Updated: Aug 26, 2019
A residential window replacement is typically necessary every 15-25 years, and Budget Windows & Doors is here to help. Read on to learn more about the residential window replacement process, and how we can help. With over 20 years of experience in Kitchener-Waterloo and the surrounding areas, we take great pride in our work and place special emphasis on customer satisfaction!
Residential Window Replacement
Most window professionals agree that new, quality windows should last at least 15 and 20 years before you should consider replacing them. Windows built to the Canadian Standards Association (CSA) guidelines can be expected to last 25 years.
In the interim, you can expect to repair your windows regularly to protect your home from wind, rain and even intrusion. Eventually, though, you will need to replace the entire unit, and you can read our article on 5 Signs It's Time for a Window Replacement to learn more.
Here's what you need to do when planning a residential window replacement:
Set a budget
There are a number of factors to consider when setting a budget for a residential window replacement.
According to Home Advisor, "The average national cost of window installation is $5,160, with most homeowners spending between $2,635 and $7,690. A single unit runs anywhere from $300 to $1,200 for standard sizes while custom work and bay styles can quickly hit $2,000 or more. In addition to the material price, labor will run $150 to $800 per window or an average of $40 per hour, depending on the difficulty of the project."
Keep in mind those estimates are in US currency, and Ontario residents should be sure to adjust accordingly. However, you get the idea - the price goes up the more extensive the project becomes.
The two main factors in pricing are the design and the materials used. Here's a look at the ranges, again according to Home Advisor:
You will always want to consider what kind of glass you want. Experts say double-pane windows can save up to 24% in cold climates during the winter and up to 18% in hot climates during the summer, buy you'll pay more for double-pane types.
Triple-panes run 15% to 40% more than a double-pane type, but reduce heat loss even further. If you're willing to make the larger initial investment, it will be worth it in the long run.
Drafty or damaged windows can cause your energy bills to be about 10% to 25% higher, according to Energy.gov. Replacing old, drafty, single-paned windows with Energy Star certified products can result in substantial savings in your energy costs.
As an added bonus, those new windows - and the resulting energy cost savings - can be a big selling point if you’re considering moving out of your home.
Window repairs are temporary fixes; a full replacement will eventually be necessary.
Call an expert
We've written about hiring a residential window replacement service vs taking the do-it-yourself approach in the past, and would like to once again reiterate the benefits of putting away your ladder and tool belt and choosing to work with the professionals. Here's why you should hire a professional window service for this major project:
Reliable expertise: You need craftsmen that are factory trained professionals, who take great pride in their work, and who use great care when working on your home. Also, don't underestimate the necessity of being equipped with all necessary and specialized tools needed to complete the job with greatest efficiency. Not getting the job right the first time will be even more costly down the line, as you may have to pay for expensive repairs and fixes down the road.
Responsible guarantees: Due to the risk that comes with this kind of job - climbing ladders, for example - it's important to rely on people who have Workplace Safety Insurance Board coverage, as well as working at heights training in case of accident. By taking the DYI route over a professional window service, you miss out on a workmanship guarantee, which bring a healthy measure of peace of mind along with it. Not only that, but you eliminate the risk of personal injury - working at heights is serious business!
Reduction of fees: Hiring a professional service is the best way to protect your home’s value. If the job isn't done properly, not only will you have to fork over additional time, money, and resources towards additional reparations, but you risk diminishing the value of your home and affecting its resale value. Additionally, in a worst-case scenario, you might need to spend money down the road to repair problems caused by poorly installed windows, such as water damage.
Once you have your door and are ready to install, we recommend hiring a professional service, and that's for a few reasons.
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