What are the Cheapest Replacement Windows?

What are the Cheapest Replacement Windows? Window Replacement

Time for some home improvement, but you’re wondering what are the cheapest replacement windows. Just like with hardwood flooring, consumers can total up a fortune in window replacements due to the multiplication factor. Take for instance a $2 difference in hardwood floor pricing. For 1000 square feet, that can total a numbing $2000 extra. The same goes for window replacements. Most homes have at least 20 windows. If they all need replacing, a difference of $100 in price can rack up a costly bill. Before you go spending a fortune on replacement windows, read the following tips.

1. Avoid the name brands. Traditional big name brands such as Pella, Andersen, Milgard, and Marvin typically have higher prices, even for their low-end windows. Do some research online to find similar windows from less well-known companies.

2. Go for common styles. The cheapest styles tend to be double-hung, sliders, fixed, and casement windows. Save some cash by avoiding fancy shapes and styles.

3. Seek out “contractor grade” windows. Anything called “architectural grade” is bound to be more expensive.

4. Avoid authorized dealers. They usually offer only one brand of windows. Without competition, the dealers can charge a higher price. That being said, don’t be afraid to comparison shop.

5. Question extra features. Low-e coating can be nice, but it often isn’t worth the extra price. Burglar latches should not cost you extra and you can save money by purchasing specialty hardware (pulls, cranks, etc.) yourself at a local hardware store.

6. Get the cheap materials. Vinyl windows are by far the least expensive windows available. Wood and fiberglass windows will cost you extra.

7. Negotiate price. Every window replacement company, even authorized dealers, will negotiate price. You can save hundreds of dollars by asking for a price 20% lower than the original. If you find a better deal elsewhere, don’t be afraid to ask them to match the price and even go lower.

Once you find the right windows, TalkLocal can help you find the best window replacement professionals in your area!

5 Responses to “What are the Cheapest Replacement Windows?”

  1. westorangelumber.com says:

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  2. staceybeck01 says:

    Thanks for all the advice. We need window replacement in Washington DC but as a couple who just bought their first home together you can probably guess we don’t want to spend a lot of money on it. Thanks for the help!

  3. Marie Bastian says:

    Thank you so much for this advice. I have been trying to find the right window replacement in washington dc, and this has given me so much helpful information!

  4. Jim P says:

    Looks like all good solid advice here. I learned a lot here and also at http://www.bestreplacementwindows.org. They weren’t selling anything just giving some insights on different window materials.

  5. Drew says:

    Good advice for saving money on your replacement windows. My advice would be to not go too cheap so that you don’t have to replace them again down the line. You want good enough protection that they will last a decent amount of time.

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