Window Replacement Cost 2018: Vinyl vs. Wood vs. Fiberglass Frame Windows

Everyone knows windows are expensive, but just how big a bite do they take out of the budget?

Cost

The average cost to install a typical 36-by-60 double-hung replacement window can range from $550 to $1,050 per window installed.

Pella 250 vinyl double-hung windows

Note: The cost of each window can vary significantly based on many factors, such as window size, frame material (vinyl, wood, fiberglass), glass type (double low-E vs. tipple Low-E), finish options, etc.

Small, fixed windows used as accents or the ones installed in some bathrooms will be significantly less expensive.

Oversized functional windows offering dramatic views will command a higher price, although large, premium windows aren’t normally found in most residential homes.

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Pros & Cons of Atlas Shingles – Costs – Unbiased Atlas Roofing Reviews

Atlas is a top-five roofing shingle brand in ratings from pros and homeowners. Atlas shingles are a good value, which we define as reasonable price combined with quality that is above average.

Did you know? Online ratings don’t give the whole story for any shingle brand. Ratings on the brand’s website are unrealistically high, posted by happy customers in the first few months after installation – too soon to know how durable the shingles are.

Ratings on review sites are disproportionately low. Unsatisfied customers look for the chance to criticize the shingles. For example, on one prominent review site, Atlas received 49% 5-star ratings, 49% 1-star ratings and 2% in between. People love them or hate them. Yet, the brand was rated in the top few brands reviewed on the site.

We should also mention that Atlas, like other manufacturers including CertainTeed, GAF, Owens Corning and IKO, has been the subject of a class action lawsuit.

The suit against Atlas involved the Chalet line of shingles, no longer produced. The class action was dismissed. Some homeowners filed individual suits with various outcomes.

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Natural Stone Siding Cost Vs. Stucco and Brick Veneer Siding 2018

House Siding Materials You Probably Never Heard of!

The primary purpose of any siding material is to add a layer of protection and insulation to your home thereby protecting it from the outer elements.

Keeping the above in mind, other decisions that go into determining the best approach to a house siding project, whether you do it yourself or hire a professional, including curb appeal and the not-so-common materials can be put in proper perspective.

Stucco

Some think of stucco as popular in certain regions like Southern California, without realizing there are likely stucco homes in their own neighborhood.

Image source: View-Master Home Inspections

Our view is that stucco is a viable, long-lasting and architecturally-attractive material that complements other house siding options.

Made from sand, cement, lime and water, the material is usually applied to a galvanized steel screen, along with waterproof underlayment glued to a wood frame.

The stucco material itself isn’t all that versatile and instead is rather quite rigid, needing special care during installation to avoid cracks. But given that it is a hard material, it will last the life of a home, or at least 50+ years.

Costs: for stucco are around $6.50 to $12.50 per sq. ft. installed, depending on the quality of materials, who’s doing the work and location of the property.

An average-sized home will cost between $16,000 and $30,000 for traditional stucco siding, including installation.

Pros: Very durable, low maintenance, great insulator, colors go through mix so repainting not necessary, resistant to fire and insects

Cons: Fairly expensive, takes skill to install, brittle material prone to cracking especially due to settling of a house, a sinking foundation, or even a mild earthquake. Not a good option for wet climates, tends to last less time in climates with lots of rain.

If the stucco material becomes saturated with water due to constant dampness or gutter leaks, then its insulation properties will be compromised and structural damage to the house may ensue.

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