Today’s homeowner is much more eco conscious than the homeowner of the past. Now, energy efficient homes are all the rave. For this reason, many people are turning to replacement windows and window film to help reduce their household energy consumption. But which is better in terms of ROI – is it window film or replacement for Long Island? Let’s take a further look at the upfront costs and payback periods of each.
Payback Period for Replacement Windows
It’s instinctually natural to turn to window replacement as solution. If the old windows are the problem, why not just replace them with newer, better working ones? Replacement windows can be quite effective, especially if they’re made with Low-E glass. But the problem is that they’re not the most eco friendly choice. Large amounts of materials are wasted and produced with replacement windows.
Additionally, replacement windows come with a hefty price tag. Low-E windows can cost anywhere from $40-55 per window. And they take hours, if not days, to install. The upfront costs of new windows are so high that it usually takes about 20-30 years to get a full payback.
Payback Period for Window Film
The payback for window film varies depending on the type of film used. Standard films may cost only $4-6 per sq ft with more advanced films like Low-E window film running in the $5-15 range per sq foot. However, it is important to note that Low-E window films do provide a quicker payback.
The average ROI for window film is around 2-5 years. While window films may not last as long as replacement windows, they do last for a significant period of time, which is about 10 years. So, worst case scenario, is that a film can take 5 years to provide a full ROI, but there’s still another 5 years left in its lifetime. And, some studies show that window film is more effective than replacement windows anyway when it comes to energy reduction.
Speak to an Expert
If you’re unsure about which option is best for your home, it may be a good idea to consult a professional. At Long Island Window Film, we are experts in these type of energy efficiency issues. Call our office today to schedule your free consultation or receive an estimate on window film for your Long Island home.