Compare Windows in Richmond VA

Replacement Windows Comparison in Richmond VA

Stuck between options for your replacement windows at your Richmond, VA Home? How do they stack up against each other? Learn more about replacement windows comparisons.

After three months of winter, spring is finally right around the corner.

With spring generally comes nicer, milder weather than that which we experience during chilly winter nights and blistering summer days.

It’s also a great time to evaluate your windows.

Older windows tend to form “leaky” areas–areas that let in outside noise and drafts.

And, well, “leaky” areas go both ways.

What comes in must go out–and in this case, it’s your climate-controlled air.

That means you’re paying more to stay comfortable than you would if you had new windows.

When that happens, it’s time to do a window comparison so you can make the best choice!

Doing a window comparison in Richmond

Taking the time now to do a window comparison instead of later will help you know what to expect when you receive a quote from your contractor.

Plus, you can take your time doing the research so you’re fully prepared. Before we look at which type of window, it’s important to start with….

Does your window need to be totally replaced?

In some cases, it isn’t necessary for a window to be completely replaced. If your frames are still okay, you can opt to use partial window replacements.

These slip into the place of the actual window, leaving the original frame intact.

However, if your frames are rotting or otherwise damaged, you’ll need to get a full replacement.

Now let’s take a look at differences between the various levels of comparison between windows:

  1. Window comparison based on type

Fully replacing a window isn’t just a task; it’s a chance to enhance the look of your home.

If you’re bored with how your old window looks, you can pick a different window type to suit your taste.

Although, of course, you should bear in mind that picking a window type that isn’t the same size as your old one will likely entail home repair costs.

Much like there’s a multitude of body types–average, tall, petite, muscular, etc.–there’s a multitude of window types.

Popular types of windows include the standard double-hung window and the attractive bay window.

Part of the quote you’ll get from your contractor will be based on the type of window you want.

For example, the price of a double-hung window installation can float around $1,000.

Compare that to the cost of a bay window. One can cost as much as $3,500.

Of course, the reason for the price difference is a bay window is much larger and more intricately designed than double-hung (and most other) windows.

Therefore, it requires more material and more time to install.

  1. Window comparison based on brand

Let’s say you’re in the market for a new office-appropriate shirt.

You look online at the available choices. We carry Preservation Windows because we find them to be the best product for your home.

Brand names such as Dolce and Gabbana will cost a bit more than the ones at the local outlet mall. The same applies to windows.

Various brands are more expense than the others.  Of course, you get what you pay for, and cheap windows mean, well, cheap windows.

There are numerous reasons for why one brand may cost more or less than another, such as reputation and higher quality.

Although it may be tempting to bargain-shop and buy the cheapest brand available, don’t.

First, check out the available brands, and then make your decision based on quality.

Remember: this is your home.

This is where your family lives.  This is where they eat, sleep, and play.

They deserve the best.  So, it only stands to reason that you should choose the best available brand for the job.

  1. Window comparison based on project

Another factor is how much you want to replace. Replacing all or most windows is obviously going to cost more and take more time than replacing only one or a few windows.

Likewise, adding extras such as glazing, window tinting, and decorative trim takes more material. And then there’s the extra time it will take to add them to your window(s).

It all depends on your personal preferences and how much you want done.

Making frame comparisons

After you’ve chosen the appropriate window type, brand, and project, you should also choose the type of frame you want to use.

The basic types are vinyl, wood, and fiberglass.

Vinyl Windows For Your Home in Richmond, Virginia 

The choice of most home owners are Vinyl frames, which typically run at better prices than wood or fiberglass, and have a longer life span.

They don’t need to be painted or stained, but they usually aren’t as attractive as the other two options.

There are also limited color choices for vinyl.

Like every building material, they all have their positives and negatives.

Wood Windows

Wood is the most expensive of the three choices.

Wood also requires a certain amount of care, particularly in the way of painting and staining.

Fiberglass Windows

Fiberglass, while usually far more costly, is the strongest of the three frame materials.

It is resistant to rotting and twisting, and it doesn’t crack.

It also doesn’t corrode or need to be painted.

Further pre-project tips:

Don’t let the contractor make all of the decisions

The differences between the various window types, brands, and projects as well as frame material aren’t exactly common knowledge.

Like in matters of finance, it’s very tempting to let the knowledgeable professional make a suggestion and then accept whatever he or she says.

Also, like in matters of finance (and life in general), you should do a bit of your own research.

Learn about all of your options so you can make an informed decision regarding your windows and, ultimately, your home.

 

Follow this guide, and you’ll be well on your way to making lasting, pleasing window replacements to your home.

And when you do decide to begin the task of repairing your windows, be sure to contact us for a free estimate!

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