One of the more common questions we hear at Executive Window Services is in regards to the cost of the windows. Although it certainly is true that there are many cheap windows available, determining the true cost of inexpensive windows is important. Let's take a look at the facts behind inexpensive windows and what you can expect when you have one of these installed in your home. The truth about window upgrades to the home may surprise you.
First of all, it is important to understand that there are going to be lower quality, less expensive windows available. These are often referred to as builder-grade windows. When a home is built, one of the more important things to consider is the cost of the various items included in the home. When the builder spends less on materials to put a home together, he is going to be able to take it to market and earn a much higher price. That is why builder-grade windows are so popular. What is a builder-grade window?
Builder-grade windows tend to be made from aluminum or vinyl. However, this is not why builder-grade windows are often much less expensive than others. You need to understand that, although inexpensive windows may be manufactured from aluminum or vinyl, this doesn't mean that there are not aluminum and vinyl windows of much higher grade. It has to do with the thickness of the frame. When a contractor installs cheap windows in your home, the thickness of the frame tends to be between 2-3/8” to 2-3/4” thick. That measurement is taken from the inside of the window to the outside of the frame. Most midrange windows are going to be at least one full inch thicker than lower-cost windows.
You should also consider the fact that, in most cases, a builder is not going to opt for more expensive windows, even when he is upgrading your windows. People tend to look at the cost of windows a bit differently, mostly because the builders don’t tell them the whole truth about the windows they are installing. When you pay for an upgrade on a new home, it is likely that they are just going to use a more expensive version of the same cheap windows. Yes, they may have a little bit more quality to them, but that does not necessarily mean that they are going to be the best option available for you as a homeowner.
As far as the actual cost of cheap windows, that can vary greatly, depending upon what you want. Most hardware stores or lumberyards are going to have cheap windows available that range from anywhere from $180 to $280 apiece, depending upon the options you want with the windows. You're also going to end up spending around $100 each to have the windows installed.
When determining the cost of installing cheap windows, should you always consider the fact that a more expensive option can be installed? Actually, there are some reasons why inexpensive windows may be chosen by the homeowner. For example, if you are going to sell the property, it is unlikely that you are going to want to install expensive windows that will last for many years. In most cases, you are going to be interested in upgrading the windows by installing inexpensive options so that the house is more likely to sell. This is the same reason why builders use less expensive windows. Builders will typically warranty the home for a year and that is all you can expect from a low-cost window before any problems may start to appear.
Different types of windows fall into a specific price categories. Generally, aluminum windows that are not upgraded are going to be considered inexpensive. There are also many companies that sell low-cost windows, including Danvid windows, Pella Vinyl windows, Anderson Vinyl windows, Ameritech Vinyl windows, Burris and Associates Vinyl windows and MI Industries Vinyl windows. When you talk to one of our experienced representatives at Executive Window Services, we can review all the options available for inexpensive windows and also provide other options available for upgrades that may be of interest to you.
Although most people tend to look at the money that is going to come out of their pocket when determining the cost of cheap windows, this is not the only factor you should consider. If you're going to be living in the home where inexpensive windows are installed, you need to think about their performance over the long term. This not only includes how long they are going to last until they need to be replaced, it also includes the amount of extra money that you are going to be spending on higher energy costs.
Initially, you may end up saving money by installing cheap windows. You certainly are going to cost less for the product, although you may end up spending the same price on installation. The best thing that you can do is to look at the various options you have available. Why not give the professionals at Executive Window Services a call? We can review the options open to you and help you to find something in your budget that will work the best for your needs.