Do your windows need an upgrade, or is it time to replace your patio doors? You might start thinking about the upfront cost of purchasing new windows, but there is more to choosing windows and doors than just the price tag. When making any large home improvement purchase, including windows and doors, you should consider installation, aesthetics, lasting quality, and weather resistance.
Replacement Window Prices
Stay away from ‘get it in and get it done’ and ‘the faster, the better.’
It may seem at first sight that the most cost-effective solution is to run to the local box store, select the windows you like, and install them yourself. You might even have fun spending a weekend working on your house and saving some money upfront. However, if you are not a professional window installer, you are sure to run into issues in the installation, and an exciting DIY project can turn into a renovation nightmare.
Please consider these potential scenarios before attempting to install your new windows or patio doors yourself.
- If the windows are not custom-made for your window openings, they might not quite fit. What would you do?
- What if you remove your old windows and find mold?
- Do you know how to repair the trim or siding if you damage it during the installation?
- Are you positive that you can manage to weatherproof your window casing properly?
Some homeowners decide to hire help on Craigslist or Facebook Marketplace. Still, that decision also backfires in many cases because there is no guarantee that they have more skill in window replacement than you do.
Hiring an unproven or unknown contractor is a risk that can be minimized by asking the following questions:
- What is your experience installing projects similar to mine?
- Are you licensed, bonded, and insured?
- What if you damage something?
- Who is responsible for the additional project cost if something doesn’t go according to plan?
- What is the warranty?
Professionals specializing in window and door installs are always your most time-efficient and cost-effective option. They have seen all the things that could go wrong, and they know how to handle the issues. Most importantly, they are trained to detect potential snags before starting the project.
WOW! They Are Beautiful.
This is the only reaction you should hear when showcasing your new windows and patio doors. Your new windows should increase your curb appeal by complementing your house’s shape, style, and color. Knowledgeable window experts can help make sure your new windows match your current home style. They can also assist in transitioning to a new look in case of a major remodel.
Come Rain Or Shine…
The dual function of the windows is to let the outside world in and keep the weather out of the house. If you live in a cold climate, modern windows must stay frost-free in the freezing weather. In warm climates, high-performance windows help homeowners prevent heat penetration and avoid sun damage on the furniture.
It would be a mistake to save on a renovation budget and buy inexpensive windows just to have a monthly energy bill soar. Is it possible to balance both budgets? Absolutely, window and door experts from California Energy Contractors will help you find just the right window products.
Lasting Quality Makes It Cheaper In the Long Run
It is not a secret that investing in quality always pays off in the long run, but how is it applicable to reducing the initial investment? The answer is pretty straightforward.
If you received a quote that looks cheap, make sure you have a detailed breakdown of work, and it includes all the costs. It often happens that the product or installation has hidden fees. Look for any work that is not warrantied, insured, or bonded, or has the potential for less-than-quality workmanship. Each of these situations above can be much more expensive than buying the correct products and having them installed right in the first place.
In conclusion, to save money, time and avoid headaches, invest in proper replacement windows and patio doors. Wrong product or incompetent installation can be more costly and not meet your standards.
California Energy Contractors only sells and installs windows and patio doors that add aesthetic value, hold up to weather, and last beautifully in your home. Our installation teams are skillful and quick in delivering the work you would be pleased with. They are highly trained by our window and patio door manufacturer in working specifically with our products.
To summarize, cheaper is not better when it comes to replacement window prices. California Energy Contractors has been replacing windows since 1999, so you can have peace of mind knowing you’re in the BEST hands for all of your window replacement needs! Give us a call at (866) 963-0316, or click here for a free estimate!