Kay Easton | Improvement Center Columnist | December 14, 2011
Most manufacturers have a similar assortment of window types that differ by material and price point, which is why it's a good idea to shop around for different window brands.
Comparing different window brands
Most window manufacturers don't list prices on their websites. While Andersen does, the manufacturer's website also states that the base list price does not include installation, accessories, labor, taxes or delivery. Individual dealers may also charge more.
Three top companies that consistently show up in consumer reviews online are:
- Andersen. Andersen manufactures new windows, as well as replacement windows with wood interiors and vinyl clad exteriors. On their website, the base price for windows ranges from $271 to $2,362 for double hung windows. This does not include installation.
- JELD-WEN. This company offers wood, vinyl and aluminum, new and replacement windows. Prices are determined by local dealers and account for regional timber costs.
- Marvin. Marvin manufactures made-to-order wood windows. Made with fiberglass Ultrex®, other Marvin brands include Integrity for standard-sized windows, and Infinity for custom replacement windows.
Adding up the cost of new windows
You can expect to pay from $300 to $700 per window for standard replacement window inserts in existing frames, according to Costhelper.com. High-end windows start at $1,000.
Total window costs depend on a number of things, including:
- designer glass
- customizations, such as size and trim
Adding double or triple-pane glass, air or gas between the panes, sound-deadening, impact resistance and reflective glass also adds to the price. Installation is also extra.
Find free estimates
So how can you comparison shop for the best deals on windows if prices are not actually posted anywhere? Free quotes are available online. When you compare, make sure all quotes include the same costs.
You can also use general cost estimator widgets. CostOwl.com estimates that the cost of 10 windows can run from $3,000 to $8,000 for replacement windows and $4,500 to $12,000 for new windows.
You can also fill out the form on this page to find local window dealers and installation specialists in your area.