Thinking about giving your home sweet home a makeover? Well, now is the time to start thinking about home improvements. Specifically, it’s time to consider getting new windows installed in your home. This isn’t a task that should be completed in winter when the weather is cold.
The wood frame of your house tends to contract in the cold and expand when the weather’s warm. It’s best to get your windows installed when the temperature is optimal in order to meet this movement somewhere in the middle.
With that said, there are some costs involved in getting new windows installed in your home. You need to be aware of these costs so that you can start budgeting for them. Let’s take a look.
Window Frames and Other Repairs
The first expense that you might have to deal with when having new windows installed involves repairs. If you have a cracked or rotted window frame, it will need to be repaired before the new windows can be put in. A window installation service provider can help you out here.
Otherwise, a number of problems can occur that might invalidate the warranty on these windows. Every part of the area around your window frames needs to be inspected thoroughly before installing a window. The contractor will be looking for things like cracks in the walls, as well as damage to the sills and jambs. The cost for each of these repairs depends on some things, including the extent of the damage and the time required to fix them properly.
Replacement Windows and Potential Upgrades
Next, the cost of the replacement windows should be considered. The type of window that you choose plays a large part in this. There are several different types of windows to pick from, including:
Double Hung Windows – These are fairly standard, and are the main type of window used in the United States. This type consists of two panes of glass, one located above the other. Usually, the bottom window slides upwards and has a screen in place for security reasons. Double hung windows are usually the least expensive option, which is why they’re so popular.
Casement Windows – These windows consist of two different panes of glass, much like the double hung variety. However, those panes are located side by side and open in the middle, with each pane swinging outwards. There’s a similar type of casement window called a slider window. These are built the same – with two panes side by side – but they slide open with one window covering the other.
Awning Windows – This type of window is usually used in a sunroom. It opens from the bottom, swinging outwards to let in air.
Stationary Windows – Stationary windows don’t move. They usually consist of one large pane of glass. These are the types of windows that are found in most living rooms and bathrooms, although the bathroom ones have a special effect applied to them to make it difficult to see in.
Bay Windows – A bay window is one that consists of one large stationary window with several smaller windows on each side. The smaller windows meet the stationary one at 45-degree angles, and the larger window sticks out from the side of the house, forming a bay or bow shape.
The type of window that you choose for your house – and there’s no rule that you have to stick with just one – depends on the overall style of your home, as well as your window budget.
Plus, there’s another expense to consider here – upgrades. For example, if you want to have a bay window installed in your living room and it’ll replace the current stationary one, then it will cost a bit more.
The expenses of reinforcing the frames and building out the window base will be incurred along with the overall costs of the window itself.
Installation Costs and Materials
Finally, the last costs to consider are those of the installation (as in labor) and any additional materials beyond those needed for repairs. Obviously, you’ll need to pay the installation company, who will either charge you a flat rate per window or an hourly rate. Depending on the size of your house anywhere from three to six employees will be needed in order to get the installation done quickly and easily.
Of course, this depends on the company and whether or not your house has more than one story. For safety reasons, there should always be someone at the bottom of the ladder holding it into place. Those additional materials consist of caulking, weather stripping, and anything else needed during the installation process.
Although there are a lot of different expenses to consider when having new windows installed, the most important thing to remember is that you’ll be working with the same contractor throughout the process. You won’t have many different bills to keep track of unless you try to install the windows yourself. This isn’t recommended, due to the nature of the upgrades.