If your home has old windows and you have been wondering about the cost of replacing them, then it's important you understand the various factors affecting the cost of residential replacement windows.
Listed below are the four main factors:
Factor #1: The Physical Location of Your Home
One of the biggest factors affecting the price of your home's replacement windows is its physical location. For example, if your home is located in San Francisco or New York City, then both the windows and the labor cost to install them will be a lot higher than if your home is in rural Iowa or North Dakota.
Factor #2: The Number of Windows and Their Sizes
The overall cost of your window replacement project will be affected by the number of windows in your home and their corresponding sizes. A smaller home with fewer windows will cost less than a larger home with larger windows.
Factor #3: The Style of Windows You Choose
While you can't do anything about the location of your home or the size and number of windows it has, you do have other choices that will affect your window replacement costs. The biggest choice being the window style you choose.
If you opt for single-hung windows they are the least expensive option because only half of the window is movable. This is fine for opening them to let in the fresh air, but it is not ideal for cleaning - especially for second-story windows.
Single-hung windows have fewer mechanical problems as they age, so sometimes they can be a better option for ground level windows. This is the case in homes with children because they aren't always known for being gentle when opening and closing their bedroom windows.
If you opt for double-hung windows replacement, then both halves of the window will move. While double-hung windows are a bit more expensive, they make cleaning so much easier that they are well worth the added cost.
Factor #4: The Type of Window Glass
Finally, the fourth factor affecting the cost of replacing your old windows with new is the type of window glass you choose. Today, most replacement windows have double-pane or triple-pane glass. Double-pane windows are less expensive than triple-pane, but triple-pane windows are better for energy efficiency. If you live in an area with a mild climate, then the double-pane glass is appropriate. However, if you live in an area with very hot summers or very cold winters, then triple-pane windows are a must.