Angie's List: Window Replacement Options

If the temperature in your home never seems to increase but your energy bill does, it might be time to consider getting new windows. According to Angie's List creator Angie Hicks, "if you replace your windows you can save as much as 30 percent on your heating and cooling bills. In the long term, you can potentially get 70-80 percent of that investment back."

The website lists several different options available to consumers, like wood, metal, fiberglass and vinyl. Vinyl is the most popular among consumers because of its durability and the fact that it is low maintenance. When considering a project like installing new windows, it's important to do your research to be sure you are getting your money's worth.

Angie's List offers the following suggestions to consumers:

  • Who to hire: You should work with a reputable contractor who has good references, proper insurance, a solid business record and certified installers.

  • Shop around: When considering a project like this, get bids from at least three different reputable companies.

  • Window costs: While size, materials and other valuables play a role in window replacement costs, consumers should expect to pay approximately $350 to $500 per window for vinyl replacement windows. This price typically includes installation.

  • Installation counts: A bad installation can compromise the effectiveness of even the best windows, so it's important for consumers to be sure the windows are installed according to manufacturer's instructions.
  • Ask about lead certification: Contractors who perform renovation, repair, and painting projects that disturb lead-based paint in homes built before 1978 must be certified and follow specific work practices to prevent lead contamination.