08 Aug Features and Accessories That Affect Window Prices
There is a large range in costs when it comes to doing a window replacement on your home. To avoid surprises and sticker shock, consider a number of options to get the features and accessories you find most important at a price that you can afford. A few of the top factors affecting window pricing:
1. The material.
You can find windows made of wood, vinyl, aluminum, fiberglass and other materials. Each has its own benefits and price point. Vinyl, for instance, offers great energy efficiency while aluminum offers safety and impact resistance. Talk to us about your priorities and we can help you choose a window material that fits your needs.
2. Window style.
A large, ornate window will cost more than a smaller one that provides ventilation in a bathroom. Additionally, you’ll see differences in price between double-hung windows, casement windows and awning style windows. Look at several options to see which ones fit your tastes and the style of your home while also fitting into your budget.
3. The size of your project.
Are you having a single window replaced or are you doing window replacement throughout the house? Often, you can save on labor and materials by getting a lot of work done at once. Ask for quotes on one or two or a group of several to see if you can save money.
4. The glass type.
Double and triple-pane windows, or a higher performance option like Low-E glass will have a higher initial outlay than less energy-efficient single-pane options. However, these types of glass can provide significant savings on your heating and cooling bills. Talk to your contractor about the benefits of each option and the expected utility savings. You may also be eligible for tax credits for improving your home’s heating and cooling efficiency with Energy Star windows.
5. Custom upgrades.
Special hardware finishes, custom colors and accessories like blinds between the panes of glass will lead to a higher window cost. Compare the cost of these upgrades with the baseline costs to decide which of these you consider worthwhile investments.
6. The size of the window.
If you have a large space to fill, you will probably pay more for a single, large window than you will for double-hung windows. Talk to your contractor about options to find the size that works best with your project and budget.
Upgrading the windows in your home can improve both your home’s electricity efficiency and your home’s appearance. By picking out the qualities that matter to you most, you can find windows that fit the look, feel and utility you want while keeping within a comfortable budget.