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How Much Does It Cost to Replace Windows? 4 Factors to Consider

By September 7, 2021 No Comments

How Much Does It Cost to Replace Windows? 4 Factors to Consider. It’s not uncommon for Matlock Windows sales representatives to hear questions like “How much does it cost to replace windows in my Hattiesburg home?” or “What are my options?” from customers looking into different types of window replacements.  

With windows replacement, there are more than a few factors to consider before you can determine the approximate cost of replacement. Each home is different, and every window is unique; therefore, there is no one-size-fits-all price tag for replacing windows. Factors such as window type, shape, or whether it is a custom job all contribute to the costs associated with window replacement.

How Much Does It Cost to Replace Windows? 4 Factors to Consider

Reasons to replace your windows

You might want to replace your old windows because they haven’t been keeping the cold drafts out of your home. Sure, it’s great during the summer when you have them open all the time, letting fresh air in and out, but come winter, that probably isn’t going to be of much comfort. You might also be tired of having to spend more money than you ever imagined on energy bills because they are so high every month – and it’s only getting higher. 

If this sounds like something you have experienced with your own home, then there is one thing that can help with both of these issues – new windows.

There are many reasons why you might want to replace your old windows, here are some of them: 

  • Security: Your windows are one of your home’s first line of defense against intruders. But older, drafty windows leave gaps that can be used to enter your home. Even more frightening is that old windows don’t provide adequate protection for your family during violent storms or break-ins. New, modern windows have many design features—such as double strength glass and recessed steel locks—that can improve your home’s safety and give homeowners peace of mind.
  • Energy efficiency: Wasted energy in your home is like throwing away your hard-earned money.  It doesn’t have to be that way. You can start saving on your energy bills with energy-efficient windows designed to keep the cold out and the heat in, which means you’ll spend less money on fuel costs than you did before. EnergyStar.gov reports that the average homeowner who installed energy-efficient windows in Washington, D.C. saved nearly $270 annually on heating and cooling costs – and some homeowners saved even more.
  • Adding value: If you are planning to sell your home in the next few years, upgrading your windows can be a prime selling point for prospective buyers. Homeowners get 70-74 percent of their replacement window investment back when they resell the house, according to this year’s “Cost vs. Value” report from Remodeling magazine.
  • Increasing curb appeal: Ugly, outdated windows on your home are not only an eyesore but can affect curb appeal and even devalue the property.  Window replacement and installation from a trustworthy provider will give you the chance to update your home’s look and feel without breaking the bank.

4 factors to keep in mind when estimating costs

Replacing windows can be expensive. From finding the right replacement windows to getting the job done, it seems like there’s no end to the money you will have to shell out. Also, if you don’t know what to look for in a replacement window, then you may not get the best deal possible.

A little research goes a long way here – so we did most of it for you! Here are four important things to consider when figuring out how much replacing your windows would cost:

1. Frame

When it comes to window frame materials, the most common type of material is wood. Wood has always been used in making windows because of its durability and functionality. Consistent with this, wood remains a popular choice for building window frames—and will likely continue to do so if it is available. 

The problem with wooden window frames is that they splinter, rot, and break extremely easily. They wear down to a point where they’re no longer structurally sound and then need to be replaced.  That’s where wood grain interior windows come in. Wood grain interior windows are designed to look just like traditional wood windows without sacrificing durability or functionality. They provide the visual appeal of wood with superior strength, sound control and thermal performance that lasts over time. 

Aside from that, today’s homeowners also have vinyl, composite, or combination materials from which to choose.

2. Glass

Getting woken up early in the morning by loud noise is a terrible way to start your day. It is even worse if it happens on a regular basis!

Double and triple pane windows are the solution. These windows provide a layer of insulation between two or more panes of glass. They work to keep energy expenses down and offer great soundproofing.

But for true energy savings and security, homeowners are turning to heat mirror technology. The Quantum 2 series vinyl replacement windows offered by Matlock Windows utilize special lightweight films inserted in between glass panes. 

The films are coated with tiny metal particles to create a mirrored finish. These “super-insulating” chambers combine with inert gases to form a powerful glass insulating system that reflects heat and greatly reduces sound. They’re also difficult to break, improving the security of your home. 

There is no doubt that the investment for heat mirror technology is more costly than traditional replacement windows. However, homeowners often recoup the initial investment in lower energy bills. All Matlock Windows customers also get a no-nonsense lifetime warranty on labor and materials.

3. Design

Windows come in all shapes and sizes, but the most popular window designs are: 

  • Double hung: Consist of two sashes that move up and down, allowing for half of the window to be open at a time.
  • Casement: Hinged vertically to open and close like a door. They are often operated with a crank or handle.
  • Awning: Like casement windows but are hinged horizontally. When opened, they resemble the shape of an awning.
  • Slider: As the name suggests, these windows slide to open. Sliding windows move on top and bottom tracks. They open on one half and have a vertical meeting rail.

To avoid paying more than necessary, it’s important to know which size and shape of replacement windows work best for your specific needs. Resizing a window opening to accommodate a new smaller or larger window will lead to higher labor costs.

4. Installation

Everyone knows ugly windows are unsightly. But most people don’t realize that improperly installed windows can be a threat to safety and security within your home.

A poorly installed window won’t function correctly and will not provide proper protection against inclement weather or unwanted intruders. And while a new window may seem like “just another home improvement project,” the wrong choice in product or installation can have costly consequences both now and in the future.

We recommend you consider having an experienced professional install your new windows – someone who knows how to choose the right type of window for your needs, how to install it properly, as well as what impact it will have on. 

How much does it cost to replace windows? Request an estimate today to find out.

 Choosing the right windows is not an easy task. With all the choices available, it’s hard to know where to start. And, if you are like most people, you don’t have time to research products. What if we could make it easier for you? Would that be valuable?

Save time and money by letting Matlock Windows help with your window replacement project. No matter your budget or style preferences, Matlock Windows will help you find the perfect windows for your home. Our trained specialists can guide you through our selection of high-quality products – including vinyl windows, fiberglass windows and more. 

Contact Matlock Windows at (601) 299-4048 or visit us online. Set up a free assessment to outfit your home with brand new, energy-efficient windows.

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