How Much Does it Cost to Replace Foggy Windows?

Cloudy windows filled with condensation are not a desirable sight to home for homeowners or potential home buyers. They are unsightly and be a clear visual indication that the windows are worn out. If your windows are fogging up in the winter you should look to repair- even replace the windows.
 


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This fog is a symptom of a larger issue. This collection of moisture on the window panes is actually a result of improper insulation to the windows. Old single pane windows are especially prone to this as they have the thinnest layer of protection from the cold air outside.

While patching the issue with plastic wrap or heavy-duty curtains is an option it still leaves the main problem there. These issues will only continue to get worse with time as well. It may finally be time to bite the bullet and invest in new windows.

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Effects on Cost

The overall cost of replacing your old, fogged up windows can vary for a number of reasons. First off, there are many window design options to choose from. If you decide to just replace your old windows with replicas of the originals it may keep the price down. However, you may want to take this opportunity to change up the look of your house. More lavish styles like a new bay window or double hung options will raise the cost of the instalment.

Another factor that can affect the cost of installing new windows is the materials and features of each window. Once you decide between a double or triple pane window you also have to decide if you want vinyl or wooden frames. The wooden frame adds a level of beauty to your home but will be more costly due to the craftsmanship required. If you are trying to keep your costs as low as possible go for double pane windows with vinyl frames.

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As shown above a double pane vinyl framed window can cost between $450- 650 a piece. To determine your total cost you will have to multiply this individual cost by the number of windows you are looking to replace.

Energy Savings

Now that you have a good idea on how much the windows will run you, you can start comparing how much your new windows will save you in energy. Energy Star estimates that homeowners can save at least $27 a year by replacing windows. If you have single-pane windows, replacing them with Energy Star-qualified products will save you between $126 and $465 a year, depending on the number of windows you replace and where in the United States you live. The cost savings of replacing double-paned windows, however, is less than 25 percent of that amount; the most you can save by replacing double-paned windows is $111 per year. This means that the older the windows, the more benefits you will see from replacing them.

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You can take your estimated yearly savings and see how many years it will take you to save the cost of your new windows. If it only takes you a few years to see that money right back in your pocket you should make the move to replace those old inefficient windows.

Federal Tax Credits

Under the Bipartisan Budget Act of 2018 which was signed in February 2018, a number of tax credits for residential energy efficiency that had expired at the end of 2016 were renewed. Tax credits for all residential renewable energy products have been extended through December 31, 2021, and feature a gradual step down in the credit value. Because the credit will be reducing in value within the next few years the time to upgrade is now!
While the tax credit will not cover the entire cost of replacing your windows it can help. Homeowners can receive a tax credit equal to 10% of the product cost. You can receive up to $200 for eligible windows and skylights. Homeowners may receive no more than $500 total for all energy efficiency tax credits. If you wish to try for this tax credit, please consult a tax professional or visit www.irs.gov to determine your remaining eligibility.

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Getting an Estimate

Even though we have broken down the general costs and savings for your new windows, there may be variances due to location and installation companies. Because of this, it best to contact a reputable window installation company to get a more definite cost of replacement windows. The company can conduct a home visit and inspect the state of your windows and offer you their best opinions on how to replace them.

After you receive your estimate be sure to run your budget around it to see if it is feasible. Perhaps only installing half of the windows one year and then the rest the following year is a good option for you. Once you find a choice that fits your budget, you’re ready to upgrade to new, non-foggy windows.

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Improve Your Kitchen’s Look Without Fully Remodelling It

For most of us, the kitchen is our home’s most important room. We spend a good deal of our time there and use it for many things ranging from meal preparation to spending time with family and friends. Due to the many elements involved, remodelling this room can be a pricey endeavor.

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If it’s time to fix up the space but your budget is on the small side, then consider improving it without diving into a full remodel. Here are a few ideas.

Install a New Countertop

One of the easiest ways to upgrade the room where you cook is to install a new countertop. This change makes a big difference, and it can increase the value of your home. The nice thing about this home remodel is that there are so many choices.

Countertop material options include granite. This is a popular material for a counter because it is beautiful and durable. The price range for a new granite counter is from $3,100 to $4,500 depending on the size of the surface and the granite that you choose.

Quartz is another popular material option that will update your space. This stone is available in many different styles and shades. Interior design experts generally consider it to be the most durable countertop material that you can buy. Quartz will cost you more. Depending on the countertop size and slab choice, you can expect to pay anywhere from $5,900 to $14,000 for the upgrade.

Marble is a stunning stone choice for this room in your home. Its cost varies from around $1,100 to $9,600 with the average cost falling at around $3,000. Marble is stunning, but it is porous, so expect a little extra preparation and care when you choose this material.

With countertops, you may want to go with soapstone. The coloring of soapstone is usually from dark green to more of a green black. However, depending on what’s available in your area, you may find lighter hues. The cost of soapstone is from $7,000 to $12,000. A benefit of the material is that it’s non-porous, which means that you won’t have to worry about it staining. However, it is on the soft side, so it can become dented and scratched.

For something more affordable than soapstone, go with slate. The cost to install a slate countertop ranges from $7,500 to $10,500. The material is non-porous, so it is easy to clean. You can get slate countertops in brown, black and gray.

Paint the Cabinets

If your cabinets have seen better days, it’s time to give them a refresh with some paint. This is a great way to give the space a big makeover without spending a ton of cash. It’s recycling at its finest since you can make the room look new without replacing your cabinetry. Along with saving you money, painting your cabinets is faster than installing new ones.

Paint your cabinets classic or creamy white for a traditional look. If you want something a bit more eye-catching, go with black. For eclectic and contemporary cabinets, paint the top cabinetry a different shade than the lower ones. Painting your main cabinet grouping one shade and the island a different one is another style that’s currently trending.

A New Coat of Paint

As with the cabinets, painting the walls freshens up the space without breaking the bank. Don’t be afraid of color. According to some interior design experts, dark colors make a room appear smaller. However, the size of the room is what it is, so go ahead and paint it a color even if it’s a dark one.

Keep in mind that neutral shades may make it easier to change up the look of the space later since you can pair other colors with it via the room’s furnishings or draperies. If color just isn’t your thing, go ahead and paint the room white. Amazing designs often include white. The hue gives this space a bright, clean look.

Add New Features

Improve the room’s look without taking on a full remodel by adding a few new features like a backsplash, new lighting or open shelving. A tile, glass or stone backsplash is affordable. This is also a feature that lets you customize your backsplash. If you’ve always wanted the room to be modern, then make it happen with your backsplash choice. Choose one that’s made from a chrome material or glass in varying shades. If you’re all about the classics, then select a subway tile backsplash. If you like the rustic look, then you’ll want to consider a backsplash made from brick or stone.

Swapping out your kitchen lights is another affordable way to add a new feature. The light fixtures in your home can give it the look that you want. Use lighting to modernize the room or to change the style. A classic chandelier light will bring tradition into your home while pendant lights provide a more retro feel. For a modern look, choose a stainless-steel light or one with geometric design elements.

Changing out a few of your closed cabinets for open ones is an affordable way to do a home remodel. This modification is also easy to carry out. Open shelving is trending, and it’s a great way to fix up the room.

Replace the Floor

Upgrading a space on a budget can be as easy as swapping out the existing floors for something new and different. Most people have a hard flooring in this space for practical reasons, and we recommend keeping it this way. To update the space, take a look at the new tile that manufacturers are developing. Today, you can purchase one that gives the look and appearance of wood flooring without the upkeep.

Bamboo is another good option when you want a wood floor but need one that’s affordable and eco-friendly. This flooring looks just like hardwood however it has a distinct and beautiful appeal to it, which it makes a wonderful addition to your kitchen. It’s also water resistant which is great since people are prone to spilling their drinks or any type of liquid in the kitchen. This original and very durable flooring can easily make your kitchen trendier.

If you currently have outdated tile, then consider installing a slate floor or a new tile floor in a current style. For this room of the house, the flooring option is one of the best choices in terms of wear and tear as well as cost.

Buy New Appliances

Replacing the room’s appliances will update the area immediately. Not only will you gain a fresh, new look with updated appliances, but you’ll also enjoy the advanced features that come with them. For instance, you can get a fridge with a tablet that you can use to look up recipes, watch television or answer phone calls. Today, there is even a stove that switches to a warming setting when a dish is ready. It will notify you through your smartphone that it’s done. Purchase a refrigerator that makes tasty pebble ice or a dishwasher that cleans quietly.

Advanced appliances are pricey, so you may wind up with ones that are a little more basic based on your budget. Even if you go with less advanced appliances, you’ll still update the look of the room and have more efficient ones. New appliances generally operate with less power or in the case of a dishwasher, with less power and water.

Making Improvements

It’s possible to improve your kitchen without fully remodeling the space. Do this with paint, a few additions or upgraded flooring. Remodeling this room entirely is usually expensive, but you can make small changes without spending a ton. The right small changes can have a big impact, so take your time in deciding what upgrades you want to tackle. Move through your list and before you know it, the space will be new and fresh.

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