Is it time to replace your windows, Vancouver Island? As storm season approaches, homeowners in Ucluelet and Tofino will definitely understand the many benefits of new windows. High quality windows can help keep your home cool in summer and warm in winter, and also offer significant energy savings. Still, replacing all windows in your home is a significant investment.
To get a sense how much window replacement might cost for your home or business, get started with this window replacement cost estimator. Remember, you don’t have to replace all your windows at once, and replacing one or two windows each year can help fit the project to your budget. When you’re done the project, you’ll have a more comfortable and beautiful home, and if you ever decide to sell, you may get as much as a 70 per cent return on your investment — new windows and doors are very attractive to buyers!
Window rebates and grants
Rebates and grants are another way to save money and make window replacement more affordable. The British Columbia provincial government offers homeowners thousands of dollars in rebates for completing residential renovation projects that reduce home energy costs. Great for your budget, and for the planet! Qualifying upgrades include the following:
- Air source heat pump — up to $2,000
- Electric heat pump water heater — $1,000
- Replacement windows and doors — up to $2,000
- Insulation — $1,200
- Extra rebates are available when homeowners complete two or more upgrades within 18 months!
As of Oct. 1, 2019, homeowners can receive up to $2,000 on select windows and door replacements. The amount you receive depends on the quality of window and door you choose, based primarily on the U-Factor. The U-Factor relates to the rate of heat loss of a window assembly including the glazing, frame and spacers. The lower the U-Factor, the better insulating properties.
Windows and doors with a U-Factor value of 1.40 to 1.23 (W/M2-K) qualify at $50 each, for a maximum rebate of $1,000. Windows and doors with a maximum U-Factor of 1.22 (W/M2-K) qualify at $100 each, for a maximum rebate of $2,000.
To qualify for the rebate, home owners must meet three requirement standards:
- Your installation contractor must have a valid B.C. business license. Ecoline Windows is a British Columbia Energy Efficiency participating contractor.
- Only existing windows and doors between the outdoors and heated space qualify (skylights are not included).
- Replacement products must be listed on Natural Resource Canada’s certified fenestration products list.
The CleanBC Better Homes Income Qualified Program allows low-income homeowners an opportunity to get back some of the money spent on retrofits in order to improve the energy efficiency and performance of their homes. Low-income families may obtain rebates that compensate 60 to 95 per cent of the renovation costs in the house, including up to $9,500 for windows and doors.
With the Canada Greener Homes Grant, homeowners get up to a $600 reimbursement fee on the cost of pre- and post energy evaluation and $5,000 for eligible upgrades.
Professional window and door installers like Ecoline Windows can help you learn more about all available rebates and grants, and make sure you don’t miss out on savings!
Not all windows need to be replaced
Another way to save money on window replacement is through repair and retrofitting. Many window issues can be repaired for much less money than the cost of full replacement.
Reasons to repair your windows:
- Cracked glass: This can be repaired, without replacing the entire window. Contact your window manufacturer to find out if your window is still under warranty. Even if it isn’t, they may be able to replace broken glass for less cost.
- Condensation between window panes: This is an indication that the seal is broken and your windows are no longer energy efficient. Contact your window manufacturer to find out if they’re able to repair the seal — the window may still be under warranty!
- Condensation on the inside of windows: This is actually a sign your windows are working well! If there’s condensation on the room-side of the glass, solve the problem by balancing your home’s humidity with a dehumidifier.
- Broken or faulty hardware: This can be frustrating and may seriously affect your window’s function, but often you can postpone a costly window replacement by simply replacing broken hardware.
- Drafts: Notice a draft near your window? You may be able to repair air leaks by installing new caulking or weatherstripping. If your windows are made from wood, replacing rotten framing may be necessary, however. Vinyl and fibreglass windows last much longer!
Reasons to replace your windows:
- Single pane windows should be replaced. Double and triple pane windows offer significant energy savings — energy-efficient windows can reduce window-related heat loss by half!
- Windows over 20 years old should be replaced: Vinyl windows can last for over 20 years, but older windows made from wood or metal may need to be replaced. Newer homes with new windows can likely be repaired if they’re faulty, but older windows should be replaced so you can enjoy adequate thermal performance and save on energy bills.
- Resale value: If you’re considering selling your home soon, new windows will dramatically improve your home’s curb appeal, and offers a great return on investment of approximately 70 per cent.
Upgrade your home’s comfort and efficiency, and transform your living space into a modern sanctuary. To consult with window experts in Port Alberni or Nanaimo and find a cost-effective solution for your home, call 778-864-5890!