momand-babyCost vs. Value report on BankRate.com reports an average return 89.6% for replacement window investments.

Installing new windows will also increase you house’s resale value. About half of central heating is lost through doors and windows so buyers typically gravitate towards houses with quality windows; look for energy efficient windows to keep your house warmer in the winter and cooler in the summer; this can create a big savings on utility bills. If you have the extra budget, you can go for custom windows, tubular skylights or UV protection glazing application.

Example 1:

Windows – Wood (Mid-range)

Replace 10 existing 3-by-5-foot double-hung windows with insulated wood replacement windows, exterior clad in vinyl or aluminum. Wrap existing exterior trim as required to match. Do not disturb existing interior trim.

Cost: $11,362 Resale Value: $9,202 ROI: 81.0%

Example 2:

Windows – Vinyl (Upscale)

Replace 10 existing 3-by-5-foot double-hung windows with insulated, low-E, simulated-divided-light vinyl windows. Simulated woodgrain interior finish; custom-color exterior finish. Trim exterior to match existing; do not disturb existing interior trim.

Cost: $13,448 Resale Value: $10,862 ROI: 80.8%