When your home’s windows are not opening and closing as they once did, or when they are letting in extremely cold air that you do not feel comfortable with, it could be time to have a new window replacement installed. Knowing the total cost of window replacement will help keep you on budget and prevent any unexpected expenses down the line. One thing you may want to consider before having anyone replace the windows is whether or not you can perform this job yourself. If you are able to do the installation yourself and you follow the proper steps, the end result will look very professional and the installation will not take very long.
Window replacement is usually a much larger project than many people anticipate, but there are several ways to save money on this job. One method that many people use is to use inserts to bring the new window in through the existing frame. Inserts are not particularly difficult to install; they can even be used for sliding glass doors as well. These inserts are installed in such a way that they are actually holding the new window in place once it is attached to the old frame. If your window is falling apart in some areas or you simply do not like the look of the insert, there are other methods available.
Many people choose to retrofit their windows by cutting out the old frame and installing a new one. If you are feeling adventurous, this is definitely a viable option, though it does carry a greater risk of window damage. Wood is the most popular material that is used to make window frames, and while wood can certainly be damaged if too much pressure is applied to it, there are other options available as well. Fiberglass is often the material of choice because of its resistance to impact and its ability to stay strong. The downside to fiberglass is that it is expensive, and it tends to crack under pressure.
If you have a window replacement that is not only looking good but is also structurally sound, there is another option for you. You may decide to remove the frame entirely and replace the glass with an insulated window or cover. These products will significantly reduce heat loss through your home, although it will not stop it entirely. Still, you can save money by replacing just the frame, leaving the panes (if you chose to include them) free and clear. Panes are not insulated by any means, but there are products on the market today that can be placed between the panes to create a more energy efficient space. In addition, if you choose to remove the frame entirely, you will be left with a blank slate for the panes, saving you significant cost when it comes to insulation.
The final way that you can save money when it comes to window replacement cost is to do it yourself. Though it will take a little work on your part, many of the tools you will need are relatively simple and affordable. For example, you may need to purchase a window installation kit to get all the hardware you need for the job, including screws, glue and nails. If you are replacing the entire window, you may want to enlist the help of someone familiar with window installation to help you measure and mark the window frames and properly place the hinges and locks.
Perhaps the most overlooked method for saving money when it comes to replacing windows is to install the inserts at the factory standard instead of after the fact. The vast majority of inserts require a certain amount of space in order to work, and if you do not have adequate room when installing the inserts, you will waste time and money. Fortunately, if you purchase a window replacement kit, the installers will take care of the spacing issues. All you need to do is mark the correct spots with the new insert and install the kit accordingly. Not only will you be able to save a great deal of money on the actual hardware, but you will also have more room in terms of installing the new insert.