can get pricey if you choose certain materials and features.
This financial guide to window replacements breaks down what you should expect when it comes to having new windows put into your North Carolina or South Carolina home.
Think about what you actually want
First and foremost, it is important to understand that not all replacement windows are the same. There are “full replacements” and “partial replacements” within the home improvement industry. Full replacements involved putting in new window frames and new window panes, while partial replacements usually involve new panes.
As you probably anticipated, partial residential window replacements are typically less expensive than full replacement jobs. In certain cases, however, like when wood has begun to rot, it is necessary to have the entire window, including the frame, replaced.
Give some thought to materials
Several different materials can be used in the window manufacturing process. Vinyl and wood are the most common materials used for frames, but fiberglass is also an option for today’s homeowners. The latter is the priciest choice on the market right now, though, because it is the newest.
Wood window frames tend to be about twice as expensive as vinyl, but they also require more work. For some Carolina homeowners, especially those who want to stay true to the spirit and era of their historic homes, wooden frames are the only option from an aesthetic standpoint. If you don’t have a particular reason for wanting wood window frames, vinyl is often a more practical option.
In regard to window panes, there are also some options to consider. Low-E glass, for example, is an incredibly energy-efficient option that also provides UV protection; over time, furniture, artwork, and other furnishings will fade less if you select Low-E window panes. Double- and triple-paned windows are also quite energy efficient but cost more than single-paned styles.
Take labor costs into account
Even if you intend to buy your own window replacement materials, you will still have to pay your installation contractor’s labor costs. Although the idea of installing windows may seem basic, this is not a do-it-yourself job. Improperly installed windows can lead to high utility bills all year in the Carolinas and even, in the worst cases, cause injury.
The Hatch Homes team is here to make sure your upcoming window installation project goes-off without a hitch. Our skilled crew will do the job right so you can enjoy your new windows without worry. Call our office today to schedule a no-obligation consultation. We look forward to meeting you soon!