From frame materials to hardware, there are many elements that will impact the cost of your new replacement windows. If budget is an issue, consider each element carefully. It’s great that you can customize the look and operation of your window, putting you in control of the finished product. Let’s go over the four features that affect the cost of a replacement window.
1. Frame Materials
Frame material is one of the biggest indicators for window pricing. The two most popular options for residential windows are wood and vinyl. Generally, vinyl is the most cost-effective option for replacement windows, provided you choose high-grade vinyl window. Here’s why vinyl is the best frame material choice:
- Unlike wood, they require very little natural resources for manufacturing.
- Since vinyl doesn’t require harvesting of trees, there are lower transportation costs involved.
- It’s a readily available material.
- Installation is easy for a skilled contractor.
Real wood windows are no doubt beautiful, but they are significantly more expensive than vinyl replacement windows. You will pay between 30 and 50 percent more per window when you go with wood. Wood is expensive because:
- It uses limited natural resources that have to be harvested and transported.
- Fewer companies offer real wood windows due to higher expense and maintenance.
2. Glass Packages and Glass Coatings
The glass packages and coatings you select will dictate price as well. Triple pane windows cost more than dual or single pane. From double and triple pane glass to low-e glass coating, there are many things to consider about the glass in your new windows. You will pay more for high-quality glass that prevents more UV rays from getting through. Since 80 percent of a window is made up of glass, heating and cooling savings mainly originate from what is called “improved glass performance.”
Low-e glass, short for low-emissivity glass, features a thin coat of material which makes it more efficient. It keeps standing heat away from the surface of the glass, ensuring unwanted heat stays out in the summer and yet inside in the winter. This is the most cost effective way to increase the energy efficiency of your windows.
In short, the better at heat resistance your glass is, the more you will pay.
When it comes to security, your new window is only as good as the locking mechanism you choose. Most windows come with standard locks, nothing fancy. But if you want more bells and whistles, you will pay extra. It’s important to consider your family members’ needs and your security needs. In general, you’ll want to look for locking mechanisms that will be easy to use and appropriate for every member of the family. For instance, folding nested operator handles, offered on all casement and awning windows, are the easiest to use.
But you may want to add more difficult and secure locks if you live in a high-crime area, for instance, or you have a curious toddler living in the home. Extra locking mechanisms may include ventilation limit latches, flush-mounted sash locks, multi-point locking systems, sliding window locks, keyed window locks, window pin locks, and wedge-style locks.
These two terms mean essentially the same thing, adding depth and character to your windows. There are many optional grid inserts which you can add to your windows but this will increase cost. The pattern, color and style you go with will determine if you want a traditional or modern look for your house.
Generally, grids, grilles, or divided lights (all the same thing) bring an extra cost, from $25 to $50 more per window. They are sometimes priced per sash. Sometimes, different grid styles cost the same (i.e., prairie grids may be the same as colonial grids). You will pay more for the number of vertical and horizontal bars you want. You will also pay more for grids placed inside the glazing vs. those on the outside.
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