Entry Level Cost Of UPVC Windows


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Entry Level Cost Of UPVC Windows

The entry level cost of uPVC windows will range from $200 to $350 installed. This will include both the price of the window and professional installation. This assumes a low to mid price (and quality) on the installation itself.

-- Complete Price Range: $200 to $350 installed --

Entry Level Window Cost

Low end vinyl windows are almost by definition lower end extrusions. Vinyl extrusions are a mix of roughly 85% pvc pellets and 15% additional materials (most with long, confusing names but for the most part they are basically heat stabilizers and pigments) and an extruder can use lesser quality ingredients in order to cut costs. What you get are some inconsistencies, either in the color or the consistency. However, over the past decade there has been less and less of actual inferior materials (due to the AAMA certification program) so this is really a pretty minor issue.

Where you will see real differences is in the actual thickness of the extrusions. In order to keep prices low, uPVC extruders will use thinner walls. This is one area where the Europeans and United States extrusions differ significantly. In Europe, the vinyl extrusions are typically much thicker, which doesn't seem to affect the durability of the window, but it does have a big impact on the performance numbers (how well the window insulates the home). The less thick the wall, the less well the window will insulate a home, which also affects heating and cooling bills.

The final area where lower quality extrusions differ than better ones is in how many chambers they have. The more chambers and how they are reinforced (either with steel, aluminum or composite materials) will have an effect on the overall strength of the frame. The chambers can be foam filled for added strength and for some increased u-value.

-- $150 to $250 --

Entry Level Installation Costs

Most homeowners who purchase a lower end upvc window are not going to pay top dollar to have it installed. More likely, they will spend towards the bottom of the range of installation prices, somewhere between $50 and $100 per window opening. Homeowners should avoid the low range here because this will probably get you lots of shortcuts by the installers, such as bad insulation practices around the window opening, simply mounting the window with screws through the frame etc. $100 per opening should buy a thorough, no frills installation where the job is done well, i.e. proper insulation, stops are replaced, frame properly mounted, window is shimmed and leveled correctly, etc.

-- $50 to $100 per opening --

Total Project Cost

The total project pricing on entry level upvc windows is $200 to $350. This includes the cost of the window and the installation from a professional installer. Explore high window prices here.

-- Complete Price Range: $200 to $350 installed --

Entry Level Cost Of uPVC Bays & Bows

Entry level Upvc bow and bay windows will run anywhere from $900 to $1,500 fully installed.

-- Total Price: $900 to $1,500 installed --

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