One of the most frequent comments we get from customers who are looking at a window replacement project are in reference to the wide range of prices they get when soliciting quotes from different window companies. In this article we will attempt to highlight some of the factors that determine the price your contractor is quoting to you.
- Window Companies Consider the Cost of Installation – If your current windows are in really tough shape, the wood frame around them may be rotten and need replacement. This can often double the cost of an installation. Another cost variable related to installation is if the contractor uses their own crew to do the installation or if they hire subcontractors.
- Window Companies Consider the Type of Window – If you are asking for wood windows, expect that the cost is going to be significantly higher than vinyl windows. Aluminum windows typically fall somewhere between the cost of wood and mid-range vinyl windows.
- Window Companies Consider the Style You Select – Double hung windows are going to be the most commonly installed style. Tilt out windows are going to be a bit more expensive than the double hung option, all other things being equal. The same goes for double or triple pane glass. If energy efficiency is a big concern, double pane windows are probably a must for your particular window replacement Expect to get a higher quote if you ask for impact resistant glass as well.
- Supply and Demand – General economic conditions can influence the size of the quote you receive. Like any other business, window companies will tend to charge more for a job when they are busier and have more work lined up. Overtime costs, additional installation crews and overall capacity can influence the price you receive from a contractor. If you are intent on getting the lowest price possible, consider having the work done during the slack season. In the northern regions, including Markham, Richmond Hill, Durham and Scarborough, the slow season for window replacement is during the winter months.
This list includes only a few of the variables that influence the cost of window replacement projects. In the end, the key to managing the cost of installing new windows in your home will be the credibility and competency of your contractor. If you are considering window replacement, we hope you will give Superior Home Improvements a chance to discuss your requirements with you.