From Margaret on June 24th, 2011 in Window Replacement
Window replacements should be at the top of your renovation to-do list, especially if you’re living in the sunny city of Los Angeles. It’s equally important to let in that golden light as it is to keep your home’s temperature regulated in a comfortable and eco-responsible way.
But the choices available with window replacements can be overwhelming. There are so many brands, types, and functions (not to mention sticker prices), that it can be hard to decipher what is really a good bang for your buck. Replacement windows cost between $7,000 and $20,000 for the typical residence. Luckily, we have some answers for you, and your pocketbook.
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Reducing Your Costs
Replacing windows can initially seem like a huge shock to your wallet, but you can do some things along the way to help reduce cost. For one thing, most replacement windows can qualify for a credit from the federal government, which comes right off your taxes. Not to mention that replacement increases the value of your home, which benefits you immensely when you go to sell in Los Angeles’ competitive housing market. Finally, replacing windows and increasing your home’s efficiency can save up to 25 percent each year on your heating and cooling bill.
Knowing the savings available to you, make sure you also begin with a firm budget in mind. Plan the specifics in the preliminary phase to fully understand the ranges of materials at each price grade. Windows may seem like just glass, but there is a huge range between the Home Depot options (around $100) to Andersen specialty windows, which can run over $1,000 each.
Average Window Prices in Los Angeles
But what is average, you ask? Plan to spend around $300-$700 for one window inserted into pre-existing frames. A 48 inch x 30 inch window can range from $150 to $500. Being such a huge range, it can help to consult an estimator as you plan. Take a look at CalFinder’s extensive list of contractors who can get you started on your way.
Consulting a professional from the start can help you navigate those unexpected issues that seems to always arise in renovation projects. For instance, in some situations, the window frame must also be rebuilt, as well as surrounding insulation and any damage that needs repair. Not to mention all of the screens, hardware and small details included in the project.
But not to worry—you can get help. While it is true that you’ll save a pretty penny on installing the windows yourself, it’s not recommended. Unlike repainting a room, installing windows can be quite tricky, and doing so incorrectly will void your warranty.
In such a beautiful sunny city, getting the right windows for your Los Angeles home can make a huge difference in your living experience. With an investment in new windows, you can revolutionize your home’s flow, as well as look and value. Get started here.