Cost is a concern many homeowners have with any remodeling project. When you are potentially about to spend thousands of dollars, you need to know what’s in it for you and if you’ll see any return on your investment. And if you’ve been thinking about replacing your home’s windows, one of the first things you wonder is: Is it worth it? Whether your home has 5, 15 or 50 windows, replacement is a large investment.
As a San Antonio remodeling contractor since 1989, Southwest Exteriors has helped thousands of homeowners find the right window solution for their homes. But we aren’t here to convince you to buy new ones — the truth is, sometimes a window replacement may not be worth it for you. We want to provide you with the right information, so you will know when it is and is not worth it.
To determine whether replacing your home’s windows is worth it for you or not, you first need to understand the average cost of replacement and return on investment (ROI) for this project.
Cost Of Replacement Windows
In 2023, the cost of replacement windows can range anywhere from $200 to $750 for a 3 ft. x 5 ft. product. The lower end of the cost range is for the least expensive option you can purchase at a big box hardware store. The higher end of the cost range is for a higher-quality, professionally-installed product.
The cost of your project heavily depends on the window type, size, customizations, installation and warranty. But no matter the quality and installation you choose, this project is still a large investment. So, how will you see it pay off in the future?
ROI When Replacing Your Home’s Windows
The best and most accurate way to understand the ROI for replacing your home’s windows is by using the Cost vs. Value Report from Remodeling Magazine. It takes national, regional and local data from numerous remodeling projects each year to determine the average cost, resale value and cost recouped from each project. This allows you to understand how much yours will cost and what your ROI will be.
According to that report, a vinyl window replacement costs $20,482 and has a resale value of $13,822. This makes the cost recouped, or ROI, 67.5%.
Although this helps you know the cost recouped for your project, it does not factor in other ways your investment appears, like improved energy efficiency, lower energy bills and overall comfort of your home.
When Is It Worth It To Replace My Windows?
Now that you know the average cost and cost recouped of a window replacement, you want to know if it is worth it and what you’ll get from your new windows.
Replacing your home’s windows is worth it, if:
Your windows are old, broken or not functioning properly
You are a long-term homeowner
You plan to be in your home for longer than the next few years
You want to improve the overall comfort of your home
If you fall under any of the above categories, replacing your windows allows you to:
Improve the energy efficiency of your home
Lower energy bills by allowing your HVAC system to work less
Improve the comfort of your home
Protect you, your furniture and your pets from harsh UV rays
Upgrade the interior and exterior look of your home
Increase the resale value of your home
There are many benefits to replacing your windows as a long-term homeowner, so the sooner you replace them, the longer you can enjoy the benefits and the better your investment becomes. If you've been thinking about it for a while, investing in a high-quality window replacement will be worth it for you.
When Is It Not Worth It To Replace My Windows?
After outlining when it is most worth it for you to replace your windows, you want to know when it is not worth it.
It’s not worth it to invest in a high-quality window replacement, if:
You are a short-term homeowner
You plan to move soon
You are a house-flipper
Each of these three scenarios has one thing in common: you don’t get to enjoy the benefits of new windows for very long.
If your windows are falling apart or you feel you must replace them, but won’t be in your home much longer, then choosing a less expensive option may make more sense for you. In these cases, investing in a high-quality, more expensive product is not worth it.
Should I Use The Same Type Of Window Material?
When replacing your home's windows, it's not necessary to stick with the same material that the existing ones are made of. In fact, upgrading to a different material can have significant benefits, such as improved energy efficiency and durability.
However, it's important to consider other factors, such as the style of your home and your budget, when making this decision. Marvin Windows offers high-quality products in a variety of styles, so you can find the perfect fit for your home.
When Should I Replace My Windows?
Now you have the right knowledge to know when window replacement is and is not worth it and can take the right next steps toward your project. Remember, you are in control and have the power to choose what is right for you.
We understand that starting any home remodeling project can be scary. Sometimes, you don’t even know where to start. One of the hardest things to figure out is what product is right for you. Especially in our South Texas climate, choosing the bestreplacement windows for San Antonio homes is crucial.
Ready To Start Your Window Replacement Project?
Southwest Exteriors offers high-quality replacement windows from Marvin, ProVia, Vistamark and more! Our top-notch windows, paired with professional installation, will last a lifetime in your home, and our warranty is here to guarantee that.
Ready to move forward with your project? Contact us today and get the look you love coming home to!