What Homeowners should expect during their next estimate?
Although home windows are often taken for granted but for those homeowners who plan to live in their homes for any number of years cannot ignore them. No matter how well you maintain your home, windows, like most other elements of your property, won’t last forever.
The building basically consists of lot of components. Though the life of a building is generally estimated at 40 to 60 years, the life of its different components are different. Thus, the life of window will also be different depending upon its design, material, quality, etc. which may range of 10 – 60 years.
Yet you can’t just let them go. Windows Edmonton remains a vital component of your home’s appeal and function, providing natural light, a literal window into the outdoors, insulation and even ventilation.
Many readymade window companies are available in Sydney, Candiac, Edmonton, etc. cities. The homeowners are unaware of what goes into window estimates, and how price quotes are computed. Although the process of a free in-home estimate is generally similar across various contractors, there are a number of options and situations relevant to your unique needs and home that can dramatically influence the estimated price for window replacement.
This guide will help you understand what to expect during your next free in-home estimate for windows.
Home Window Replacement Costs
Unlike many other items in your home, the cost of windows replacement is usually less transparent and clear, with pricing often quoted as a “range” on many websites and on store shelves.
This makes it difficult for a homeowner to properly budget and plan, making a free in-home estimate a great first step in finding the perfect replacement windows.
The national average replacement cost for windows in Canada spans between 531 CAD – 1222 CAD ($400-$920 USD). However, these prices could be much higher or lower depending on a number of factors including but not limited to the type of window, condition of the existing frame and casement, and more.
In Canada, US, Australia, and other developed countries, the International Association of Certified Home Inspectors has developed standards of practice with regards to inspecting doors and windows. This guide can serve as a useful resource, providing context into how a home or window contractor may evaluate your windows.
Free Estimate for Window Replacement
01. Finding a Contractor and Setting up An Appointment
The first and most obvious step is finding a competent and reliable contractor or window provider in your vicinity (such as Angies List, Window Mart, etc.) that can accurately measure your windows, provide solutions and offer a clear and transparent price estimate.
02. Initial Consultation
During an initial consultation, the contractor will take time to understand your needs, concerns, goals and budget. These items will assist them in providing you with solutions that fit your unique circumstances.
03. Options and Solutions
Based on feedback from your initial consultation, your contractor will be able to provide you solutions options best suited to your home, lifestyle and goals. The following are options that may be discussed, each of which will impact the end result of your in-home estimate for replacement and installation.
(a) Types of Windows / Style
01. Single-hung Window
- Only able to open from one side with the other remaining stationary.
02. Double-hung Window
- Capable of sliding open from the top and the bottom.
03. Sliding Window
- Slides horizontally along a track which may be two, three or four track.
04. Casement Window
- Hung on side hinges and opens outward
05. Bay Window
- Projects outward from the home and usually creates an indoor shelf
06. Picture Window
- Large panes of stationary glass that don’t open
07. Transom Window
- Generally found above a door or another window
08. Awning Window
- Open outward from top-mounted hinges
09. Stationary Window
- Fixed panes that don’t open
To know more detail about window style, read here: Different Types of Windows in House
(b) Window Materials and Colours
Window materials are important. For example, Vinyl windows are high value, energy-efficient and durable.
- Vinyl windows
(c) Window Brands
Brands available may vary based on the window company and/or what brands the contractor has access to.
(d) Energy Efficiency
Various levels of energy efficiency may be available as options. Energy efficiency is often a major consideration for all cold regions where heat insulation is a major criteria to keep room warm throughout 8 to 9 month of the year. This applicable to many homeowners needing superior insulation throughout the sometimes harsh Canadian seasons.
Some brands and styles may have multiple options for the type and style of hardware such as handles and locks that come with your window. These options can enhance style and security.
04. The Inspection
Your window (or windows) will be inspected in order to understand the condition of the sill, casement, underlying frame and other factors. If additional repairs or materials are expected, the contractor should inform you of these upon completion of the inspection as part of the price estimate as otherwise that additional – will upset both your budget and time schedule.
After inspection, the contractor may also advise on the type of installation required (full-frame vs retrofit).
Upon completion of the aforementioned steps, you should get a clear and transparent price estimate for your window replacement and installation. This estimate should be provided electronically or in written form so that you have a copy, and also explained to you. At this time, any questions you have should be answered.
Estimates are generally “honoured” for a specific period of time (i.e. two weeks, 30-days, etc.). Be sure to ask what the policy is so that you know how long you have to make a decision, so that you place an order before the validity of offer expired.
Upgrading with replacement windows can be an exciting (and anxiety-inducing) time for any homeowner. We hope this guide provided you with a good understanding of what to expect with a free in-home estimate on having your windows replaced.
If you have any questions or are in the market for new or replacement windows, don’t hesitate to reach out to the team at which are available on Window Mart, Angies List or any other. Their window experts are ready and excited to help you find the perfect fit.