When it comes to your window seals, many factors could impact the cost, from the size of the window to the number of seals needing replacing.
Whether or not you should replace your window seal depends on the condition of your home, your budget, and how long you intend to keep the window.
Cost of Materials
When the window seals around your home are worn out or broken, they can let in cold air and increase your heating bills. Replacing them as soon as possible is essential to prevent drafts and moisture damage.
Several materials can be used to seal windows. Some are less expensive than others, so you’ll choose the best option for your needs.
V-strips and tubular weather stripping cost about $0.25 to $0.50 per linear foot. They’re designed to be installed on the side channels of double-hung windows or tight-fitting doors, and they spring open to create an extra-tight seal.
Self-sticking foam tape costs between $0.16 and $0.25 a linear foot. This type of weather stripping is a good choice for sliding or double-hung windows inside the tracks and can be easily installed. However, it will only last for a short time as more durable types.
Cost of Installation
The plastic layer known as the window weather seal keeps moisture from dripping between glass panes and condensing on your windows. They improve your home’s energy efficiency and lower your electric bills.
Costs for installation depend on the type of door or window being covered and its size. For example, if you have several exterior doors or windows, you may need to hire a handyperson to install them all.
A standard option is to use adhesive-backed foam tape. This is inexpensive (costing less than a buck a foot) and easily installed.
Other options include metal strips that create a tight seal by compressing against the sides of a window sash or door jamb. These can be more difficult to remove, so they usually add about 10-20% to the overall price of the installation. Alternatively, you can choose reinforced foam that uses closed-cell insulation to keep the air in and out of your home.
Cost of a Replacement Window
Window replacement is an investment that can significantly improve the value of your home. However, the cost of replacing windows can be a deterrent for many homeowners.
The replacement window price can depend on the type of windows, frame material, and labor costs. Luxury window framing materials like wood cost more than affordable options like vinyl.
In addition, the window design can also affect the price. The most common types include single-hung, double-hung, arched, awning, bay, bow, casement, circle, egress, garden, glass block, hopper, jalousie, picture, pocket, skylight, sliding, storm, and transom.
Energy-efficient windows, which prevent chilly drafts from entering your home in winter and excess heat in summer, can cut your utility bills. The glass used in these windows can be filled with gas or given a coating that helps to control how much heat travels through the panes. Some fill gases, such as argon and krypton, are nontoxic and colorless and help to insulate your home.
Cost of a Replacement Weather Seal
Replacing window weather seals can be a costly home improvement project. Your spending will depend on the number of doors and windows to weatherstrip, the materials used, and the installation difficulty.
Ideally, the new weather stripping should be installed to fit snugly against both surfaces so that it compresses when you close the door or window. This will stop air from leaking around your doors or windows and allow you to reduce your energy costs without compromising the comfort of your home.
There are many different types of weather-stripping available at home improvement stores. Some are cheaper and easier to install than others, so choosing products you feel comfortable using is essential.