Do Replacement Windows Really Pay for Themselves or is That Just Sales Talk?
One of the major barriers to getting new windows installed is an upfront cost for materials and labor. Well, if it is any consolation to homeowners, the majority of that money will be recouped when the home is sold. According to the 2009 survey of Cost versus Value by Remodeling Magazine (remodeling.com), replacement windows generally have between 85 and 90 percent return on investment. This figure is among the highest of remodel projects. This means that even if you move, you will gain value from your choice to replace your windows.
However, it’s true, if you select high-quality, energy-efficient windows will significantly lower home energy consumption. Savings will vary, but expertly engineered and well-built windows can cut energy costs by 30%. With vinyl-framed windows, maintenance is also virtually eliminated. No need to scrape and paint windows.
These energy and maintenance savings will allow you to recoup your window investment over time. Replacement windows are recognized as one of the best returns on investment of any home improvement project, and if chosen properly and treated with care, you may never need to replace your windows again.