Window Price Comparisons
Diligent Research Pays Off When Purchasing Windows
There are many different types, styles and manufacturers of windows commercially available on the market today. Unfortunately, pricing information is often hard to come by. Manufacturers hesitate to publish prices without getting you into a showroom or sending a sales rep out to your house first. Home Improvement Educator brings you a comprehensive window buying guide complete with cost information for each.
The following is a list of popular national window manufacturers, but by no means exhaustive. We recommend thoroughly researching a window project before an actual purchase is made.
- Andersen Windows: By far the most well-known window manufacturer and one of the largest in the country, Andersen puts one of the best-built and most reliable windows out on the market. They offer windows in all styles, shapes and sizes and can customize any type of window to your specifications.
- Marvin Windows: Marvin has been one of the leading window manufacturers for over 100 years. They have been and continue to be a family-owned company that strives to build the most reliable and beautiful windows sold in America. They offer 3 separate lines of windows - an economical line, mid-grade and high-end window options.
- Pella Windows: They have been an industry leader in style and craftsmanship for decades. They offer windows in all popular types, styles, and colors and their manufacturing department offers custom windows to fit every customer's specifications.
- Jeld-Wen: A popular option for homeowners looking for an economical window solution. They offer all of the popular types of windows including double hungs, casements, awnings, and sliders. A great window option for homeowners that don't mind compromising a bit of quality for big savings.
Options Affect Price
Besides paying for a big brand name and the quality that comes with it, there are several other factors that affect the cost of windows. These include:
- Type of Glass: Insulating glass such as Low-E (low-emissivity) or gas-filled glass (often argon or krypton) dramatically improve the windows insulation properties. Laminated and tempered glass not only improve insulation but also the durability of the window. These types of glass are extremely difficult to break; when broken, however, the glass breaks into small chips, eliminating bodily injury as well.
- Window Frame Material: Many companies offer only vinyl windows due to their cheap manufacturing costs, but Andersen, Marvin and Pella (as well as smaller, niche market companies) offer windows made from aluminum, fiberglass, wood and/or a blend of two, such as vinyl-clad wood windows.
Compare Window Prices
The following prices are based solely on national averages - your exact location and proximity to a manufacturing plant may slightly increase or decrease these costs. These prices are also based on a vinyl, typical size window (30" x48" or ten square feet). Prices climb steadily higher with a larger size window.
- Expect Andersen windows to cost $300-$600 depending on the type of window. High-end Andersen windows can cost as much as $1,000.
- Pella windows cost $200-$400 for a mid-grade window. There are high-end units available and can raise costs as high as $600-$800.
- Marvin windows start at $300 and can cost as much as $1,000 for a high-end unit.
- You can purchase Jeld-Wen windows for as little as $100-$200.
- Aluminum, fiberglass, or a mixture of two materials can raise costs by $50-$150 depending on the company. Natural wood windows are by far the most expensive. A cheap wood window will cost 50-100% more than the above prices.
- Insulating glass can add 15-20% to the total cost of the window. Tempered or laminated glass raises total costs by as much as 50%.