When it’s time to replace a window or all the windows in your home, what you’ll discover is that there are a multitude of style options to consider. Style, of course, is dependent on more than just looks. In part one of our series on how style impacts the cost of windows; we’re looking at the types of materials that you can choose from. Each material type has its own benefits and costs that could impact your choice.
Windows do more than just enhance the appearance of your home: they have an important purpose in keeping you safe and comfortable, too. At SC Home, we know that the right replacement windows can upgrade the style of your home’s exterior, help you to stay warm in the winter and cool in the summer, and reduce the cost of your energy bills. There are many different options when it comes to finding the ideal window style with the right material choice for your home, and the cost that comes with each choice is something to consider.
Vinyl windows are the lead choice in window replacements because of their durability, reliability, and low-maintenance. They insulate your home by trapping air inside the frame, making them more energy-efficient. A variety of styles are available with the choice of vinyl, as they can mimic the aesthetic of materials like wood and come in a range of colors. Vinyl windows can cost anywhere between $300 and $800, depending on the size and quality.
Wood windows are on average more attractive to home buyers, adding re-sale value to a home and sometimes helping them sell faster. Wood windows run the risk of developing moisture damage from the weather, so glazing is recommended to avoid fogging. A wood window can cost anywhere from $400 for a lower quality window to a higher quality one starting at around $600, with larger, custom-designed options becoming as expensive as $1,200 each depending on the wood used.
When compared to vinyl and wood windows, aluminum has a lower cost with additional strength. While extremely durable, because they are made of metal, they gain and lose heat easily while also gathering more condensation. Aluminum windows work best in warm climates and can average anywhere from $300 to $400 each.
Fiberglass windows are a newer option in the market for Arkansas replacement windows. They are a strong option that tends to be almost maintenance free, and are more energy efficient than their vinyl counterpart. The price for fiberglass windows runs between $400 and $600.
Insulated Glass: An Additional Option
Using insulated glass with any frame material in your replacement windows offers the best thermal protection for your home with optimum energy-efficiency. Rooms with major sun exposure for the majority of the day can benefit from insulated windows, as they block ultraviolet rays, and offer solar protection so that the room is cooler in the summertime. Insulated windows start at $300, with the final price depending on size.
With so many materials to consider, it is up to you to determine the style and price point you feel best suits you and your home. Contact SC Home – Roofing, Windows & Siding to help you in replacing your home windows, and one of our professional experts can talk to you about our high-quality product options in every style. Submit a free quote request if you are ready to install new windows now. There are more style choices to consider, which we will explore in Part Two of our style guide detailing the costs of window form, function, and design.