Behind The Cost Of Impact Windows
You may have heard the “hype” around hurricane impact windows by now. And, it’s no secret the price point for them tends to be a bit higher than your traditional home window. In reality, price drives buying decisions. Even though you may pay a little more upfront for impact windows, outside of the assured protection of your family, you actually save money, month to month, in the long run. So, don’t let the surface numbers fool you! But, just in case they do, we will outline what actually drives the cost behind impact windows, allowing you to make a proper decision on getting them installed in your home.
Driving factor #1: Size of the opening
For most, this is pretty self-explanatory. The larger the window or door, the thicker and stronger the glass needs to be to perform when tested for impact resistance. Think of it as a beam. The longer the span the bigger the beam needs to be to hold the same load. Those homes with high ceilings and large openings will see their average window cost be higher due to this.
Driving Factor #2: Type of window
Fixed windows, casements and awnings are often the most expensive type of window. This is mainly because one piece of glass covers the entire window. Single hungs and horizontal rollers have two or more pieces of glass in each window. This allows the glass to be less strong to cover the same size opening. Functionality also plays into cost. Casements and awnings are more expensive than fixed windows. Even though the dimension are the same, casement and awnings have more moving parts and hardware. This is also true of a double hung relative to a single hung. Double hung windows are more costly because both sashes move.
Driving Factor #3: Grids
Custom grid patterns – those that are not standard options from the manufacturer – can move the needle on cost quite a bit due to the manual process required to create the template and prep assembly.
Driving Factor #4: Colors
Custom colors are often very costly due to the down time required to prep assembly and run the order through the production line. There is often a fixed cost that prohibits any order, consisting of less than several hundred units, from being cost effective. Entry doors are the one exception to this rule. Custom colors can usually be run without much impact on cost.
Helpful Things To Know
Average Price Of Impact Windows
Impact Windows have an average cost of $1435, with 70% of prices falling between $800-$2445. Sliding glass doors have an average cost of $6140, with 70% of prices falling between $4200-$8230. These price ranges assume white, vinyl frames with no grids, which is the most common configuration in Florida’s hurricane prone regions. They also include materials and labor.
How To Find The Most Cost Efficient Solution For Your Home
It’s gravely important to have a knowledgeable professional who can find a viable solution that is cost-effective and serves your needs. The same opening can be filled with different windows at a very different cost. Consider what you really want out of your windows and doors and work with your professional to find solutions that give you the functionality without unnecessary cost (e.g. big picture window for view, double hung window to allow cleaning on second story).
Honesty goes a LONG way when choosing a professional to make your impact window installation work for you, your home, and your pockets. Despite how it may seem, there are window installation professionals out there who actually care about being upfront, honest, and operating with integrity.
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