Costs, considerations and ideas for replacing your home windows – Wichita Business Journal – The Business Journals

There are many features you can upgrade or replace to increase how much your home is worth, but did you know replacing your windows is a significant way to increase the overall value of the property?
You may have heard the expression that windows are the eyes of the house, and that is true in many ways. The windows allow a house’s inhabitants to see the beautiful world outside, and they also reveal much about the house itself. Windows let in fresh air in pleasant weather, keep out heat and cold during our hot Kansas summers and frigid Midwestern winters, and new windows can dramatically change the look of your home.
Let’s discuss what you need to know about replacing windows, costs and other considerations, and how Pella Windows and Doors of Kansas can help when you’re ready to get started.
Factors that affect replacement windows
The total project cost of replacing your windows depends primarily on the type of windows you choose, who does the installation, and the age and condition of your home and existing window openings.
Window frame material
The type of material you choose for your window frames not only affects the appearance of your window, but also its performance. Fiberglass, wood, and vinyl windows provide you with different benefits at varying price points.
Wood windows are low-maintenance and offer many options to enhance both the interior and exterior of your home. Wood windows cost more than vinyl windows, but numerous stain and paint options make them highly customizable.
If your budget is modest but you don’t want to sacrifice quality, you can opt for vinyl windows. Vinyl windows have minimal upkeep and maintenance because they do not require sealing or painting, and they’re made ready to install.
Fiberglass windows are especially durable and solidly withstand the harshest extremes of cold and hot weather. With a heavy-duty powder-coat finish – you can choose from many shades – Pella’s fiberglass windows resist chipping and fading.
Installation costs
It may be tempting to try to replace your own windows to save money, but that may not be a good idea for most DIYers. If you’re determined to do your own install, it’s helpful to at least reach out to a professional first. Pella Windows and Doors of Kansas branches offer a free consultation you should consider taking advantage of.
Our window replacement professional can evaluate your replacement options and advise you on what type of work is needed to install the windows properly. Keep in mind that a good window needs an equally good installation. If you decide the project might exceed your experience and skill level, we’ll carry the project all the way through an expert installation.
Quantity and size
Those gorgeous large picture windows or window groupings let in an abundance of light, and custom-shape windows add a lot of personality to a home, but these kinds of windows typically come with a higher cost. If you are on a tight budget, you can still get beautiful windows that let in the sunlight with standard options.
If you need to replace many windows in your home, you may consider spreading out your project – and dispersing the cost – over time and prioritizing damaged or the most performance-impaired windows first, instead of undertaking a whole-house replacement all at once.
Pella offers financing, so if you qualify, completing your window replacement as one big project may be possible and you may even be able to take advantage of a current special offer.
Options and features
Other features to think about include upgrades like between-the-glass shades or blinds, or special glass for better insulation and noise reduction. Partner with a reputable window specialist, like Pella, to help provide you with the options and features that work best for your budget and style.
House age
The age of your home can be a major cost factor for your window replacement project. Homes that were built pre-1960s, before pressure-treated wood was introduced, are likely to present challenges such as rotting or damaged trim.
Houses built many decades ago were also not subject to the building codes of today. If your home was built in the early 1900s or before, the window openings may be non-standard sizes. This would require your window replacement specialist to create a custom window to match the home.
Also, you most likely won’t want to choose highly contemporary window frames for homes with certain historic styles. Not only would this not enhance the home’s architecture, but it could also cause structural damage.
Replacement windows are more than just an aesthetic upgrade to your home; they also come with a wide range of benefits. Newer windows allow you to reduce outside noise and keep everyone in your home cool in the Kansas summers and warm throughout the winter.
Contact us now if you are ready to explore the options and costs for window replacement. The experts at your branch of Pella Windows and Doors of Kansas will provide you with everything you need to ensure your project’s success.
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