In Wichita, there are many cheaper alternatives to glass windows including plexi-glass which is waterproof acrylic-based glass that provides many cost-effective benefits. For instance, it is lightweight and safe and easy to install. Moreover, it can be installed with a variety of frames. For example, it can be installed with a vinyl frame which is the cheapest type of frame for a double-pane window. It is way cheaper than wood or fiberglass.
Another substitute for window glass is poly methyl methacrylate which is transparent thermoplastic polymer. Plastic windows are a lot cheaper to manufacture than glass windows. They are also resistant to sharp blows and less likely to crack. Moreover, when they do crack, it is less dangerous than shattered glass. In addition, plastic windows are inexpensive to install, ship or store.
In order to save money, you can also purchase discount replacement windows and resort to certified installers that can safely install the products. You can get great deals on cheap materials by simply looking for discounts on the internet. If you want to save on labor as well, you can pay less if you hire an independent contractor.
You can buy the cheap materials yourself. You just have to make sure that you do not purchase the wrong size or type of material. However, if you want to make an investment that can add value to your home, you should consider energy-efficient materials such as wood windows that provide the best insulative value. Unfortunately, they do require a lot of upkeep unlike vinyl which only requires very little maintenance. But you can also consider wood-clad and aluminum frames that provide a lot of insulation as well.
All in all, less expensive quality Wichita windows are safe to install, but they are not a great investment in the long run. Even though there are many ways of saving money on material and labor, it may not pay off overtime.