Replacement windows do provide a decent return on investment. However, probably not as much as you think. The most common type of replacement window is vinyl. And, even they only have a return of about 74% according to the 2020 Cost vs. Value Report. Most other types of windows have a lower ROI.

Why Do Homeowners Replace Their Windows with Such a Low ROI?

First, if you look at all the home remodeling projects, very few have a return on investment you may think they should. In fact, most projects have a return in the 50 & 60 percentiles. That makes vinyl replacement windows a good investment in your home. And, the longer you stay in your home, the better the return on the investment becomes because of all the other benefits of new windows.

Add Energy Savings to ROI

If you really want to look at the cost benefit of replacement windows, consider the energy savings as well. According to, in our area, the average homeowner who chooses an ENERGY STAR® rated replacement window will save about $236 a year in heating and cooling costs. However, there’s a lot more to consider. Do you have a few rooms in your home that are always too hot or too cold compared to the rest of the home? When you want to spend time in those rooms you either turn on the heat or air conditioning. With new windows that have less air leakage and won’t need to change the temperature as frequently. New ENEGY STAR® rated windows all have Low-E glass which blocks the sun from heating up a room. That will also save you from constantly adjusting the thermostat based on the room that you’re in. This will increase your savings.

Home Protection from Fading

Look at the flooring that gets direct sunlight regularly. Is it faded? You may think that your flooring company didn’t do a good job on that area or that someone spilled something on the carpet and cleaned it with a bleach-based product, when, in reality, it’s the sun’s UV rays. Older windows without Low-E glass don’t block harmful UV rays that cause fading on our furniture, drapes and flooring. Your new windows will protect those as well.

Ask Windows Unlimited About Benefits for Your Home

Depending on the replacement windows you choose for your home, you could see other benefits as well. If you’re in Ashburn, Sterling, Leesburg or Reston, you may find that even when your home is under a flight path that your home is quieter. Call Windows & Siding Unlimited today to schedule a free estimate and tell us what you’re looking for and we’ll help you find the perfect replacement window for your home. Reach us by filling out our contact form or calling (703) 468-4769 today.