When it comes to replacement windows or doors for your house in Folsom, do you know he condition of your current windows? Do you know whether or not there are issues? Do you even have an idea about how much this incredible home improvement project is going to cost?
If not, then you need to be asking more questions than you may be asking at this time. We have compiled 5 key questions that you should ask of yourself before you set out to select the ideal replacement windows or doors for your home.
1. How much should I expect to pay for EACH window in my home?
The reality is that a vast majority of homeowners do not have an accurate assessment about how much certain replacement windows will cost them. This is partly due to not having to replace windows in their home that often. The average lifespan of windows in a home is between 15 to 20 years, so that means most homeowners don’t really have any exposure to the cost of replacement windows, or doors.
While you can certainly find replacement windows for as little as about $120, you’ll tend to find these at your local super home improvement store, the national chain types. Yet these windows are the lowest quality you’ll find, will offer little benefit for energy efficiency, and won’t help to improve the value of your home at all.
You should expect to pay between $250 to $700 per window, on average. If you are interested in triple glazed windows or having them sealed and filled with krypton gas, then you’re likely going to be paying even more.
2. What condition are the window frames in my home?
The condition of your window frames could have a significant impact on the cost to replace the windows. It the frames have been exposed to moisture (which is common with older homes or homes in which the windows were not installed properly), then they could have rotting or mold issues.
Frames can also endure a lot of abuse through the years from people who don’t know what they’re doing when installing windows. Window frames are wood, so they will be subject to warping and other related problems that can build over time. If they are exposed to moisture and then direct sunlight, the warping could become more of an issue over time. If you notice that there are issues like this with your home’s window frames, then you will need to add on some money in your budget to repair these issues. Experts estimate that rebuilding or repairing window frames can add up to 50 to 100 percent more to the cost of replacing your windows. This also holds true for replacement doors. That could add up to $500 to $1,400 per window.
3. How much could I save with more energy efficient windows?
The more energy efficient that a window is, the more it is likely to cost. Yet the more that you invest in energy efficiency for your windows, the more you’re going to save on your monthly utility bills over time.
Triple glazed double hung windows that are sealed with krypton gas will save the average homeowner about 80 percent on their energy bills compared to a single pane window. It could save about 40 percent over double glazed windows that are simply vacuum sealed, and not sealed with a gas.
Depending on how much you spend on your heating and cooling expenses throughout the year, this could add up quickly over time. The windows and doors tend to account for about 40 percent of the energy lost from your home. The rest is lost through the ceiling, from the furnace, and through duct work if you rely on forced air. You will need to balance what you believe you could save on your utility bills in Folsom with the increased expense for more energy efficient windows.
4. Am I happy with the style of my current windows? If not, what rooms could benefit from something completely different?
The most important aspect that you should consider when it comes to replacement windows and doors is that this is a great opportunity for you to completely transform certain rooms in your home. You don’t get these opportunities all that often, so take the time to look around, see what type of windows are available right now, and how they could alter the appearance of certain rooms. Would a bay or bow window be more comfortable, open, and inviting for your living room? What about the entertainment room or porch? Could different style windows make your bedroom more comfortable?
There are many different options to choose from with regard to replacement windows that you owe it to yourself, your home, and your family to take some time to imagine what different windows might look like in your home and what they could potentially do to improve your entire home.
5. Do I expect to sell my house in the next five years?
If you are thinking about potentially selling your home in the next year, or even within the next five years, the windows can actually make a significant difference not only in the resale value, but also in the curb appeal. Home buyers today are looking for more open, airy homes. That means more windows, and larger ones, too.
If you are considering selling your home in the next few years, then it will pay to boost your investment in replacement windows and doors. This will appeal to a wider range of prospective buyers and that could help you sell the home faster and get the best value from the sale.
When you ask yourself these five questions during your search for replacement windows and doors, you’ll discover that there is a lot of opportunity with this home improvement project, which means when you make the right investment, you’ll enjoy a return on it for years to come.