Is Professional Window Cleaning Worth It?

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.

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.

Window Cleaning Prices By Home Size

House Size (square feet)
Window Cleaning Cost
1000 sq.ft.
$200
1750 sq.ft.
$275
2500 sq.ft.
$350
3200 sq.ft.
$450
4000 sq.ft.
$500

Now that we have an estimated cost, here are 5 surprising benefits that come with hiring a professional window cleaning service and why considering one to care for your windows will cost your less in the long run.

Safety First & Saving You 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) where the windows are located higher up and can even be hard to reach due to sloping roofs. Climbing a ladder while holding cleaning equipment can be hazardous and lead to serious injuries. 

Interesting Insights on Ladder Falls in the U.S.

Here is interesting information brought to you by the WHO, concerning ladder incidents in the United States.

It’s worth noting that not all these incidents are related to window cleaning attempts, however, it does paint a scary picture on how easily ladder accidents can happen.

  • The U.S. accounts for the most ladder deaths
  • There are over 160,000 emergency room injuries
  • 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
  • Most incidents occur due to improper use of the ladder or having faulty equipment.

This is why it’s best to leave it to the professionals who have the right equipment to get the job done safely and with a professional finish.

Besides, even if you could 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!

Window cleaning services are affordable and it makes sense to just let the professionals do it… and for this reason alone it’s worth it! (at least in my opinion)

Extended 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 prolong their life.

A professional window cleaner will remove corrosive contaminants that can eat away at the seals, wash away any debris & lime that can scratch and weaken the glass and remove any film made of grime that reduces natural light from coming into your home. 

Factors To Consider When Replacing A Window

Here are the knock on effects and the added cost associated with neglecting your windows.

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

Of course there’s added benefits to keeping your windows in good condition, and that’s the energy savings associated with it.

A damaged window can waste up to 15% of the energy of a well fitted and sealed double glazed one… and make no mistake that cost adds up over time!

Thermal Efficiency & The Environment

This is linked to the life expectancy of the window. As already stated, by cleaning your windows regularly, you reduce the chances of developing cracks on the glass and comprising the seals that keep the pane in place. 

Once cracks form, this can lead to comprising the glass which allows air to partially 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 well maintained window will result in better thermal efficiency, saving you from increasing utility bills and contributing to the environment.

Potential Hazard Spotting

Having a professional frequent your windows means they can keep an eye out for the beginnings of any potential issues. They do this for a living and are more likely to spot potential problems sooner than others. It’s always a good idea to ask if they could look out for potential problems and report back to you.

As a homeowner you get notified well in advance to repair the damage before it’s too late. Catching potential problems sooner can save you money.

Here’s what you can ask your window cleaner will likely look out for:

Signs Your Windows May Need Attention

  • Condensation on the glass
  • Crack(s) on window
  • Warped / distorted window frame
  • Cracked / pulled sealant 
  • Window not opening / closing properly

Eliminate Equipment Cost

Professional cleaning services use special kits / equipment designed for removing grime from glass and make it easier for the cleaner to reach otherwise awkward areas. This combined with cleaning techniques will result in amazing looking windows. 

Using a simple spray and paper won’t cut it and can even excutuate smears and smudges while promoting potential damage. So the next logical thing to do would be to invest in the same tools the pros use… these can include the following:

  • 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, let alone having to do the labor work… just let the window cleaner bring their own equipment and they will get the job done right while saving storage space in your house.

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!

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.