As you shop around for replacement windows, you may discover a wide price range – anywhere from $ 400 – $ 1,200 per window installed. Several factors influence the cost of replacement windows. All other things being equal, it’s tempting to make a decision on price alone. However, the lowest priced window may not deliver the best value and performance for your money.
You deserve the highest quality replacement windows for your budget. There are many factors that affect the cost of replacement windows and understanding them will help you make a wise investment.
Replacement windows are available in a variety of different materials including wood, fiberglass, composite, and vinyl. There are pros and cons to each window type and pricing can vary significantly.
For most homeowners, vinyl is the material of choice. That’s because, unlike wood, vinyl replacement windows are maintenance free and rot resistant. In a humid climate like ours, choosing a weather-resistant window protects your home from moisture damage. Plus, vinyl windows are typically more affordable than fiberglass or composite.
Different window materials add style and sophistication to your home. If a specific finish is important to you, you may think wood is your only option. However, don’t dismiss vinyl just yet. Today’s vinyl replacement windows come in several standard colors and can also be painted.
These are just some of the reasons why vinyl replacement windows are often a great choice for starter homes, luxury homes, and everything in between.
Replacement windows are available in different styles. As a general rule, stationary windows are more cost effective than operating windows. All other things being equal, the picture window is the least expensive style. That’s because it is a single fixed sash with no operating hardware.
Operational windows come in several different styles. Double and single-hung windows have sashes that slide up and down. Casement windows crank open to the left or right, and slider windows have sashes that open horizontally.
In Coastal Virginia, double hung windows are the most popular style. They might cost a bit more than single-hung, picture, or slider window styles. But homeowners appreciate being able to open both sashes and tilt them in for stress-free cleaning.
We’ve talked about the visible differences in replacement windows. But often it’s what you can’t see that has the biggest impact on performance, longevity, and cost. Competing windows from different manufacturers may look similar, but have different grades of glass, hardware, and construction methods.
Most homeowners want their replacement windows to be well-insulated. The grade of the insulated glass unit, or IG, is what makes the window energy efficient and helps to lower your heating and cooling costs. Energy efficient replacement windows will feature double-pane insulated glass units with low-E coating and an inert glass such as argon. These qualities are what help make a window Energy Star(R) certified.
The operating hardware in a replacement window also affects price and longevity. To get your money’s worth, ask about the balance systems, locks and latches used by the manufacturer. Windows with higher grade hardware stand up to frequent use and harsh weather far better than their cheaper counterparts.
And speaking of value, did you know that every replacement window on the market comes with a performance “report card.” As a consumer, you can use the information on the window performance label to make an objective comparison of performance among different brands of windows.
The American Architectural Manufacturers Association (AAMA) and National Fenestration Ratings Council (NFRC) maintain national standards for windows and doors. Manufacturers are required to independently test their products and publish their ratings. To learn more about our CVP products, click here.
Installation services should be a significant factor in your choice of a replacement window solution. That’s because even the highest-quality window will underperform if it’s not sized and installed properly. Poor window installation can lead to issues like water damage, drafts, and difficulty opening the windows in the future
A licensed and experienced installation team will take the time to install your windows properly. They‘ll also alert you to existing rot or damage and take the necessary steps to repair it. An installer that covers up problems or cuts corners will cost you more money in the long run.
Your new windows should also come with a manufacturer’s warranty. If your window company subcontracts the installation to a third party, be sure you know who to call for service and support after the sale.
For most homeowners, the peace of mind that comes with hiring a reputable and professional installation company is worth the investment.
At first I thought I’d buy a patio door from the “big box store” and hire a handyman to install it. I’m so glad I spent the extra money to have CVP do my patio door replacement. The installation process was more complicated than I imagined. CVP did such a professional job!
Billy P. of Yorktown, VA
CVP has proven over and over to be a five-star company, from their choice and quality of products, to their impeccable workmanship and attentive customer service. Plus, the pricing was competitive if not better than most of the companies we got quotes from.
Martha N. of Poquoson, VA
At CVP Windows & Doors we design, build, and install replacement windows that suit your home and your lifestyle. As a regional manufacturer, we’re able to offer personalized service, prompt warranty support, and competitive pricing on high-quality vinyl replacement windows and doors.
No matter what your reason for replacing your house windows, CVP Windows & Doors is the window installer you need to help you choose the perfect replacement windows to solve all your needs. Call us or click here to schedule a free window replacement cost estimate in Newport News, Yorktown, Poquoson, or nearby Virginia and North Carolina.
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Replacement windows can give your home the look and comfort you need while providing potential savings on your energy bills. Proper window replacement can also drastically increase the value of your home. Get started with a free window replacement cost estimate!
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