Should You Choose Window Replacement or Window Film?

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When windows aren’t functioning properly and causing higher utility bills, should you choose window replacement or window film to solve the problem?

Windows are a major source of energy loss in homes and other buildings so having efficient, properly functioning windows is essential. In fact, this is a major reason why home and business owners replace their windows.

According to the Department of Energy (DOE), the heat gain and heat loss through windows accounts for 25%–30% of residential heating and cooling energy usage and costs. That’s why it’s important to choose the right windows during new construction. For existing homes and buildings, the DOE cites two options to cope with inefficient windows. It says home and business owners can replace windows or take steps to make existing windows more efficient.

If your existing windows are in good condition, the DOE reports that taking steps to improve existing windows is often the most cost-effective option.

Is Window Replacement or Window Film More Affordable?

While swapping out old single-hung windows for double-hung or triple-hung windows can greatly impact energy savings, window replacement is expensive.

According to RemodelingExpense, vinyl windows cost $400 to $700 on average per window on the first floor of a home. This includes the cost of installation. That cost rises by 25-50% for second- and third-story windows due to the increased labor costs. Costs are even more expensive for higher-quality windows made of materials like wood. Costs also vary depending on where you live and can be much higher in some parts of the country.

Window film costs just a fraction of the price of window replacement. There’s also less disruption in your home or place of business during installation as there’s no removal of old windows that can leave your space vulnerable and exposed. Window film installation can be performed efficiently and with little disturbance.

Window Film Performance

By adding a single layer of climate control window film to single-pane windows, they will perform similarly to double-pane windows. Furthermore, you can even add this film to double-pane windows for performance nearly equivalent to triple-pane windows.

In the winter, window film insulates windows by holding heat inside your home or business. This reduces heat loss through windows and helps cut energy costs. In the summer, the film’s solar reflecting technology helps block the sun’s heat to keep your space cooler. Window film also improves indoor comfort by reducing hot and cold spots, especially when sitting near windows or glass doors.

In addition to helping you save money on energy costs and making your space cozier, window film also provides additional benefits you will enjoy. It helps prevent glare, significantly reduces harmful UV rays that can damage skin and cause fading, and it can also enhance privacy and the beauty of your windows.

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ESP Window Tinting & Graphics has been Louisville’s premier window tinting and custom graphics provider since 1974. We serve both the residential and commercial markets, providing customized solutions with the goal of delighting our clients. Our window film and graphics products offer enhanced aesthetics and improved functionality to your spaces. Contact us today for a free consultation and quote.