One complaint ranch style home owners have is that some of the windows are too small. Many homeowners think replacing ranch windows is the answer. What is the process for replacing windows and how expensive is it?
There are a few things you want to consider before enlarging the windows in your home. If your windows are original to the house, it’s quite likely that replacing the windows will save you money on heating and cooling costs each year. In fact, you may notice enough of a difference in your utilities that you consider replacing all of the windows in your house.
You can choose either double glazed or un-plasticized polyvinyl chloride (UPVC) windows. The prices vary greatly, so be sure to do your homework before settling on which type of window you buy. One way to help you decide which type of window to purchase is to think about the amount of time you’ll be remaining in the home. If you plan on staying there for a while, you may want to spend the extra money for the better windows.
Shop around and ask for free in-home estimates. Get estimates from at least three companies; more estimates would be better. Ask for copies of their contracts to read at leisure so you can compare the contracts as well as the windows.
Talk to several contractors who can do the work for you rather than having the window company install them. Ask friends, neighbors, and the local builders associations if they can recommend contractors who are ethical, do their work in a time manner, and at or under budget.
Expect to spend between $300 and $1,000 per window, depending upon the quality of the window. Of course, the size of the window will also play an important role in how much the replacement window costs. If you’re only planning to replace one window, you may want to go with the better window. You can take your time to replace other windows either as needed or as you have the money.
Are you concerned by the cost of windows? Is it important to have a triple-paned window or is a double-paned window sufficient? Compare the warranty that comes with the windows and ask if the warranty can be transferred to any future homeowners.
Replacing ranch windows is something that many homeowners consider. Their reasons for doing so may differ, but the desired outcome is probably the same. Homeowners replace ranch windows to save money on heating and air conditioning or to let more light into their home. Whatever the reason for replacing the windows, it’s a remodeling job that will surely be a welcome change.
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