Buying Tips: New Windows

September 23, 2020

Most homeowners dread the process of replacing their windows as it seems overwhelming and the high cost of replacing windows can often result in putting off this project year after year. As with many areas of home improvement, replacing your home windows is a big decision and requires careful consideration. A few tips can help get you started:

Create a budget

Creating a budget can be tricky as there are many factors that come into play when calculating the cost for new windows. The cost to replace windows will depend upon size, number of windows needed, style and quality. According to HomeAdvisor, window replacement costs about $650 per window on average, or between $200 and $1,800. Labor alone runs $100 to $300 each.

If you’re looking to finance a portion or 100% of your window replacement project, find out how much you qualify for before you get too far into the process. With PACE financing from Renew Financial you can finance 100% of your window replacement project with zero money upfront, a competitive fixed interest rate, and no credit score requirements.

Click HERE or call us at 844-736-3934 to find out if PACE financing is available in your area.

Find window companies

Replacement window companies fall into two categories: 

  • Local companies which might prefer one particular manufacturer, but usually, they have a variety of manufacturers to choose from.

  • The franchised or nationwide companies, like Pella, The Home Depot, Andersen, or Empire. These larger companies may offer you an assortment of manufacturers, but more often they offer a preferred house brand or their own brand (for example, Pella will install only Pella windows). 

Click HERE to find window companies in your area registered to offer PACE financing from Renew Financial. 

Get two or more estimates

Obtaining various estimates can be tedious work but, in the end, it will pay off. A wider range of estimates puts you in control. The good news is that replacement window estimates are relatively easy to get and most of the time free of charge.

Do not immediately act on an estimate

Unless you feel that you have found the right company to do the job and at the right price, wait awhile before committing, you may be able to negotiate a lower price.

Stay firm on your goals

You may or may not need all your windows to be replaced, or perhaps you want to replace them in phases for budget reasons. Inspect your windows prior to your consultation to identify the ones you want to replace right away. Do not let the salesperson push you to replace more windows than you had planned to or push you to upgrade to more expensive windows that hyperextend your budget.  

Explore various brand manufacturers

Encourage the salesperson to help you explore a wide range of window manufacturers—not just the expensive name-brands. It is possible to find inexpensive replacement windows that still satisfy your needs.

Carefully choose window materials

“Vinyl is final,” the saying goes. While wood can rot and wear over time, vinyl windows generally have a longer expected useful life. However, as a plastic material, vinyl is subject to fading and damage from sunlight. Aluminum windows are very durable, but they usually have lower energy efficiency ratings than vinyl or wood.

Look for window features and energy-efficiency

Energy-efficient windows can help you reduce the use of heating and cooling systems and save on your energy bill over time. Ask the experts for recommendations to select the perfect window style for your home. Which windows are easy to maintain and clean? Will the windows stand high winds even without installing storm windows? Be sure to ask relevant questions to select the windows that are best suited for your needs. 

The bottom line is, prioritize your goals and choose the type of windows and the window company that best meets your needs and budget.

Finance 100% of your window replacement project with no money upfront, a competitive fixed interest rate, and no credit score requirements with PACE financing from Renew Financial.

Discover today if PACE financing is a viable option for your window replacement project, click HERE or call us at 844-736-3934 to get started.


Important Disclosures

PACE financing is subject to credit approval. Underwriting requirements and restrictions apply. PACE financing is secured by a lien on the subject property and may be required to be repaid upon refinance or sale. Homeowners should perform due diligence before selecting a home improvement contractor. PACE financing is private financing that must be repaid in full. PACE financing is not a government subsidy. Homeowners are encouraged to use PACE financing responsibly. Names or trademarks used above are the property of their responsive owners.