Are Replacement Windows Worth It?

Considering replacing your old windows but unsure if new ones would be worth the cost? Replacement windows are actually a great investment.

Let’s go into a little more detail.

Are New Windows a Good Investment?

Real estate agents say that exterior replacement projects give homeowners the highest return on investment. Also, according to Remodeling magazine’s 2013 Cost vs. Value Report, installing both vinyl and wood replacement windows have high cost recouped values for both midrange and upscale projects:

Midrange Projects

Project Cost Resale Value Cost Recouped
Vinyl Window Replacement $9,268 $6,906 74.5%
Wood Window Replacement $10,160 $7,592 74.7%

Upscale Projects

Project Cost Resale Value Cost Recouped
Vinyl Window Replacement $12,624 $9,266 73.4%
Wood Window Replacement $15,849 $11,113 70.1%

Note: These figures represent 2013 averages from the region that includes Maryland, DC, and Virginia.

Also, “seven of the top 10 projects in this year’s report are siding-, window-, and entry door- or garage door-replacement projects that collectively generate an above-average cost-value ratio of 74.6%.”

Other Reasons New Windows Are a Good Investment

New replacement windows not only look a lot better than old, drafty windows that are starting to fall apart, but they also provide a high return on investment. There are other reasons to replace your windows as well:

  • You’ll get immediate energy savings that will last all year long. You’ll get even higher savings if your home is adequately insulated.
  • Often, you can get tax credits on replacement windows—talk to your local window installer.
  • Old windows that aren’t energy-efficient can cause your energy bills to rise and lead to other problems that may end up costing you money in repairs, such as mold growth, structural damage, etc.

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If all that isn’t reason enough, think about it this way—old windows that don’t work right leave your home less safe and secure. And often, it’s more cost-effective to replace old windows than to keep repairing them!

Window Replacement in MD, DC & VA

If you need new windows for your home in Maryland, Washington, DC, or Northern Virginia, Shanco can help! We offer durable, high-quality windows from the industry’s leading manufacturers, including:

  • Sunrise
  • Simonton
  • TrimLine
  • Andersen

Although we often recommend Sunrise vinyl windows, we can install nearly any brand of window on the market. If it’s available in the area, we can get it and install it for you! We want to be your go-to window company in the DC metropolitan area—and for more than 20 years, we have been for many families.

Contact us to learn more about our window replacement services!



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