Installing New Windows? What To Consider Before Making A Purchase


Did you know that when windows are of high quality, adequately installed, and maintained, they can last 20 years or more, depending on the materials used? Every new building, whether residential or commercial, requires windows that are well fitted and of high quality.

Older buildings may also need replacement windows if worn out or need remodeling. If you have windows that are older than 15 years, you could be dealing with draftiness, and sooner or later you will need window replacement.

To install windows or replace existing ones, start by identifying window companies near you. Discuss with them your requirements and see if they have the type of replacement windows you want and their prices. The next step will be finding qualified window installers near you.

Replacing or installing windows is not cheap, with the average cost of replacing one window being between $300 and $700, and some high-end windows costing between $800 and $1,200.

Factors To Consider When Deciding On The Windows To Install

If you decide to replace existing windows or want to install windows for your upcoming construction, there are several factors that you should consider: frame, glass, and installation.

  1. Frame: Frames are made from various materials. Each type of material has its pros and cons. Some of them are:
    • Vinyl. Vinyl is less expensive than other materials. When properly installed and constructed, vinyl windows are a practical choice for your budget and still offer excellent energy saving measures when paired with insulated glass and tight construction to reduce air leakage.
    • Wood. Windows made out of wooden frames provide the best insulation but require more maintenance when compared to other types. Because of their high potential to rot, they are not suitable for humid areas. They last longer if they are built and installed well and are practical as energy-saving windows.
    • Aluminum. They are ideal in rainy and humid climates but poor in terms of energy consumption. They are durable and suitable for hurricane-prone areas. Aluminum windows can be for residential or commercial windows.
    • Wood-Clad. These frames offer the best in all areas. They are made of Aluminum or Vinyl exterior and wooden interior. However, if not installed well, they are prone to moisture intrusion. They must be installed with waterproof rubber around the cladding and the sill pan to prevent water from seeping into the frame. Most people prefer these as replacement windows because of their versatility and long life.
    • Composite. They are made from plastic resins and scrap wood shavings and have the advantage of being maintenance free. Composite frames are eco-friendly, made from recycled plastics. They are affordable and ideal for residential windows.
    • Fiberglass. They are made from a mixture of polyester resins and glass fibers. They are more expensive than windows made from other materials but have various advantages. They are efficient in energy saving, are the most durable and most robust windows in the market, and can be repainted to your favorite color. Commercial window companies highly recommend fiberglass as replacement windows in commercial buildings that require enhanced security.
  2. Glass: Apart from the frames, the inside a frame equally matters. You need to consider the ability of the glass to resist heat loss if the glass is UV protected, if you want a double or single pane glass, among other factors. Based on your budget and requirements, a window company should be able to advise on the best glass to put in the frame.
  3. Installation: You can buy the most expensive window, but without proper installation, it will not perform adequately. Ensure the contractor you get to install windows is highly qualified and conversant with the type of windows you want installed. Some manufacturing companies have in-house installers or contractors they can recommend. Talk to them to avoid getting a shoddy job done for you.

Considering the cost implications of buying, replacing, or installing new windows, one must be careful to get value for their investment. It is also essential to understand the climatic conditions in your area before you decide on the type of window frame to purchase.