Money Matters: 5 Ways To Save Money On Windows
Last updated on 01/12/2022
Remodeling a home is a huge and exciting undertaking. With the rising cost of building materials, many homeowners are looking for ways to minimize expenses.
Windows are one of the most important components in a remodeling project. They also account for a large portion of the total remodeling budget.
Windows impact how well your home is insulated and your energy costs down the road. They also affect the overall aesthetic and atmosphere inside your home. It's important to get the best quality windows for your budget.
When it comes to window replacement and repairing windows, there are several things you can do to reduce your costs. Here are our top five ways to save money on windows.
1. Consider Alternative Window Types
When it comes to replacing a window or series of windows, you can minimize expenses by reconfiguring the types of windows you decide to use.
Smaller is not necessarily cheaper when dealing with windows. If you have a series of multiple windows, consider replacing them with a single, large window. One large picture window will cost less than multiple small windows.
If you have a row of windows, you might consider enlarging each window. That way you can reduce the number of windows and still get the same amount of natural light in your home.
Do you need all of your windows to open? Fixed windows are less expensive than operable windows. Every room needs ventilation, but not all windows in your home need to open to achieve adequate airflow.
If you can get away with it, consider incorporating a mix of operable and fixed windows to reduce costs. If you do require operable windows, a horizontal sliding window is less expensive.
Another idea is to limit the number of windows that require tempered glass. Tempered glass costs more than annealed glass.
Building codes require tempered glass for all windows that are located within two feet of a door.
Tempered glass is also necessary for windows that are over nine square feet. Finally, if the bottom of a window is within 18 inches of a finished floor it needs to be tempered.
2. Evaluate Your Insulation Requirements
The standard type of insulation for windows is double glazing. But triple glazed windows have become popular among proponents of energy efficiency.
The general expectation is that triple glazing provides better insulation and airtight insulation. However, in many cases, double-glazed windows are entirely sufficient. Double glazing has improved in recent years as well.
If your home is relatively new and has other effective insulative properties, it may not be worth the added cost of triple glazing. So, consider whether triple glazing will offer you necessary or excessive insulation.
3. Buying Windows in Bulk
Windows, like most materials, are less expensive when purchased in larger quantities. If your plan is to do your window replacement gradually, you may want to consider buying all of your windows in one fell swoop.
Another thing to consider is that prices increase over time. Waiting to buy windows for each stage of your project will likely result in higher costs.
Keep in mind that material costs tend to go up every year. In addition, the majority of manufacturers also implement annual price increases.
4. Stick With Standards
When replacing a window, there are certain design choices that are considered standard. Standards apply to everything from window size to color to the style of the opening mechanisms.
Standard size windows are less expensive than custom windows because they are easier to produce. When you order custom windows, the manufacturer needs to adjust their machinery for every individual window.
There is no need to adjust between cutting standard windows because they are all the same size.
As much as possible, try to use standard windows for your window replacements where you can. You may find that your house has settled in such a way that many of your windows require custom sizes.
If a window opening is close to a standard size, you can usually make a standard window fit using shims.
The majority of window manufacturers offer a few different standard colors. These colors are the most common window colors consumers tend to buy. They are less expensive because they are easier to produce and sell.
If you choose a window color that requires a unique finish or process, it will usually cost more money. It might also take more time to produce.
There is a lot of price variation when it comes to window opening mechanisms.
The most expensive mechanism is called tilt and turn. Guided opener systems are a bit less expensive, while visibly hinged casements are the most affordable.
Not all opening mechanisms will work for every type of window. In addition, each type of mechanism has its own set of pros and cons. Take the time to consider where you can save money by using a standard opener.
5. Opt-Out of Glazing Bars
Sometimes windows include glazing bars to separate independent panes. Glazing bars are one way to make a window appear more traditional if you prefer that to a modern look.
The downsides to glazing bars are that they reduce the light that comes in through the window and they add to the overall cost.
Many modern windows are one large piece of glass, so you may not have to consider glazing bars at all.
Keys to Saving Money Buying Windows
When it comes to window replacement, there are several different factors that can help you save money on the cost of your home remodel.
Buying windows in bulk, considering alternative window types, and sticking to standard designs are great places to start. Reducing the amount of insulation your windows require will also help.
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