If you think your high heating and cooling bills are related to your wood windows, it's time to consider replacement. If you are worried about the budget for the project and how much money it's going to cost you to have new windows installed, there are some ways you can save money.
It's important to know what you are shopping for when you want to replace your windows, and how you can save money on the installation and purpose. Here are a few things you'll want to consider.
There is a difference between retro-fit windows and new construction windows, and homeowners are often talked into new construction windows when it isn't necessarily needed. If you get retro-fit windows, these are frames that will go into the existing outer window frame that is already in place, instead of building a new window entirely. This can save a significant amount of time with labor, and lower your material costs.
Reuse the Glass
Is the glass in the windows still good? Ask the window installation contractors to inspect all of the glass. Ask if you can keep the glass and just replace the frames. You can add a layer of tint or glaze to the glass to make them more energy efficient, if you are worried about it.
Just Replace the Glass
Are the window frames in good condition, but it's the glass that doesn't fit properly or isn't efficient? If so, maybe the glass needs to be replaced. You can get new glass that is thicker, UV resistant, and more efficient. The contractors can tell if air is leaking around the exterior of the window frame, or if it's coming out around the glass.
Replacing just a small portion of the windows instead of the entire unit can save you money, if the other components are in good condition. Ask the installation contractor to give you a full evaluation, so you can choose to replace only what is needed.
If they think you need to have the entire window replaced, make sure you get more than one estimate so you don't overspend. You'll also want to see if they have a glass replacement payment plan, so you don't have to pay for the entire project at one time. Many retailers have a credit program or payment option you can choose, so you don't have to put out all of the money right away.