Have you ever heard the saying, “They don’t build ‘em like they used to”? Most people are fond of this saying and can agree that most things, like furniture pieces built as early as 10 to 15 years ago come with the sort of built in quality, authenticity, and vintage charm you can’t easily find nowadays. The same is true for older homes, they have certain benefits that new homes just can’t compete with such as, architectural details, character, a solid foundations, and a price that will likely fit the budget initially.
First time home buyers often find themselves gravitating towards older homes for these reasons however, older homes do pose new challenges for homeowners that haven’t yet planned or anticipated for the true cost of the home after necessary renovations to keep the home looking modern and functioning like a brand new home.
One of the first and most important renovation jobs that a homeowner can take on in an older home is replacement windows as it is vital for comfort, security, and to control energy costs. Making the decision to move forward with replacement windows is the easy part bearing all the benefits, including the fact that it instantly boosts the overall aesthetic of the home and can increase its value. Knowing which windows to choose or where to start looking is often the part that gets new homeowners full of questions.
How much does it cost for replacement windows?
The cost really does vary depending on a few factors however, replacing a standard-size, double-hung, double-pane (energy efficient), vinyl window, expect to pay between $300 and $700, including installation. This assumes that the replacement window is going into an existing and structurally sound frame on a ground floor. Replacing windows in a typical three-bedroom, single-story home with ten windows can cost from $3,000 to $7,000.
Do new windows actually save you money?
In the long-term, new energy-efficient windows can certainly help you save money on your energy bill. Windows provide our homes with light, warmth, and ventilation, but they can also negatively impact a home’s energy efficiency by letting warm air escape in the winter and vice versa during warmer months. You can reduce energy costs by installing energy-efficient windows in your home.
What challenges come with replacement windows on older homes?
The age of your home often has more to do with whether you need to replace your windows, than the condition of your existing windows. Your window may appear to be functioning but your energy bill shows otherwise. This is because the wall structure often suffers more from a broken seal than the actual window unit. While the window itself may not show signs of damage, the studs and headers surrounding it may very well be worn out by rot and moisture. A big problem for window installers and homeowners is that this damage may not be detected for many years until the existing window is removed and the renovations is already underway. These projects require the extra care and expertise of professional window installers.
For more information on replacement window professionals in Markham and the surrounding areas, contact Thermo-Bilt Windows and Doors to get a free quote for your home today.