Budget Windows: How to Choose the Most Affordable Windows For Your Home
Today, we're going to talk about how you can get budget windows for your home.
We have over 20 years of experience in the replacement windows industry and we'd like to share our expertise to help you make the best choice.
This post will give you some great suggestions for getting the best windows for your home at a price you can afford. So let's get started.
Learn how to choose the best budget windows that look great too
How to Choose the Best and Most Affordable Budget Windows
1. Work with an Experienced Contractor You Trust
There are many good reasons why it is to your advantage to work with an experienced contractor to get budget windows for your home. Here are a few of the most important ones.
An Experienced Contractor Will Know How to Do the Job Right:
Doing a custom replacement window installation requires a great deal of skill to do the job properly and efficiently as well as the necessary tools.
It can also be quite dangerous, as you are often working at heights. If you are not careful, you may get injured. Professional installers have the skill and proper training to complete the job safely.
An Experienced Contractor Can Advise You about the Right Type of Windows to Get:
When choosing new windows, it's hard to know exactly what you will need. There are many different types of windows, and knowing which type is right for your particular situation can be difficult.
A Contractor Can Often Get You a Better Price:
Replacement window suppliers can make it challenging for you to purchase windows from them.
They tend to ask much higher prices for smaller projects because they prefer to sell in bulk to professional window installers.
When you work with a professional installer, you can take advantage of their expertise and their ability to possibly get a better price for you from their suppliers.
An experienced contractor will guarantee their work
A Professional Contractor Will Guarantee Their Work:
If you choose to go the DIY route, and you don't do the window replacement properly, you will be faced with having to pay extra to fix your mistakes.
You also take the risk of doing additional damage to your home, resulting in even higher repair costs. Poorly installed windows could mean that you may get water damage, which can be quite costly to repair.
A professional contractor will guarantee their work so you don't have this extra worry or cost.
Vinyl is an affordable option for budget windows
2. Choose Affordable Materials
One of the best ways to get budget windows is to choose less expensive materials that still offers you the look that you are hoping for.
Vinyl windows are a great, less expensive alternative to wood or fibreglass. There are many well-constructed vinyl windows available that, when properly installed, will look anything but "cheap."
Vinyl windows are also very energy efficient when combined with insulated glass and a tight construction. However, they do have a limited choice of colours.
Another great budge window choice is composite windows. This affordable material is made from scrap wood shavings and plastic resins. The great thing about composite windows is it looks very much like actual wood but it is almost maintenance-free.
Having grilles between the glass panes makes cleaning much simpler
3. Choose Add-ons Wisely
There are many add-ons that you can select when purchasing replacement windows, however not all of these features are necessary.
Choose your add-ons wisely to keep your costs down. Depending on the upgrades and how many you choose, you can easily find yourself paying an additional 50% or more on top of the base cost of your windows.
Choose features that will add value to your home. Here is a list of add-ons that you can choose from:
Grilles between the glass:
These will give your windows a more traditional look of individual panes, however, you don't need to clean between the panes as they are in between the glass itself.
Upgrades to your hardware:
Hardware such as oil-rubbed bronze or satin nickel look great, but they do increase the price.
This will reduce noise levels but it's probably not necessary unless you are living in a hurricane zone.
Pre-finished interiors on wood windows:
This is a nice feature if you don't have the time or inclination to paint or stain your windows yourself. However, this is an area where you can save money if you do it yourself.
Triple insulating glass:
This is a third layer of glass. It greatly reduces noise levels and improves energy efficiency. It is probably only necessary in extremely cold climates.
Triple glazing works well in very cold climates
4. Look for Warranties
Purchasing quality products will save you money in the long run. If you choose windows that are Energy Star rated, you know that you are getting budget windows that:
Are manufactured by an Energy Star partner
Are independently tested, certified, and verified by the National Fenestration Rating Council (NFRC)
Meet strict energy efficiency guidelines set by the US environmental Protection Agency (EPA)
You can be sure that an Energy Star window will be energy efficient
It is also a good idea to choose a contractor that also offers you an additional guarantee on their workmanship.
At Budget Windows & Doors, we back all of our installations with our 10-year workmanship guarantee so you can be confident that your windows have been properly installed and will stand the test of time.
Trust Budget Windows & Doors with Your Home Design Exterior Renovations
You can trust Budget Windows & Doors to help you choose the best budget windows to suit your situation and taste. We want what is best for our customers, that is why we will give you reliable advice that works best for you and not for our bottom line.
You can also trust Budget Windows & Doors with your other home exterior renovations. We have over 20 years experience in the renovations business and we can make your house more beautiful and energy efficient. Our services include:
"Rob worked with me to decide exactly what should be installed, gave me the option of "flexible" payments and was in twice to ensure the proper windows were ordered...I would very highly recommend Rob and his team and wouldn't hesitate to have him and his crew back to my home, anytime! Very pleased with a job very well done!
Thanks Rob and thanks to your installation team." - Ken Sheppard, Cambridge