Winter weather in Washington state can be cold and harsh. Now is the perfect time to check your windows to see if they’re in good condition to make it through until spring.

There’s still time to replace your windows if they’re showing wear and tear or damage — or plan ahead for your spring home improvement project by ordering materials now, getting estimates, and scheduling installation with a window replacement contractor.

When and why should you replace windows? Here are the top reasons to replace old windows with new:

  • Improve energy efficiency and reduce utility bills.
  • Increase curb appeal.
  • Add more security.
  • Boost resale value.
  • Before you start replacing windows, consider your budget. As part of the main structure of your house, the average cost of window replacement is between $3,000 to $10,000. Although an expensive project, there are ways you can save money by using these window replacement tips.
  • Framework

Choose affordable window frames. Vinyl and aluminum are your best options and can cut your budget by 50% or more.

  • Single vs. Double-hung

Choosing single or double-hung windows come down to preference. Single-hung is the most cost-effective starting at $100. At $250, double-hung windows are a better choice for energy efficiency, airflow, and ventilation.

  • Replace Most Expensive Windows Last

You may save money on installation by replacing all the windows at once, but specialty windows, such as those with triple-glazing or built-in shades, will be more expensive. A bay window can cost anywhere from $400 to $3,250 to replace. If still in good condition, consider leaving these windows for your next project.

  • Compare and Review Prices

With the high cost of replacing windows, comparing prices and reading reviews from the best-known manufacturers can help you find the best deal. Some of the best manufacturers include Anderson, Marvin, and Pella. Check out their latest deals before making a choice.