Vinyl Replacement Window Prices, Costs, Reviews & Ratings
As you start pricing vinyl replacement windows, you'll soon find that the many energy-saving and easy-cleaning features available contribute to the price variations. This makes knowing all about these features -- and knowing whether they're right for you – necessary in order to get the best deal in both performance and economy.
For instance, as you would expect, name brand windows (such as Pella or Andersen Windows) are higher priced. Usually recognition and cost go hand- in-hand – the more the brand is known and trusted, the higher the price of its windows. Of course, quality also helps determine product cost. The better the quality, the higher the price. Click to use our window replacement cost estimator.
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Vinyl Replacement Window Prices
One way to cut straight to the heart of the issue is to talk to a dealer about all the different brands, window types, and features, and how they affect prices. A local window dealer would be able to give you some idea of the best windows for your area and climate, the features you can't live without, and the average prices for your area. It's his job to know, so ask.
A window dealer won't be impartial (he may be on commission and he probably has exclusive relationships with some manufacturers), but he should be able to give you some basic idea of the cost of window replacements for your area. You can then build on that foundation. Ask another dealer, visit a home improvement retailer, and scout around online.
Another good way to check and compare prices and quality is to use consumer window replacement ratings. You'll find reviews by consumers and consumer advocates online and in various publications. Some are more trustworthy than others, so use common sense. Many online forums offer all sorts of advice, glowing reports, and words of warning, and can be quite helpful. Look for recent reviews and ratings that include prices, discuss the installation process and its ups and downs, and post-installation assessments of the window's performance. If it's a professional review (by a consumer magazine), look for hard data.
Window prices do vary rather dramatically, but you should expect to pay somewhere in the range of $300 to $400 per window. Of course, this does depend on certain factors, like whether you're looking at vinyl or wood, Pella or Marvin, gas fills or no gas fills, and so on. Depending on the configuration you choose, you could wind up with home replacement windows that cost as much as $1,000 per window.
Luckily, most window hardware is quite reasonably priced. You can get a replacement screen filter for just $18, a sash lock for $3.24-$17 (depending on the finish), storm sashes for at or under $3, and window pulls, sash lifts, and casement fasteners for equally reasonable prices.