Budgeting for Windows: Things To Consider

By: Architectural Visions

New windows are an investment in your property. Windows typically need to be replaced every 15 to 20 years, so they are not a purchase that you will make regularly. When it’s time to replace your windows, the cost is typically impacted by the type of window, the window size, the window frame material and if the windows are energy efficient. Like any home improvement project, setting a budget is an essential first step before beginning your project. Read on for points to consider when you’re budgeting for new windows.

Key findings for budgeting for windows:

  • The materials of the windows will have the most significant impact on your budget; however, it’s essential to consider their long-term value.
  • Typically, the larger the window, the higher the price. Custom windows, such as picture windows, will likely be the most expensive.
  • The cost of labor should be considered in the overall cost, so it’s essential to contact a professional for the most accurate and trustworthy estimate.

Window materials

Window materials will have the most considerable impact on your budget. However, it’s also essential to consider the long-term value. The most inexpensive window material may require higher, long-term maintenance costs.

  • Aluminum windows are typically an affordable option; however, they are also less energy efficient than other materials.
  • Fiberglass windows are known for their strength and durability. They are also weather-resistant, and will not rot, rust or warp. Fiberglass windows are energy-efficient and can result in energy savings
  • Wood windows are a traditional material that is long-lasting. Wood’s natural look is visually attractive and it can also be painted or stained to match the style and color palette of the house. Wood windows come in many different styles. Wood windows also offer energy savings and are known for keeping the warm air in during the winter and the cold air in during the summer.
  • Composite windows have the look of wood and the durability of vinyl. While they are at top of the budget range, they require little to no maintenance once installed.
  • Steel windows are uniquely elegant windows that can appear both traditional and contemporary. They have sleek, slim lines, which provide a clear view to the outside. Steel windows are extremely strong, durable, and long-lasting.

Window size

Typically, the larger the window, the higher the price. Below are some of the most commonly used windows:

  • Double-hung windows have two operable sashes that slide up and down.
  • Casement windows open outward to the left or right and open with a handle that cranks.
  • Picture windows are standard fixed windows and can come in various shapes and sizes. They are often custom, putting them at the top of the price range.
  • Bay windows have three sections that extend outward. The center window is a picture window, and the windows on either side are another style, often casement windows or double-hung windows. These two side windows are typically the same style.
  • Awning windows are hinged on the top and open outward from the bottom, allowing for ventilation and protection from the rain.
  • Glider windows feature two sashes, with at least one sash sliding horizontally past another.
  • Steel frame windows work with various architectural styles and fit in modern and traditional houses. They have slim lines and offer clear views of the outside.
  • Tilt and turn windows tilt inwards at the top and open outwards at the side, similar to a casement window.

Cost of labor and removing old windows

The cost of labor should be considered in the overall cost. By working with professional window experts, like those at AVI,  you can gain the insight you need for the most accurate estimate. Additionally, you’ll want to ask them about the cost of removing your old windows and the debris that is associated with this process.

Energy savings

By installing energy-efficient windows, you can save on your utility bills. On average, the U.S. Department of Energy reports that ENERGY STAR windows save $101–$583 a year when replacing single-pane windows.

AVI Windows & Doors

Turn to a professional to help you budget for your new windows by contacting the experts at AVI. AVI is your one-stop shop for installing all styles of windows, with in-person and online service options. Please don’t hesitate to contact us online or come by one of our Southeast locations and let us help you!