If you’re looking for a relatively easy and affordable way to update the look of your home, installing replacement windows can be a great choice. Windows are among the most prominent features of a home and affect its look and feel both inside and out. Plus, new windows often have better insulation and soundproofing than old windows, so you can even live more comfortably as well.
So, how do you choose the best replacement windows for your Virginia home? Here are a few tips from the experts at NuHome.
Set a budget beforehand
This is a good idea for any type of home renovation. New windows can range anywhere from around $100-$1,000 per, depending on the materials used and how much insulation it includes. So, have a clear idea of how much money you have to spend, so you can focus on getting the most for your money.
Also: put a little in reserve, just in case. Accidents can happen. Around 10% is a good number. So, for example, if you have $5,000 to spend, try to cap expenses at $4,500 and keep the remaining $500 as a safety net.
Identify the windows that most need replacement
Chances are, you aren’t going to replace every window in your home at once. The most important ones to focus on are either:
A – Street-facing windows which affect your curb appeal, or
B – The most-damaged windows with poor insulation or leaks
Start with those, then add more windows to the project if your budget allows.
Full frame or ‘pocket’ replacements?
A full-frame replacement is just what it sounds like you’re buying both the window and the frame it fits in. Obviously, this adds to the costs. On the other hand, it’s also possible to do a ‘pocket’ replacement, fitting a window into the existing frame. This saves money, but should only be done if you know the frame is in good shape and isn’t leaking.
Multi-pane windows can pay for themselves
Some modern windows are made of two or even three panes of glass, with an inert gas such as argon in between the layers. These are more expensive than single-pane windows, but they substantially improve your energy efficiency and insulation. In many cases, they pay for themselves by reducing your energy use.
NuHome are your Virginia experts for installing replacement windows! If your home is due for an update, contact us for recommendations and a free estimate.