Replacing outdated, drafty windows with new, energy-efficient units is one of the most valuable investments you can make. New windows not only enhance the aesthetic appeal of your home but can improve its energy performance and resale value. With that in mind, it is important to create an appropriate budget for the window replacement. Here are three things to consider:
1. Cost of Materials
When it comes to replacing your windows, the first thing you should think about, in addition to the window style, is the material you will use. Vinyl, for example, is usually less expensive than wood or fiberglass, but it cannot be painted, offering less flexibility on the design, and is difficult to recycle. Aluminum is another affordable choice, but it does not hold up to heat. With Fibrex®, you can get the strength and insulating value of wood with the low-maintenance features of vinyl, making it more cost-effective than other options.
2. Cost of Labor
Another important factor is the labor cost. Normally, this involves the time it will take for your window installer to set up their equipment, remove your old windows, and install the new units. While it may be tempting to go with the lowest bid, remember: you get what you pay for. Improper installation and low-quality materials can easily lead to moisture damage, rot, mold, drafts and more. Instead, find a reliable window replacement contractor that’s properly licensed and has an excellent reputation in the community.
3. Energy Savings
Don’t forget about potential energy savings when choosing your new windows. Energy-efficient windows equipped with inert gas fills, thermal spacing systems, low-E coatings, and more can be a bit costly to install. However, it’s a one-time investment that can save you an average of 12 percent on utility costs throughout the year.
In need of beautiful and energy-efficient replacement windows? Look no further than Renewal by Andersen of Oregon and SW Washington. Our skilled team is more than ready to transform your dream home into a reality. Call us at (503) 382-8997 or fill out our contact form to schedule an appointment. We proudly serve homeowners in Portland, OR, and surrounding communities.