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What Determines the Cost of Windows?

New windows can be a great upgrade for any central Indiana home, but they’re also an investment that should be carefully considered. The types of windows you choose, their size, their features and the materials they are made from can all affect their final cost. To stay within your budget, it is important to know the factors that determine the cost of windows and where you may be able to trim the costs.

Window Styles

The types of windows you choose can significantly affect the cost. From a distance, single-hung and double-hung windows can look similar, but because double-hung windows have more moving parts, they can cost more.

Garden, casement, bay and bow windows all have features that, while attractive and desirable, can drive up costs. Fixed windows cost a bit less than operable windows, but they can be a bargain in areas that just need a bit of natural light.

Window Size

Smaller windows use less material and will be less expensive than larger windows. As you move from single-and double-hung windows to picture windows, bay windows and bow windows, the costs increase dramatically.

Frame Material

While the looks of real wood windows may be attractive, their costs and longevity compared to other materials can make them a less desirable option. Vinyl and fiberglass tend to be less expensive but quite durable. Aluminum costs less than all three, but it may not have the aesthetic appeal of other materials.

Glass Options

Single-pane windows are the least costly option, but they can waste a lot of energy over the window’s life span. Double-pane windows, triple-pane windows, insulated glass, argon-filled glass and low-E coatings all add to the initial cost, but they can help save money and energy throughout the window’s service life.

Structure

A standard fixed, single-hung or double-hung window will be simple and easy to install, with minimal material and labor costs. But once you start upgrading to garden, bow or bay windows, you’ll need to consider the structure of both the window and the surrounding wall; some homes will need additional labor to support the weight of the window, which can add to the price.

Other Factors

Other things that can increase the costs of your windows include custom materials or finishes, structural changes that require framing or insulation and installing new construction windows in an existing home.

Request a Quote for Replacement Windows in Indianapolis or Muncie

When you want high-quality replacement windows at competitive costs, turn to our team at Overhead Door Co. of Indianapolis & Muncie. We feature top-quality replacement windows in a range of styles, including single-hung, double-hung, casement, sliding, bay and bow windows and more. All of our windows include professional installation to provide the best performance and efficiency. Our company has been in business since 1921, proudly serving Indianapolis, Muncie, and the surrounding communities.

Would you like an accurate estimate for your replacement window costs? Call our experts at 317-489-0825 in Indianapolis, 765-215-2932 in Muncie, or contact us online to request a quote today!

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