If your windows have begun to deteriorate or are letting in the cold winter air, you may start thinking about the cost of replacement windows. Leaky, foggy, or unappealing windows can go from a minor inconvenience to a major problem in a matter of no time. You’ll find yourself avoiding rooms, buying multiple space heaters, or running your heat 24/7. While these provide temporary solutions, you’ll eventually need to replace your old windows.
It can be tempting to go with the windows that have a cheaper price tag when shopping around. The saying “you get what you pay for” is true in many cases, especially for replacement windows. When windows are cheap, it’s because they are made of low-quality materials and can come with some unexpected costs. Along with the initial price tag, you’ll want to consider the ongoing costs of owning and using your replacement windows. Your windows are a fundamental part of your home’s comfort, and many people don’t realize this until their windows start depreciating.
Replacement Windows Price vs. Cost
While the price tag tells you how much you will pay upfront, it doesn’t tell you how much it will cost long term. You have to think about the initial price along with the long-term cost. For example, think of buying a car. If you want to buy a nice luxury car at a discount, the initial price will be lower, but the lifetime cost will be higher. The vehicle will have more miles on it, the tires will be worn down, and you’ll most likely make some unforeseen trips to the mechanic. At the end of the car’s lifetime, you will have put so much money into maintenance that you end up paying more than if you had bought a newer car!
This same theory applies to replacement windows. When determining the cost of replacement windows, you want to consider the long-term cost as well. When purchasing quality windows from a reputable dealer, you won’t have to worry about maintenance. Cheap windows will not only require more maintenance, but you may have to replace them again in the future. In most cases, cheaper products can be quite expensive! Quality windows come at a bit of a higher price initially, but they also come with peace of mind. They’ll last longer, require less maintenance, insulate your home better, improve energy efficiency, increase home security, and come with an incredible warranty!
Replacement Windows Warranty
Warranty is something you don’t think about until you need it. When a window replacement company honors its warranty, it can save you a lot of money! Ideally, you’ll never need to use it, but we understand that life can be unpredictable, and accidental damages can happen. If you go with the cheaper options, they most likely won’t have a great (or any) warranty. When you purchase quality windows, you’re not only paying for the windows, but for a guarantee that you won’t have to worry about them down the road.
Always be cautious of newer companies making “too good to be true” promises if they’ve only been in business a year or two. Running a business can be challenging, and if they end up closing down, you’re left on your own! Remember, quality replacement windows like Apex Xtreme vinyl windows by Anlin Windows & Doors will last you a lifetime, so you want to find a dealer that won’t close down in the next 5-10 years. Apex Xtreme windows offers an incredible double lifetime warranty that covers parts, labor, and glass replacement for both homeowners and the next subsequent owner!
Along with the warranty and lifetime value, there are some other considerations to make when determining the cost of replacement windows. There is no one-size-fits-all for replacement windows, so here are some common details that will affect the overall price of the project:
- Number of windows
- Size of windows
- Glass options
- Style of the window
- Safety & security options
It’s difficult to give you an exact (or even ballpark) number without understanding your home and personal preferences. That’s why we offer free in-home estimates! We factor everything in and come up with an accurate price. Don’t worry; we’re not going to sit there and try to sell you something you don’t need! At California Energy Contractors, we deliver peace of mind to customers. To learn more about window replacements or set up your estimate, give us a call at (800) 574-3006 or contact us on our website. We’re more than happy to help!