With the chilly winters in Canada, many homeowners find themselves contemplating the value of replacement Ottawa windows. Below, you can find the answers to some of the most commonly asked questions about window replacement, ranging from the average cost to the best types of windows for your home. We can answer any additional questions you might have, as well.
There are numerous window styles from which to choose, but some are better suited for the cold Ottawa climate than others. You can choose from hung windows, slider windows, and even bay or bow windows, but if you want the best combination of affordability, user-friendliness, and energy savings, casement windows are a great choice. These are hinged at either side and open outward via a crank. One of the two sashes may be fixed in place, and in some cases, the windows may also tilt inward for easy care and maintenance.
Unfortunately, window repair is not always feasible. This is especially true if your existing window frames are broken, warped, or rotted, or if you have double- or triple-pane windows with air or gas between the panes designed to provide further insulation. In some cases, it is possible to reuse your existing window frames by installing new glass. This process is known as retrofitting. However, if your window frames are not in good condition, retrofitting will not solve your issues. In this case, the entire window must be replaced, and this is known as full frame replacement.
There are several factors that go into determining the overall cost of replacement Ottawa windows. Of these, the number of windows in your home and whether you need a retrofit or full-frame replacement are the biggest indicators of cost. On average, it costs $250 to $750 per window for a replacement. Retrofits cost less, and full-frame replacement costs more – even up to $1000 per window depending on the size and style of the window. With this information in mind, if there are 10 windows in your home, it will cost between $2500 and $10,000 to replace your windows.
There is no steadfast rule of thumb that determines how often you should replace your Ottawa windows. However, we recommend replacements at least every 25 years since new technologies provide better energy efficiency and comfort. You may also need to replace your windows if they no longer function properly, if they are sealed shut, or if they are drafty.
Many homeowners can save hundreds or even thousands of dollars each year on their energy bills by upgrading their old, drafty windows. In fact, homeowners making the transition from single-pane windows to double-pane windows, or if there is currently no insulation between the window frames and your home's studs, you could see savings of up to 25%. On the other hand, if your window frames are well insulated and you already have double-pane windows, your savings will be significantly less, and it will take more time for your replacement Ottawa windows to pay for themselves.
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