Home Window Replacement FAQ

Home Window Replacement FAQ

Home Window Replacement | FAQ

The importance of home windows design cannot be overstated because windows affect both the interior and exterior of the home. This is the upgrade where it’s crucial that you invest in a quality product. In terms of aesthetics and energy savings, quality windows are more expensive at first, but they pay off over time. By replacing old, inefficient windows with new, energy-efficient models, you can save both money and resources at the same time.

Following are some of the most frequently asked questions about replacement windows Best Exteriors received over the years. By understanding the nuances of the San Francisco home window replacement process, you can determine if this type of the project is right for you and make an informed decision when planning on a windows replacement project.  Call us (877)-792-6065 to request a quote!



Q: What is a replacement window?

A: Custom-built windows that are designed to fit within existing window openings are considered replacement windows. In order to replace a window, a window replacement contractor will build a window that will fit precisely into the existing space. The window can be installed without affecting the surrounding area on the inside or outside. Furthermore, since custom replacement windows are designed to fit perfectly, they offer superior energy efficiency, which means you can save money on your energy bills every year. Stock windows are an option, but generally are not the best choice. Even though standard windows may be more cost-effective initially, there are other costs involved such as additional labor and disruption to your home.


Q: Can I just repair my windows, or do I need to replace them?

A: It is common for San Francisco homeowners to opt to repair their windows instead of replacing them in order to save money. While in most cases it’s possible to repair and restore old windows, it is often not worth the effort or the expense. If any of the following apply to your situation, home window replacement is a better choice that will pay off in the long run.

  • Pervasive rot
  • Single pane windows installed
  • Condensation or fog in between glass panes
  • Hardware for your windows is no longer manufactured
  • There is a possibility of lead paint exposure during the repair process


Q: When is the best time of the year to replace windows?

A: Unless there is extreme weather, such as heavy precipitation or extremely high winds, replacement windows can be installed any time of year. It typically takes a single day to install a whole home’s window replacements. It does not matter what time of year you replace your windows; energy-efficient windows can save you money on energy costs year-round. Our contractors are highly experienced and skilled at replacing windows, meaning that they will do their best to minimize any heat or air loss during the window replacement process.


Q: What types of windows are available for replacement?

A: It is possible to choose from a variety of different window types depending on the space available. Some of the most popular choices are:


  • Bay and bow windows

A bay window and a bow window project outward from the house, adding both style and extra space. A bay window is best suited to a modern home, while bow windows would look great in a traditional setting.


  • Picture windows

Picture windows provide a clear view of the outside and are typically larger than normal windows. This makes them perfect for homes that look out into beautiful views, such as gardens, green valleys, or mountains. Although they are usually non-openable and will not work in rooms that require ventilation.


  • Double-hung and single-hung windows

Single-hung and double-hung windows are two of the most common window styles. A single-hung window has a lower sash that moves up and down while an upper stash remains stationary. Double-hung windows can be raised or lowered on both the upper and lower sashes. A double-hung as well as a single-hung window can be tilted inward, which makes them easy to clean.


Q: What is the cost of home window replacement?

A: When it comes to window replacement, cost is one of the major concerns for many San Francisco homeowners. In the U.S. the average cost of a window sits around $500, with prices ranging from $300 to $700, according to Home Advisor.   Additional costs like installation, upgrades (such as custom colors, paints, stains, triple pane, laminated or tempered glass, grids or SDLs between the glass) and construction can greatly affect this cost.  Depending on the material you choose, the size and type of the window, as well as the contractor you hire, the overall cost of the project will differ.


Q: Is there a return on investment from windows replacement?

A: Investing in high-quality, energy-efficient windows will certainly result in substantial savings on your monthly energy bills; however, the amount saved depends upon many factors beyond those included in a typical window installation. A well-built, well-engineered window will, however, significantly reduce a home’s energy consumption. You will be able to recoup the cost of your window investment over time, as well as increase the value of your home.


Q: How long will my home window replacement last?

A: The life expectancy of a replacement window can vary from a single day up to many years. The quality of replacement windows is a major determinant of their life expectancy. Windows made of low-quality materials can fail within a few years. Nonetheless, there are houses today that have vinyl windows installed in them for over 40 years and they are still in great shape.


A surprising part of this is that cheap windows may end up becoming the most expensive windows if they need to be replaced prematurely. Those who continue to buy cheap windows will end up paying tens of thousands of dollars over their lifetime.


Interested in home window replacement in San Francisco? Call us 877-792-6065 or contact Best Exteriors for a consultation or request a quote online!


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