Just because a replacement window costs less doesn’t mean you’re getting a good deal. Features such as durability and energy efficiency can also contribute to the best window replacement window deal you can get. Replacement window and roofing contractors Silver Leaf Contracting shares tips on getting the best deal on replacement windows.
Avoid Features That You Don’t Need
Every window has its basic set of features: insulated frames and glass, low-maintenance finish and quality hardware among them. Perhaps a different interior color or finish to match existing interior decor. Beyond these basic features, you have to stop and consider if you really need them. Minor additions such as decorative glass or custom grilles may improve the new windows aesthetically, but it will also increase the cost of your new windows. During consultations with your replacement window contractor, make sure you choose the essential features first, ask for an estimate then consider if you want to add more features before you commit.
Stick to Standard Window Styles
Just like how roofers offer standard roofing styles, replacement window contractors offer standard window styles. On paper, styles such as double hung and casement windows may sound too typical, but they’re actually adaptable to any home design with the right combination of hardware, color and finish. Some replacement window contractors offer custom window shapes. You should consider that bespoke windows require more labor to build, which can drive the price up. Standard window styles also take less labor to install, which can help keep installation costs down.
Check Energy Performance Labels
Energy performance labels display a window’s energy ratings. Replacement windows are rated in three categories: insulation (U-Factor), natural lighting (Visible Transmittance) and heat gain from sunlight (Solar Heat Gain Coefficient, or SHGC). These ratings help you choose replacement windows that will suit your house’s needs, which may vary depending on certain factors. For example, west and south-facing windows may need windows with low SHGC values to reduce the heat that gets through those areas. Getting the right replacement windows can help you save on your long-term energy costs.