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 Two of our series, we’re looking at how form and function impacts the cost of windows. Each type has its own benefits and costs that could impact your choice.
You will know it’s time to begin the search for replacement windows if and when your home’s outdated windows no longer seal properly, thus losing valuable conditioned air and causing your home energy costs to rise. At SC Home, we encourage you to replace your old windows with a newer design to increase the value of your home while investing in its future. To find the window style that best fits your home, you must not only consider how window costs are affected by the appearance and materials you choose, but also how the window is constructed and how it will function.
Double Paned Windows
Boost your window’s insulating potential, and lower your environmental footprint, with double paned windows. The extra sheet of glass of double-paned windows helps keep conditioned air where it belongs, reducing energy usage by up to 25% per year and saving you money. The added insulation also serves as a noise barrier to increase privacy and comfort.
In addition to the extra insulation, double paned windows that have been treated with an invisible UV coating help block harsh UV rays that can damage the interior of your home.
Quality double-paned windows average about $500-$600 depending on many factors including composition and durability, though it is important to note that the window’s energy efficiency will increase with the price.
Casement, or side-hinged windows, are the second most energy efficient window on the market because of their ability to seal tightly against the frame upon closing. The window panes sit on hinges which open outward at the turn of a crank, making them a favorite for placement above sinks and appliances due to their ease of operation.
Because they are very heavy, however, casement windows are not recommended for large window openings.
Including instillation, the average cost of casement windows should be between $650 and $1,000.
Sliding windows are a popular choice for Arkansas replacement windows because of their affordability and easy maintenance. They function by sliding on a track enclosed in the window frame and can be kept running smoothly with regular cleaning and oiling along the track, which makes them a perfect long-term investment.
If treated by glazing, the energy efficiency of sliding windows improves while their ability to be fitted with screens can improve indoor air quality without letting in unwanted pests.
Expect to pay between $600 and $850 for quality sliding windows.
Double-hung windows are a great addition to any home because of their functionality and ease of use. They slide up and down to open and are compatible with window air conditioning units, unlike other window styles.
Newer double-hung windows also have a tilt-out feature making cleaning both sides of the glass much easier. The average cost of double-hung windows is between $400 and $575, depending on the size.
Replacement windows are an extremely worthwhile investment that can greatly improve the comfort, style, and value of your home. Make sure your window purchases are the best for your home by deciding on the most functional and attractive style that fits your budget.
If you missed Part One of our window style series, read our guide to material types for Arkansas replacement windows. Contact SC Home – Roofing, Windows & Siding if you have questions about replacing your windows or call (501) 588-0842. Request a free quote for an estimate on your home window project today!