Window Replacements

Abel Construction Ormond Beach FLIf you have old windows you love and the frames are sound, you may be able to repair them, strip off the old paint and repaint or stain them, and add new storm windows with low-admittance (low-E) coatings, which reduce the heating and fading effects of the sun. Windows painted shut long ago will open and you’ll preserve the architectural or historical character of your home– which some neighborhoods may require anyway.

Calculate Your Payback

When you sell your home, you’ll recoup much of your investment. In the latest “Cost vs. Value Report” by Remodeling magazine, the payback (when a home is resold) on four window-replacement projects (upscale or midrange, wood or vinyl) was at least two-thirds of the job cost. Mid range wood windows did best, returning 73.3 % with a national average job cost of $10,708 (for 10, 3-by-5-foot, double-hung insulated wood replacement windows, exterior clad in vinyl or aluminum with exterior trim to match existing trim).

Be sure to match the style and quality of the new windows to your house– high-end in a luxury home, mid range in an average home. The value of high-end windows in a tract house won’t necessarily be reflected in the home’s appraised market value. Prospective buyers may love those gorgeous, high-performance windows, but they may not be willing to pay more for the house to get them, especially among today’s value-conscious home buyers.

Your monthly energy bill should show immediate savings. Before you install new windows, however, you may want to seal up a leaky house and insulate it. It could cost several thousand dollars, but it may be more cost-effective. To evaluate your options, a home-energy audit, which costs $500 to $700 (or more for a larger home or in a pricier area), according to HomeAdvisor.com, is a smart idea.

Choose the Right Window

Double-hung windows may be opened from the top and bottom. Casements open with a crank, which makes them easy to operate. They are especially handy in hard-to-reach places, such as over the kitchen sink.

Double-pane windows are two pieces of glass that may have an inert gas (such as argon or krypton) between them that insulates better than air.

Mullions, or horizontal and vertical dividers, give windows a traditional look; snap-out mullions (also known as simulated divided lite, or SDL) make cleaning easier.

Tilt-out windows let you clean the exterior from the inside.

Windows ordered off-the-shelf in standard sizes cost less than custom sizes with upgrades– such as non-standard frame colors, hardware finishes and glass types; “between the glass” blinds or shades; and premium screens. High-performance and specialized glass (triple-paned for cold or extremely hot climates, or impact-resistant for wind- or hurricane-prone regions) add to the cost of a window.

A brand name isn’t everything. Window dealers may sell a single manufacturer’s products or several companies’ products, including those you may never have heard of or seen advertised in home magazines. As long as the seller can provide specs showing that the product offers the quality and performance you want at a price you can afford, you needn’t fear the unknown.

Many manufacturers produce lines of windows that sell in various price ranges. If you can’t afford the A line, you might get much of what you want with a B+ window.  Abel Construction in Ormond Beach Fl has multiple options for window replacements.  They are highly rated for their work on installation and they offer very competitive prices.

There will always be home-improvement “tin men” who knock on your door and take you hostage in your own living room until you sign a contract– not to mention the telemarketers, the lead-generating Web sites and the guy operating out of his pickup truck. Don’t go there. You want a well-established company with a storefront and a Web site with helpful information. A dealer who will come free of charge to your home to assess your needs is even more desirable.  Abel Construction licensed & Insured contractor with an A+ rating with the Better Business Bureau.  What we say – we do!