Home repairs can put quite a dent in your wallet, so it pays to know how to set a budget and stick to it. This includes window replacement cost as well as other routine home improvements. It helps to know what you are getting into before shopping for new windows for your home.
In the following article, we shall discuss the factors that play a role in determining the cost of Toronto window replacement. This will help you in choosing the best windows for your home.
Main Factors That Affect Window Replacement Cost
Style of Windows
In addition to the number of windows, you need to decide what style of windows you would like. Many homeowners tend to opt for crank style, double hung, or sliding windows, as they are affordable and reliable. However, if you wish to add to the curb appeal of your Toronto area home, picture windows, architectural windows, and bow or bay windows are a stylish choice. Of course, these will cost a bit more than the aforementioned styles, but they add a touch of class and sophistication to your home.
Another factor that affects the cost of windows is the materials of which the windows and frames are designed. Vinyl windows are an extremely popular choice amongst residents of the GTA, as they are both affordable and energy efficient. Wooden windows are also a popular choice due to their classic look and clean, traditional lines. Keep in mind, though, that wooden windows tend to warp and rot due to weather conditions, so they require quite a bit of upkeep.
Vinyl windows are not only energy efficient, but they are built to last. Homes with stylish and energy efficient vinyl windows tend to have a higher market value. Potential buyers will be willing to pay a bit more for windows that are newly installed, durable, and rated highly for energy efficiency. You should keep this in mind if you are planning on selling your home in the coming years.
Energy Efficiency Factors
Speaking of energy efficiency, vinyl windows can be upgraded to make them even more energy efficient. If you are keen to save money on your heating and cooling costs, double or triple pane windows are the way to go. The additional pane(s) of glass make them even sturdier. Moreover, they can be filled with inert gases to prevent frost and other forms of condensation.
Low-Emissivity, or Low-E, coatings are another way to add protection from the elements of your home. This energy efficient coating will help keep your home cool in the summer and cozy in the winter. In addition, it protects your home against harmful UV rays of the sun.
Other Things To Keep in Mind for Window Replacement Cost
Do not forget that such things as custom design options (decorative glass, multi point lock systems, window grills, and such) will increase window replacement cost. But, these do add to both curb appeal and market value.
The time of year that you have your windows installed may play a role in the cost to replace windows as well. Most people choose to have their windows replaced in the spring. This is the busiest time of year for windows companies and can drive up the cost. It might pay to have your windows installed in the fall or winter.
The type of installation is also a factor. It will cost more to have the entire unit (frame and window glass) replaced than the window unit only. However, replacing the entirety of the unit will ensure that your windows last that much longer.
Check with your local windows company to see if they offer any type of financing. Also, make sure that they are fully licensed, certified, and insured. Besides, it is imperative to ensure that they have an extended or lifetime warranty for their doors and windows. All of these factors can save you money over time.
Call Optima Windows when you are ready for new windows. We will work closely with you to determine the cost of window replacement as well as choose the best windows for your home.