Within the window replacement market, buyers can choose between wood, aluminum, fiberglass or vinyl windows. All these options may be desirable in some cases, but most homeowners nowadays opt to upgrade to vinyl. There are many reasons why vinyl windows have become so popular in the last 15 years; most importantly, consumers appreciate the ease of maintenance, durability and overall performance of the windows.
The price of vinyl windows depends on selected specifications such as the number of panes within the glass seal unit, the type of gas used inside and the type of material used as a spacer. In addition, some consumers report that an outdated window rubber seal is causing their home to freeze up in the winter. Rubber window seal replacement may help temporarily, but other issues should be addressed to make a long-term difference.
Glass window seals play the most critical part in window performance, accounting for 70% of the whole window area. Triple-glazed windows provide the best protection from the cold and are considered more energy efficient than double panes. The triple pane window costs on average 10% more than a double pane window.
The window style matters a lot when it comes to the price
Windows that are more energy efficient are more expensive. They are produced in a way that is designed to provide maximum protection from any weather conditions, including extreme cold and heat. Casement and awning windows are considered superior to any other style of window. An average increase in price when upgrading to a casement window ranges from 10% to 15% more than any different style.
Full frame or pocket window installation makes a price difference
A pocket window or a so-called retrofit installation is less effective in energy efficiency as it relies only on a renewed component without addressing any issues outside the window. The most efficient, long-lasting and most common installation type is the one that includes the complete removal of all the pieces associated with the old window and gives a proper assessment of the internal structure of the house, such as studs and walls of the home. This installation takes longer to complete and is, on average, 10% to 15% more expensive than the alternative option.
There are many ways to address window replacement in your home. Of course, budget-friendly options are available, but if you do not wish to compromise the safety of your home, spending a bit more on renovations will guarantee the most energy-efficient results. In addition, it may help you save more money long-term.