Doors & Windows2022-03-10T16:24:08-05:00
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How to plan a door and window renovation

Even if you don’t realize it, you and your family are probably hard on your home’s doors and windows. Kids bang the front door closed on the way to school. You open the windows to let in fresh air, then slam them shut to keep the gnats at bay. It’s worth your time to replace existing doors and windows with resilient options that provide beauty and natural light while supporting your busy lifestyle.

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How much does it cost to replace windows and doors?

Replacing a single, medium-sized window using standard materials costs between $500 and $600. Interior doors cost about the same, but an exterior door will cost over $1,000 to replace. When considering the replacement cost, account for the style, size, and number of doors and windows in your project. Note that replacements will cost less than installing a new door or window in an existing wall.

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Type of renovation Predictable budget
Economic $3,900 to $5,200
Standard $5,200 to $7,000
High end $7,500 to $10,000

Six medium-sized windows. The cost will change based on materials and finishes.

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Popular door and window styles in Canada

When choosing a door for your project, think about its location in the home and the weather it’ll have to endure. Exterior doors and garage doors should stand up to snow, salt, and ice. Standard panel doors keep drafts at bay in bedroom hallways. Replace a bi-fold door with a pocket door to save space in a small office. Sliding doors are the go-to for backyard entryways, but to shake things up, install French doors leading to your summer porch for an elegant, timeless look.

Windows provide protection from the elements and allow natural light to illuminate your living space. For standard windows, single hung (the top half of the window is fixed while the lower half moves up and down, or out and in) is cheaper than double hung (two moving parts) and is more appropriate for installation in small spaces, like bathrooms. A double hung window is an optimal choice for ease of cleaning and better ventilation, making it the go-to option for bedrooms and living rooms.

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How to plan a door and window renovation

When it comes to a door and window replacement project, the cost of installation can actually be less than the cost of materials. The best windows and doors for your home should be made from materials that balance aesthetics with function.

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Frequently asked questions about door & window replacements

How do I choose a contractor for window and door replacements?2022-04-05T09:11:56-04:00

The process of selecting a door and window contractor can be daunting, but here are a few factors to consider: 

  • Where the materials come from. A contract should source high-quality windows and doors, along with the materials for installing them, from reputable suppliers. Ideally, these suppliers should be local as their products are most likely to have been built specifically for the Canadian climate. 
  • Installation process. A professional contractor will set up a home visit to examine your windows or doors. They should be able to explain everything from what the actual install process entails to the type of materials needed (including technical tidbits like energy efficiency and glazing) to the expected time frame. A pro will also make it clear that no mess will be left behind and will ensure that your old windows and doors are properly disposed of at the end of the project. 
  • Credibility. You need to find a contractor you can trust and who has a reputation for doing quality work with door and window replacements — and is insured to do it. Every contractor that joins Smart Reno undergoes our verification process, which includes ensuring they have valid insurance. We also monitor ratings and reviews of their past projects and remove any contractor that does not meet our standards.

Read more about the specific questions to ask a contractor before starting a renovation, as well as the five key criteria Smart Reno requires all of our contractors to meet.

Why should I hire a window and door contractor?2022-04-05T09:06:59-04:00

When it comes to a window and door installation project, you have the option to take the DIY route or hire a professional contractor. At Smart Reno, we believe going with a pro is the best solution for several reasons. Not only do professional contractors possess the high-level expertise and deep industry knowledge about things like mechanical patterns and styles needed for your specific type of residence, they’ll also factor in the style of your home and your household needs. 

Further, a window and door contractor will have the necessary tools, equipment, and reputable suppliers to source the materials to get the job done right and often, more quickly. They’ll also know the ins and outs about setting safety measures to ensure a successful installation while reducing the impact on your household. 

Finally, most qualified, accredited, professional contractors — like the ones you’ll find with Smart Reno — will provide some guarantee on the installation in the form of a warranty. That way, you can have peace of mind that the work was done right the first time around, and that you’re protected if anything goes wrong. 

How much does it cost to replace a window?2021-04-29T17:41:15-04:00

Replacing a standard window will usually cost between $500 and $600. Using more economical PVC frames will keep costs down, but installing new hardwood frames or built-in window seats will increase your costs. This price range assumes you’re installing a retrofit window in an existing opening. Widening the opening or adding a new one will increase the cost of your project.

How much does it cost to replace a door?2021-04-29T17:40:42-04:00

The cost of door replacement varies based on the style and location. Specialty and exterior doors will cost more to replace than interior doors.

Should I replace all windows at once?2021-04-29T17:40:00-04:00

Your contractor may offer a reduced rate per window if you replace multiple windows at once. If you have the funds, it can ultimately save you money to complete all your window replacements in a single contract.

Is it expensive to add windows to a house?2021-04-29T17:39:18-04:00

Adding a window to a wall involves creating an opening, which is more expensive than replacing a window in an existing opening. Before adding new windows, consider replacing existing windows with options that still increase the quality and quantity of light coming in without altering exterior walls.

Will new windows increase home value?2021-04-29T17:38:41-04:00

New windows can increase the value of your home by improving the exterior’s aesthetic appeal and bringing more natural light into the interior. More light in your living space attracts home buyers and encourages realtors to list at a higher price.

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