Is Professional Window Cleaning Worth It? 4 Benefits Of Hiring A Pro

Alex Mcil author
Alex Mcil

Are there any benefits to hiring a window cleaning service for your home or property, or should you bite the bullet, do it yourself and save on cost?

The advantages of hiring a professional service to clean your windows may not be immediately evident, which is why we bring you this list of pros for hiring one.

professional window cleaning service

But before we do, let’s look at some window cleaning service costs across the country. Some services charge per hour and some per pane depending on circumstances.

However, in this example, we’ll provide the average cost depending on the square footage of your home. This correlates to the average number of windows you have and therefore determines an estimate cost for the job at hand.

Are window cleaning prices worth it?

House Size (square feet)
Window Cleaning Cost
1000 sq.ft.
1750 sq.ft.
2500 sq.ft.
3200 sq.ft.
4000 sq.ft.

Now that we have an estimated cost, here are 4 surprising benefits that come with hiring a professional window cleaning service and why considering one to care for your windows will cost you less in the long run.

Clean Windows Increases Your Home’s Value

There comes a time when selling a home becomes inevitable and first impressions can make or break a sale. Your windows are one of the first things potential buyers see from the outside (this includes the glass pane and frame).

Not only does the outside of the house aesthetics improve significantly, but they do too from the inside. More light can shine inside, making rooms feel bigger, brighter and more airy.

Window Cleaning Can Extend Window Life Expectancy 

Home windows have a limited life and require maintenance to prolong their life expectancy. More often than not, windows are neglected and are somehow expected to endure the elements maintenance free. 

However, they need to be cleaned and taken care of regularly & any damage should be repaired sooner rather than later, which will ultimately prolongs their life.

Condensation on double glazed window

Foreign elements such as dirt, debris, lime and fungus gets deposited on the glass which rubs and scratched the surface. This as a result weakens the window and makes it harder to remove over time.

Costs of replacing a window

  • Average cost to replace a window is $600
  • Average labor to fit a new window $200
  • Total cost $600 + $200 = $800

A professional window cleaner will also remove corrosive contaminants that can eat away at the seals. They can keep an eye out for the beginnings of any potential issues.

Window Cleaning Is HARD Work

Window cleaning is labor intensive and is a chore that’s always procrastinated. No ones wants to be climbing ladders all day with a squeegee on one hand and a heavy bucket of water on the other.

The constant climbing and stretching can put a toll on the body, and what’s worse, the end results are often streaky windows that look ugly.

Squeegeeing requires skill and most people do not have the time to learn a new skill. Even if they did, balancing on a ladder while learning a new skill is extra tricky and tiring.

It’s easier to just let the professionals do it, honestly!

Why It’s Worth Having A Professional Window Cleaner

a) Saving precious time

People would probably hire a professional window cleaning service for the simple fact it takes time and can be hard to do by yourself. This rings more true for houses that have two levels (or more) due to windows being located higher up and harder to reach due to sloping roofs. Climbing a ladder while holding cleaning equipment can be hazardous and lead to serious injuries. 

Besides, even if you could physically do the job, do you have the time to do it? And let’s not forget the dreaded feeling of having to go out in the dead of winter while enduring the cold with wet hands!

b) Health & safety

We’ve already mentioned multiple story homes and hard to reach windows. This involves climbing a ladder while holding cleaning equipment, which is potentially hazardous and can lead to serious injuries or even death

  • The U.S. accounts for the most ladder deaths
  • There are over 160,000 emergency room injuries
  • 300 of these results in death
  • Most ladder deaths are from heights of 10ft or less
  • In the last 10 years ladder deaths have tripled

* WHO stats concerning ladder incidents in the United States.

c) Energy savings

As stated, by cleaning your windows regularly, you reduce the chances of developing cracks on the glass or compromising the protecting film. Lack of cleaning can even comprising the seals that keep the pane in place. 

Once any of these happen, air will leak out, resulting in condensation and mold build up. Furthermore, if the seals are also compromized, this further allows even more air to escape, making it harder to keep your house warm in the winter and cool in the summer.

A damaged window can waste up to 15% of the energy of a well fitted and sealed double glazed one.

d) Eliminating window cleaning equipment costs

Professional cleaning services use special kits / equipment, such as hardwood floor machine and other tools, designed for removing grime from glass while making it easier for the cleaner to reach otherwise awkward / hard to reach areas. This combined with professional cleaning techniques will result in amazing looking windows. 

professional window cleaning equipment

Using a simple spray and paper won’t cut it and can even accentuate smears and smudges while also promoting potential damage.

You could invest in cleaning tools the professionals use, but as shown below, there are a few products that are needed which can be costly:

  • Extension poles
  • Special cleaning solution
  • Vacuum squeegees (similar in functionality to carpet and floor cleaning machines)
  • Step ladder
  • Belt / holster
  • Towels & cloths
  • Buckets
  • Screen cleaning tools
  • Water purifier

In honesty, our houses tend to be cluttered as it is, and the thought of storing all this equipment is off putting enough, let alone having to do the labor work.

Just let the window cleaner do it for you!

Author’s Final Thoughts

From a personal standpoint, getting a professional to do your windows around your home is well worth the investment. These days people are busy and do not have the time for DIY window cleaning… and even if they did, window cleaning services are so affordable, it’s likely a better investment than to do the job yourself.

But honestly, saving yourself from climbing up and down ladders, trying to get to awkwardly positioned windows in all weather conditions should be enough to want the job done professionally… but with all the other advantages that come with getting the job done properly, it really should be a no brainer as to which way to go.