Understanding replacement window discounts, promotions & financing
One of the very first questions people ask us when they turn to Weather-Tek Windows & Doors is, “how much are my windows going to cost?”
It’s no surprise. Our industry is filled with promotions, gimmicks, and special “limited time offer sales.” It can be a confusing process. At Weather-Tek, we hope to reverse the conversation by starting with education and by gaining an understanding of your project goals to make sure that the purchase makes sense for you and for your family! No pressure, just helpful advice.
Here are some key questions we are asked and some answers to help you better grasp the financial costs of your new replacement windows, as well as the value they can add to your home!
How much does it cost to replace my windows?
There are a lot of factors to consider, specifically the style and material used, but the typical 2,000 square foot house with a mid-range product begins in the $8,000 range for furnishing and installation of your new windows. If you upgrade your windows or downgrade to a less expensive window, pricing and quality will change accordingly. If you use a less qualified installer or try to do-it-yourself, you’ll see savings on the front end, but won’t necessarily experience the energy savings you would with proper window installation. Even the best, most expensive windows, when installed improperly, will cost you money over time if it leaks.
Do you mark windows up just to put them on sale?
Absolutely not. Our pricing is often set by the manufacturer partners we work with, so we must follow their recommended pricing and ethical pricing practices. In fact, some brands don’t even allow us to run certain “sales” because they don’t want to deflate the value of their product. Because of this, many of the brands we carry would be the same price as our competitor. Instead, we aim to provide a higher added value with our certified, warrantied installation services, large window brand selection and 8,000 square foot Window & Door Design Gallery.
Are there hidden costs or gimmicks in your “sale” pricing?
No. We only run a few select promotions each year rather than a revolving door of different discounts that “bait” you in the door. We try to make them easy to understand with clear restrictions. All disclaimers are listed on our website for both current and previous promotions. We believe in transparency so much, that our President’s email address is listed right next to the disclaimer should you have questions.
Is financing available for my replacement windows?
Yes! We offer everyday financing from GreenSky. There are a variety of programs such as No Interest, No Payment plans for shorter-term financing, 0% Interest plans for mid-length financing, and reduced interest rates for longer-term financing. You can learn more about our financing programs and special promotions or contact our office for more information!
Can I use a home equity line of credit to buy replacement windows?
Absolutely. While Weather-Tek offers financing programs like GreenSky, many homeowners seek a home equity line of credit with their bank for improvements such as window replacements. Talk to your local banker about your options to leverage the existing equity in your home!
Will I get a return on my window investment if I am selling my home?
Real estate and remodeling experts suggest that while you won’t get a full return on your window investment when you sell your home, it’s one of the top rated categories to upgrade from both U.S. News and World Report as well as Remodeling Magazine, who suggests that vinyl replacement windows have a 74% return on investment, and wood windows average a 73% return on investment. Bottom line, if you are planning to sell your home, let us know and we’ll make sure you choose a product that will perform well and look great to the new owners, without breaking the bank for you as you prepare to sell your home!
Will my new windows pay for themselves?
Great question. If installed correctly, windows will absolutely achieve energy savings. There are a few variables to consider:
- What windows are you replacing and how are they currently performing?
- What window quality are you choosing to put in your home?
- What are you willing to invest in energy saving upgrades (i.e. triple pane glass)?
- Are you using proper installation methods to maximize window performance?
- How efficiently does your family/home use your heating and cooling systems?
The great news is that as Wisconsin residents, we recoup our savings more quickly than in other areas of the country. Perhaps it’s the one and only benefit to our icy cold winter weather! An independent study by ENERGY STAR showed that replacing existing single pane windows with new ENERGY STAR rated windows in a 1,700 square foot one-story home with natural gas, heat, and electric air conditioning can save as much as $409/year in Wisconsin.
Fun Fact: Want to recoup your investment faster? Move to Alaska!
AVERAGE ANNUAL COST SAVINGS WHEN REPLACING SINGLE PANE WINDOWS
Madison, Wisconsin: $409/year
Fairbanks, Alaska: $1,000/year
San Francisco, California: $64/year
In all seriousness, windows are a big investment. You want the best window brand. You want the right product for your home. You want the right partner who won’t pressure you and who will perform a great installation. At Weather-Tek Windows & Doors, we will help you achieve just that, laying your financial concerns to rest as we guide you through the replacement window process.
Schedule an appointment today to learn more about the costs of replacement windows and how we can help beautify and improve your home!