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The Cost Guide for Exterior Renovations

We’re officially into tax season, and you might be wondering the best ways that you can spend your return this year. If you happen to receive a generous return from old Uncle Sam, upgrading the exterior of your home can be a great investment in the long run.

With the recent 2017 Cost vs. Value report released from Remodeling Magazine, homeowners in Phoenix can get a very good idea in terms of what exterior upgrades are worth the money. Here is a quick cost guide in terms of what you can expect for your next home improvement upgrade:

Replacement Windows

When it comes to investing in new replacement windows in Phoenix, you’ll find that there are a lot of variables in terms of price. Some window companies in the area advertise windows for as low as $189 per unit, while another company many quote you at $400 per window or even more.

The cost of replacement windows are all over the map for a reason. One factor that you’ll need to keep in mind is the quality of the window. This can greatly impact the price. Another factor to think about is the style of the window. You simply aren’t going to pay the same amount of money for a double hung window as you will a bay window. The complexity of the engineering will reflect in the price.

Lastly, you’ll need to take energy saving features into consideration. Features such as argon and krypton gas can increase the base cost of the window by roughly 15%.

Bay Window by Universal Window Phoenix

Vinyl Siding

Vinyl siding is yet another exterior upgrade with several pricing factors. Once again, quality plays a role in cost. However, the average price for vinyl siding ranges from $3 to $7 per square foot. This means that you’ll pay between $8,400 to $19,600 for an average-sized two-story home.

Red Entry Door with Glass

Fiberglass Doors

Fiberglass is one of the most popular picks for front doors in the country. They are beautiful, energy efficient, and can help lower your utility bills during the intensely hot summers here in Phoenix.

Similarly to replacement windows and vinyl siding, you can expect a varied price range for fiberglass doors. This is a highly customizable exterior product that can be modified to fit your stylistic taste. You can choose between different sizes, finishes, decorative glass options, and hardware.

With all of the options available to you, you can expect the cost of a fiberglass door to range from anywhere between $2,000 to $7,000. If this cost gives you sticker shock, remember that a fiberglass entry door has a return on investment of nearly 78%.

The best way to find out how much your next exterior upgrade will cost is by contacting us for a quote. Get in touch with Universal Windows Direct to get started.

3 Things Your Home’s Exterior is Trying to Tell You

While you might not always notice it, your home’s exterior speaks volumes when something isn’t right. Unfortunately, we turn our attention to other things when our lives become hectic—which pushes any exterior priorities to the back burner. Now that the holidays are over and our lives have resumed back to normal, this is the perfect time of year to look around your home’s exterior and look for these few signs:

1. Your Windows are Foggy: There’s Trouble with Condensation

If you look outside and see nothing but fog that can’t be wiped away with your sleeve, your windows are giving you a warning. Moisture inside of your window panes points to condensation issues. This typically means that there is seal failure and moisture is making its way inside of the glass.

The fix to this depends on your situation. If you’re still under warranty, your window manufacturer should repair your window. However, if your windows are old and the warranty is expired, you’re better off considering replacement.

Wet Window

2. Your Front Door is Sticking: The Door is Expanding and Contracting

If you’ve opened your entry door lately and notice that it’s a bit of a struggle, there may be several culprits. One of the main reasons why expansion and contraction happens with your door is due to an abundance of moisture. This can happen when a rainstorm comes through the area and increases the humidity.

Furthermore, a sticky door can signal that there are foundational issues in your Phoenix home. This includes plumbing leaks, drainage problems, or troublesome tree and shrub roots.

Guy Opening the Door

3. Your Windows are Difficult to Open and Close: Dust Buildup

If your windows are difficult to open and close, there may be a very easy fix. The most common reasons why you’re having trouble opening and closing your double hung windows is due to dirt and dust buildup. As dirt builds up in the window frame, it makes it difficult for the window to glide along the tracks. A simple cleaning may improve this situation.

On the other hand, there may be a problem with the spring in the window. This is located inside of the jamb. When it becomes too tight, it can be difficult to open and close the sash. You can try to adjust the spring to put your window back to working order.

If you’re having trouble with your home’s exterior, you may or may not be able to tackle the job on your own. Universal Windows Direct specializes in exterior replacement for Phoenix homes, specifically with windows and doors. If your windows and doors are causing you trouble, get in touch with us for a free consultation.