3 Things You Must Know about Cheap Replacement Windows

energy efficient windows can save you moneyPlanning on replacing the old, outdated windows in your Toronto area home is going to be a great investment. Not only is this one of the top five home improvement projects that anyone can take on that would not only improve the comfort and feel of the house, but also its value, there is a common pitfall far too many homeowners fall into.

That pitfall is choosing the cheapest possible replacement windows they can find. This is commonly done for rental units, but it’s also an issue for people who are on a very limited and fixed budget.

Before making any decision about choosing the cheapest possible windows you can find, think about these three things.

1. You can choose to replace just a few windows in your house at a time.

Overall this is not the most cost-effective solution, but you’re going to do yourself, your home, and your family much more good if you choose higher quality windows and only replace five, for example, at a time rather than 14 (the average house throughout Ontario has about 14 windows).

By replacing the most important windows first, you can save up for the next set in a year or two.

2. Cheap windows will show their true colors very quickly.

Those inexpensive windows may look fine in the store showroom or in a catalog, but once you have them installed and begin to use them, such as opening and closing them, you will begin to quickly realize just how cheap they are. Not only do they comprise of cheap plastic parts, those parts can break easily if they are opened or closed too quickly.

Many of those little components can’t be replaced and the entire window would need to be replaced instead.

3. You’ll feel the effects during winter.

Cheap windows are not very energy efficient, regardless of what it may say in the marketing brochures. You truly do get what you pay for when it comes to replacement windows and if you’re expecting to save money on your heating expenses this winter, think again.

Sure, they may be somewhat more energy efficient than the 20 or 30-year-old windows you have right now, but compared to better quality windows, it could cost you $20, $40, $100, and even more every single month throughout the winter.