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We find that our prospective replacement window customers have a lot of questions, but often the most basic one is, “How much is this going to cost me?” Google search terms like “What do replacement windows cost?” are common, but it’s hard to give a definite answer because a number of factors have to be taken into account. ‘Replacement window’ is a catch-all term, and it includes an almost infinite number of possibilities. But we wanted to share some information relative to what goes into pricing replacement windows here in the Minneapolis area. It may help you to make comparisons when you’re “window shopping.”
Different Styles of Windows: You can get a variety of different styles of windows for a particular size opening – everything from the simple single-hung window to a casement or slider window. Then there are fixed windows as well such as picture and transom windows. These don’t open, and they may be less expensive because there is no hardware involved or tracks for the glass panes to glide on. But they are far less functional as a result.
Window Size: Of course, windows of the same style will vary in price depending on the size needed. Another consideration is if the window you need is a stock or standard size or whether a custom window manufactured to your specific opening size is needed. As a rule, custom windows will cost more than standard sizes.
Window Frame Material: You can expect that price will differ with the type of window frame you choose. Common ones include wood, wood clad, vinyl, and fiberglass. The frame material will make a difference in how much the windows will cost. (Some companies offer aluminum windows, but we don’t recommend them. Aluminum is an economical option but it doesn’t hold up well in our climate.)
Brand Name: The name on the window does affect the price. But here’s a good example of you get what you pay for. Some companies have a better track record with manufacturing quality products, other brands are award-winning in terms of energy efficiency, and still others are more well known. We offer a variety of window companies to choose from, but each one of them is top quality, in our opinion. You may find other window brands out there and you might find cheaper ones, but we have carefully selected each company we partner with for their quality, customer service, warranties, and more. You’ll find as you work with us that we can help you select windows from these companies to fit your budget as well as your needs.
Options: This category includes everything from number of panes of glass, type of air or gas filling, UV coating, hardware, and more. Once you’ve selected a basic window, then you can upgrade or add on to customize that window to your needs. Most add-on options will increases the cost, although with many windows you will have stock options to choose from that all cost the same.
Installation Matters: Finally, there is the cost of installation. That is in addition to the purchase price of the window itself. There is a lot of talk about windows and the prices, but the installation that goes along with those windows is going to affect the cost. Your new replacement windows are only going to be as good as the contractor you choose to install them. And you’ll find that costs vary from contractor to contractor. But what you’ll want to look at is the reputation the replacement window contractor has, any industry-related awards, and customer reviews.
Common Price Points for Replacement Windows
While we cannot guarantee any particular price (as you can see from the information above, there are far too many variables involved), the price ranges below might give you a general idea.
Window Frame Materials:
How much should your new replacement windows cost? The best way to answer that is for us to meet with you in your home and review your needs. Then we’ll make recommendations, working within your budget. We can help you choose the best replacement window option for your home.
Window Outfitters, Inc. is a licensed Minnesota replacement window company serving the greater Twin Cities metro area.
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