Replacing windows adds value to your home and can add energy efficient savings to utility bills over time. Replacing a window is also sometimes necessary after a storm or accident causes windows to break or need repair. Overall, the cost of replacing your current windows with new windows is worth the total installation cost. Homeowners usually recoup 70% to 80% of money spent on your home’s total market value.
If you were to replace 10 windows in your home with new double hung energy efficient windows and spent $5,000 on materials and labor, you could expect to increase your home’s value by $3,500 to $4,000.
Whether you’re replacing a broken window or upgrading your home windows for increased resale value, it’s important to know what to expect during the window replacement project as far as permits, choosing a window, hiring the best window installer for the job, and preparing your home to have windows replaced.
Do I Need a Window Permit?
When you are thinking of replacing windows, like most home modification projects you’ll need to see if it requires a permit to complete. Check with your local building department to find out if a window permit is needed for new window installation or replacing a window in your area. This is usually the case if the current window opening will be modified to accommodate a different size or different types of windows. A window permit may also be required if you live in a state considered to be in the hurricane zone located along the East Coast and Gulf Coast where impact-resistant windows are mandatory when replacing a home window.
Choosing Windows for Replacing
Many homeowners will often replace old windows with the same type of window they already have installed; however, there are many options for replacement windows that you may want to consider for aesthetic and beautification purposes. A beautiful new bay window can bring light into a kitchen and make a cozy nook in what was once a flat unusable wall. However if basic window replacement options are needed, most homeowners will install affordable and durable standard window types such as the double hung window or a swing out casement window. You will also have options to upgrade to energy efficient windows, different window frame types, and other new window options you can discuss with your window replacement contractor.
How Much Does Replacing Windows Cost?
If you are wanting to start your home window replacement project, you’ll definitely want to take replacement window costs into consideration before starting as it can add up fast.
Replacing windows can cost anywhere from a cheap window replacement around $150 all the way up to $850 per window. The bigger the window, the more features, and the higher end window brands, will all cost more for the window and installation costs. It will of course vary by location and your particular project. Use our window cost calculator below to get a price estimate in your area and talk to reliable local contractors.
You should ask your local window installers if any of the top window brands like Pella or Andersen are running promotions on replacement windows in your area or if your contractor would be willing to offer a discount for replacing multiple windows at once.
Scheduling a Window Installation
The number of windows being replaced will determine the number of days the project will take. On average, expect between a two to three-day timeframe to start and complete the installation project. This is contingent on everything running smoothly and no additional repairs needed or inclement weather interfering with the window replacement schedule. There are quite a few things you’ll want to consider before scheduling your installation date. You will want to make sure you have free time for your home to be updated during that time frame and that it doesn’t interfere with any upcoming plans should the installation run over schedule. Your contractor should be able to give you a pretty accurate estimate of the amount of time it takes to install the particular windows you’ve chosen in your home.
Finding a Reliable Window Contractor
If you are looking into replacing windows near you and you’d like to find the most reliable contractors in your area, Modernize can help you in a few easy steps. We connect homeowners to the top window installers near your location.
We provide free reviews from other homeowners in your neighborhood who have used the same contractors, Google ratings, Better Business Bureau ratings, and more. This way you can quickly see if the window installer you are interested in hiring is right for your home improvement project.
We also provide full length profiles for each contractor to easily see details that you should be checking on each contractor you consider. We provide the years they’ve been in business, if they except emergency repair requests, the other window installation or home services they provide, any local promotions running you could take advantage of, their hours of operation, and also if they are:
- Offer Window Financing
- & Forms of Payment Accepted
See a list of potential window contractors in your area below. The contractors may serve multiple areas and home services so if a different city is listed or home service – no worries – we will always connect you to contractors who provide window installation services based on your location and zip code.
Replacement Window Contractors Near You
Here is a list of some of the top local replacement window contractors near you, use the zip bar below to get even more local results based off exact location.
Use our replacement window contractor hiring guide checklist to make sure you are getting the best window installer for your home.
Preparing for Replacing Windows
To help prepare your home for your window replacement, consider doing the following before your window contractor plans to show up for window installation:
- Remove shades, blinds, and window treatments. All plants, or decorations, on window ledges and sills should also be moved to not interfere with the project.
- Clear a pathway to each window both indoors and outdoors. Remove any obstacles such as flowerpots, patio chairs, barbecue grills and toys located outside. If hedges or vines are covering the windows, trim them back so the installer can access the window easily. Inside, move tables, lamps, throw rugs, breakable items and wall hanging art and pictures. You don’t want anything in the way that could slow down the crew or cause them to trip.
- Turn off any security features you have on your windows. You don’t want to sound a false alarm during the replacement window project.
- Make room for the crew’s equipment so they can reach it quickly and easily. Since there could be cutting, caulking and painting involved with the project, lay drop cloths over the floor and furnishings for protection. Some window installers bring their own drop cloths and padding, so check with them before they arrive.
- Decide and communicate with the window replacement contractor which doors will be used to gain access to your home and what procedures you feel most comfortable with for home access.
- For safety purposes, if you have pets, put them in a safe and secure location and keep children away from the work area when replacing windows.
Being prepared for you window replacement beforehand is one of the best ways to make sure your new windows are installed in a seamless and efficient manner.
During Your Window Replacement
When your windows are delivered, triple check to ensure the new home windows are the correct window brands and specs that you ordered from your contractor or purchased before hand at a window supply store such as Lowes or Home Depot. Take note if you see any broken glass panes or damage to frames when they arrive. You will want to bring any errors or accidents to the attention of your contractor as soon as possible in order to not delay the process of replacing your home windows.
When your contractor and team arrive, they should prep the project area with protective coverings. If they did not and you have concerns about potential damage to surrounding areas inside or out, ask your contractor to get the protective measures before starting.
Your home’s old windows will be carefully removed, and the replacement windows will be installed. As a general rule, only one window is removed and replaced, at a time. This ensures that your home is not exposed to the elements and you’re not losing excessive heating and cooling in the mean time, especially if the project runs over time.
Old windows will be properly disposed of by your contractor. There may be window removal fees included in your original window replacement price estimates.
Unforeseen Circumstances During Installation
Be prepared for the unexpected when replacing windows. Sometimes replacing windows is more difficult than originally assumed depending on your home’s structure and how easily your old home windows can be removed. Nothing may arise, but until a window is removed, the contractor won’t know if there are underlying issues that need attention. This can mean an increase in the initial cost of the window replacement project or a longer project time.
Should weather become an issue, this can also prolong the project. Find out your window installer’s weather policy. While they may be fine working in the rain or snow, you may not want the interior of your home to get muddy or wet due to exposed openings. Decide together what are acceptable weather conditions for your window replacement project.
After the Window Replacement is Complete
After your old windows have been replaced with your beautiful new home windows, perform a walkthrough with your contractor. Here are a few things to take note of before you consider the window replacement job is completed.
- Check for visible gaps between the window frames and the sill or the wall. Windows should be measured precisely and should sit flush again the wall with no gaps. Gaps can lead to drafty homes that lose energy and the money you spent on having energy efficient window glass will be all for nothing.
- Depending on the type of window installed, you should be able to open and close the window easily. Check for any creaking or sticking, the sash could be installed incorrectly and you’ll want to be aware of that before hand.
Lastly, review any window warranty questions you may have with your contractor. Save this information, and your window labels, in a safe location in case a window repair issue arises in the future.
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