Replacing your windows is one of the top best investments you can make to improve the look and value of your home. But should you opt for off-the-shelf windows or custom windows? Which is the best use of your money? You may think about custom windows as ones for window openings that are unusual in shape and size, but there’s more to it than that. Even windows that are “standard” sized can be purchased as custom windows.
Why purchase custom replacement windows for standard window openings?
If you can purchase a prefabricated window for your window, why wouldn’t you? Well consider this, not every 36 inch wide window will be exactly 36 inches wide. Every builder is different and the measurements can deviate. Not only that but as homes age and settle, windows may no longer be plumb. This means that more work may be required to create a tight fit and seal that doesn’t let in drafts.
With a custom window, the replacement window will be crafted exactly to the true dimensions of your window opening. This ensures a solid fit that will maximize energy efficiency, appearance and ease of installation. Opting for custom windows will also allow you to choose a combination of materials, glass and features that you prefer that may not be available in pre-fab window options.
Is the increased cost of custom windows worth the investment?
First, because custom windows offer a precise fit, they are much more energy efficient than either pre-fab windows or your existing windows. This adds up to cost savings on your energy bills that can be dramatic. The savings you see each month throughout the life of the windows (which should be decades long) should balance out much of the cost difference between pre-fab and custom windows.
Second, you may be able to get rebates and tax savings for your new, more energy-efficient custom windows. Washington Energy Services offers a rebate of $75 per window maxing at $1,000 overall that can come directly off your power bill or credited instantly. This can knock some of the price pinch off of installing custom windows. For now, there is no federal credit for the windows, but this may change in the future.
To find out more about replacing your windows whether you want out-of-the-box windows or custom created widows, contact the professionals at Associated Glass. We’ve been in Seattle since 1959 delivering incredible customer service for installation and repairs. Call us today.