When your windows to the world no longer improve the facade of your home, protecting it from filter elements or noise, it may be time to replace them with new ones that complement the architecture of your home, lowering your energy costs and increasing comfort, and promoting peace and tranquility. Replacing a window is an expense that includes not only the cost of the window but also the cost of expertly installing it to ensure the window works as promised.
It's good to shop and buy, especially now that retailers and renovators in many parts of the country are seeing increased demand for replaced windows as the local economy and housing market recovers from recession.
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Repair or swap?
Substitutes are available in two variants. If the original frame is sturdy and square enough, you can install replacement windows in the original opening by swapping out the sash, side posts, and trim. If the original frame is rotten or not too square, a newly designed window will need to be installed which, according to CostHelper.com, can cost 50% to 100% more than a replacement window.
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You will get a large return on your investment when you sell the house. In Renovation Magazine's most recent Renovation Costs Report, the return of four window replacement projects (medium or prestigious, wood or vinyl) (if the house is resold) is at least two-thirds of the labor cost.