The average life expectancy of your window can be anywhere from 10 to 40 years. This, of course, is dependent on proper use and maintenance and does not include those unforeseen damages that can be incurred through accidents or misuse. However, the windows on your old house have just about exceeded that time and you need to have them replaced. Considering that you might need a budget of between $3,000 and $40,000 for a full house replacement of your windows, depending on the structural condition of the frames and sashes, you need to be extremely careful about the decisions that you make while having this done.
So, here are a few ways NOT to go about choosing your replacement windows for your consideration.
Consider only the cost
The initial cost for the replacement of your window is a big factor. However, it should NOT be the most important consideration when you are thinking about your overall expenses. In fact, the savings you could gain from the use of the window over the next 2 or so decades is just as important as or even more so than the initial cost of replacement. Replacing your current, inefficient window with a double-pane one can lead to a possible 15 percent savings on your energy bill. In addition to this, you could also see at least 80 percent return-on-investment should you decide to sell your house.
Other savings, such as those gained by reduced maintenance, painting, and cleaning costs from installing such features as vinyl window frames or tilt-in window sashes could help you to recoup your initial costs in about 4.5 years or less.
More of the same
With the choices available in windows, it might be a shame to simply replace the existing windows with the exact thing that might have been feasible 10 to 40 years ago. In fact, you can do more and better than that. The window that is chosen can now more readily fit the changing needs of the family and the changing uses and decor of each specific room. Options such as bubbling and frosting can be incorporated into the design to increase both the aesthetic look of the house as well as the comfort of your family.
Satisfaction in your window choices can also come as a result of choosing the features such as glazing that can help to reduce the possibility of hot spots, drafts, glares or poor visibility. Those choices can certainly go a long way in helping your family to join those who report experiencing a satisfaction rating of more than 9 out of 10 points, on their window replacements. Contact a glass company like Jesse's Tri-City Glass & Mirror Inc for more information.