Our Best Advice For Saving Money on Windows …
Whether you are looking to make your home more comfortable for your family, more energy efficient, or just want give your home a new look this fall, replacing your windows is the one thing you can do that covers all those bases. Replacing your windows can also increase the value of your home, meaning that they are actually an investment, rather than a straight expense. The good news? If you shop wisely, you can receive all of theses benefits without breaking the bank. Of course, replacement windows are not free, and can be costly, but only if you do not do your homework beforehand. In this blog, we will share some of our best advice on how to avoid overspending on your replacement windows.
First, Answer the WHY
It is important list out your priorities when it comes to purchasing replacement windows, and to do it before you start shopping around. For example, is design the most important thing to you? Is it the color? Durability? Quality of the glass or the materials used? All of these factors can influence the price of your windows, which is why it is important to know WHY you are replacing them in the first place. That way, if you are offered additional options for your windows (like low-E coating for example), you will know when it is worth it to say yes, or pass on the option. Options can really add up, so it is import ant you know what you need, why you need it, and try not overspend on options that you don’t need or are simply not in your budget.
Choosing Your Materials
The reasons that you are replacing your windows mentioned above can also affect your choice of material. Wooden replacement windows are obviously the most expensive, followed by fiberglass and then vinyl, which is the least expensive material for replacement windows. Each choice in material comes with its own set of advantages and disadvantages, so it is important you consider these before making a decision. For example, you might have your heart set on wood, but you may need to compromise in order to stay within your budget because as we said, wood replacement windows are the most expensive on the market and can also be costly to maintain.
Try Not To Go Over The Top
Generally speaking, the most affordable replacement windows are the simpler styles. If you want something unique, such as a hexagons, or other shaped window that are less common, you will be paying a lot more. This is also true for your replacement window fenestration or opening options. Single-hung, double-hung and sliders are the most common and inexpensive options, while picture, casement, garden or awning designs are going to cost you a lot more.
Don’t Be Afraid to Ask For The Best Price
When it comes avoiding overspending on your replacement windows, one of the best pieces of advice we can offer you is to ask for and negotiate for the best possible price! Many homeowners are too timid to negotiate the price of their replacement window, but many companies will actually offer a ‘price match’. This means if another company quotes a matching product and installation work scope, you can show that to the contractor you would prefer to work with and hope that they will price match. It is always worth the ask!
It is also important to not be fooled by ridiculously low prices. If a price looks too good to be true, it more than likely is. Good quality windows are a worthwhile investment and it is often the case that you will be paying more in the long run for poor quality window materials and installation.
Choose the Right Window Replacement Contractor
Finally, make sure you hire smart and choose the right company for the job. At American Made Windows we offer a complimentary inspection of your current windows, complete window installation as well as window repair and replacement. No matter what type of windows you need, we have a solution for your home that fits your budget. We pride ourselves on providing jobs right here in America and supplying an American-Made product to you. To find out more about our products, or to schedule a window inspection and estimate, contact us at 228-818-6136, or you can leave a message on our contact page. We provide window products and service for homeowners in the entire Gulf Coast region.