Windows play a very important role in increasing the value of a home and keeping your living space comfortable. If you are a homeowner, you probably know that windows not only provide beauty and natural light, they can also make or break your home’s efficiency. Having old or damaged windows does a lot more harm than you might think, which is why it is so important to understand the significance of replacement windows. If you are a new homeowner, you may not be as familiar with replacement windows as those who have lived in their home for many years.
Read to learn everything you need to know about replacement windows to become confident about your next home improvement project.
What is a replacement window?
Replacement windows are made to replace old windows in a home that you have lived in for some time. After measuring window openings, replacement windows are specially designed to be installed in existing window frames, as opposed to new construction windows that are made for homes that are being newly built. Replacement windows are offered in a variety of styles, materials, and finishes that you are able to choose between to best complement your home’s unique personality.
How do I know when it’s time to replace my windows?
Even though your windows may look okay from a distance, there are many warning signs that let a homeowner know when it may be time to get replacement windows. If your windows have become hard to open and close, cause drafts in your home, have damaged or decaying frames, show an increase in condensation build up, and exhibit signs of leakage, you may want to consider replacement windows as soon as possible. Having windows that show any of these signs may end up causing interior damage to your home due to a lack of protection.
An increase in energy bills is another indication that it may be time to replace your windows. Older, drafty windows are not able to perform the way they are meant to, meaning your HVAC system is probably working overtime to compensate for the lack of protection. Investing in new windows will not only create a more comfortable living environment, but will also help you save money in the long run.
How much do replacement windows cost?
The cost of replacement windows will vary from home to home, depending on a few key factors such as size, style, material, quality, durability, and the location of your home. For starters, the Florida building code requires increased waterproofing due to the severe climate and weather changes, making the installation process more complex. Therefore, homeowners in the state will typically see higher rates for window replacement services. Installing replacement windows in Jacksonville will vary depending on the extent of work and the type of windows you choose, however the cost is usually around $250-$350 for installation labor per window. If you choose to go with standard single-hung, double pane, energy star vinyl windows, the cost will typically average around $550-$750 per window, including installation. Wood clad windows are known to be more expensive, and will cost $800-$1,100 on average per installation.
Keep in adding windows to a room where none previously existed will require greater labor, making it more difficult to provide an average price. When you are purchasing replacement windows, it’s also important to remember that the warranty that comes with your purchase is critical in protecting your financial investment, and that no window warranties are created the same.
How does the window replacement installation process work at HomeRite?
At HomeRite Windows & Doors, our mission is to provide customers with an easy, efficient, and pleasant window replacement experience. Our highly trained, professional installers work to accommodate individual schedules, and carry out the process with the care. Our scheduling staff will provide multiple installation dates to find an option that best fits your needs.
There are a few ways that homeowners can prepare to ensure the replacement window installation process runs as smoothly as possible. For starters, it is good to remove any landscaping items that may be blocking access to your windows so that our installers have easy access, as well as moving any interior furniture away from windows to avoid damage. It’s important to remember that window installation is often a messy process, and our team will do our best to keep your home as clean as possible. Most jobs are completed within a single day, but depending on the size of the job, it could extend to 2-3 days.