Replacing Your Windows

By Robert Robillard on Uncategorized

Remodeling Payback With Windows

COLUMBUS, OHIO – Even during these belt-tightening economic times, homeowners are adding value to their homes by continuing to invest in remodeling projects. And, according to the Remodeling 2011–12 Cost vs. Value Report (, the replacement of older, inefficient windows with upscale vinyl replacement windows is one of the ten most popular projects with payback for homeowners.

“Adding energy-efficient, low-maintenance vinyl windows to the home can have an aSimonton StormBreaker Plus® windowsverage payback of 69.1 percent according to the Cost vs. Value Report,” says Gary Pember, vice president of marketing for Simonton Windows. “The same study shows that the average cost for such a replacement (involving 10 double-hung 3-by-5 vinyl windows with Low-E glass and simulated woodgrain trim) is $14,328.

“The good news is that, according to this study, the cost recouped at the time of selling the home with these new windows would be about $9,898. Even more importantly, homeowners investing in this type of remodeling project can save energy costs every single day once the new windows are installed.”

Pember points out that, in the study, vinyl replacement windows had a higher return-on-investment than wood replacement windows. “Today’s homeowners are seeking top-quality vinyl windows due to their aesthetic value, low-maintenance features and long-term energy efficiency benefits,” says Pember.

According to the study, a vinyl replacement window project for a homeowner had a higher projected return-on-investment than several other popular home upgrade projects, including a bathroom remodel or addition, a major kitchen remodel, the addition of a master suite or the replacement of the roof. A window replacement project can be especially valuable for homes built prior to 1978 due to the importance of replacing lead-based painted windows in older homes.

“Lead-safe awareness should be a priority concern for homeowners,” says Pember. “The potential dangers of lead dust poisoning from window frames in homes built prior to 1978 is frightening – especially for households with small children and pregnant women.” Simonton offers a dedicated educational website at and an informative YouTube video clip at that provides additional details on the company’s lead-safe awareness initiative.

Simonton Windows produces ENERGY STAR qualified replacement and new construction windows and doors, including a line of impact-resistant products. Simonton ranked “Highest in Customer Satisfaction with Windows and Doors, Two Years in a Row” in the J.D. Power and Associates 2010-2011 Windows and Patio Doors Satisfaction Studies SM.

For information, call (800) SIMONTON (1-800-746-6686) or visit

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