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Aluminum Window Prices

When looking to replace their windows, homeowners have several choices. Aluminum windows are a great option that provides excellent durability, style and lasting value. They are attractive and highly customizable. Aluminum windows are one of the more expensive options, but many homeowners find aluminum windows well worth the expense.

The Costs 

  • Minimum Cost: $3.05 per unified inch
  • Maximum Cost: $4.44 per unified inch 

How Much Do Aluminum Windows Cost to Install?

Aluminum windows can cost anywhere from $400 to $1,200 per window to install. This quote includes the cost of all materials, including the glass, aluminum framing, exterior flashing and trim. It also includes the cost of labor to install the windows properly. The quote does not include the cost to build the rough opening that the window will sit in, the interior molding, or any curtains or blinds. Homeowners may need to have an initial on-site inspection done, but these inspections are generally free.

The actual amount that homeowners pay for their aluminum windows depends on several factors, including the quality of the materials purchased, the size and style of the windows, the experience of the person installing the windows and the part of the country that the homeowner lives in. Homeowners should expect to pay more for high-quality materials, custom-built windows or extra features such as improved energy efficiency.

What Options do Homeowners Have When Choosing Aluminum Windows?

Homeowners who choose aluminum windows have plenty of options when it comes to making their windows their own.

While regular aluminum windows have a frame made entirely of aluminum, aluminum clad windows are made of wood covered in a thin, aluminum sheet. Aluminum clad windows are great because they can show a beautiful wood finish on the inside with a weather-resistant and durable finish on the outside. There are several different window-opening styles for homeowners to choose from: single-hung, double-hung, aluminum casement, sliding, awning, hopper, bay and fixed. Homeowners can also choose pretty much any window shape they can think of as aluminum can easily be bent to form any shape. Common window shapes include: rectangle, circle, semicircle, octagon and square.

Aluminum windows can also be made with a variety of finishes. Finishes can be tough anodized or baked on, and homeowners can choose nearly any color they prefer. Clear anodized aluminum and bronze anodized aluminum are two popular options.  The cheapest aluminum windows are known for not being very energy efficient. Homeowners can purchase more energy-efficient aluminum windows, but they will cost more. Triple-pane windows are more energy-efficient than double-pane windows, but the extra pane may blur the view slightly.

Aluminum windows can be made in any size that homeowners request, though especially small or large sizes will need to be custom-made, which will cost homeowners more. Common window sizes include: 24 inches by 40 inches, 28 inches by 54 inches, and 34 inches by 62 inches.

What are the Advantages of Using Aluminum Windows?

Aluminum windows offer homeowners several advantages. Aluminum windows are durable and able to withstand the elements, which makes them great for areas with severe weather. They are virtually maintenance-free, offer a clean design and are lightweight. Aluminum windows offer effective noise reduction and lasting value. They can be recycled, and their narrow frames provide an excellent, unobstructed view.

What are the Disadvantages of Using Aluminum Windows?

Unfortunately, there are some disadvantages to using aluminum windows as well. They can be costly. If they're painted, the paint may chip off, exposing the metal underneath. They cannot be secured with steel or zinc fasteners, or they will likely corrode. Also, aluminum windows may pit, fade or create condensation. They must be lubricated regularly, and cheaper aluminum windows are not very energy-efficient.

What Factors Affect the Cost of Aluminum Windows?

The cost of aluminum windows can vary significantly based on a few factors. For example, better-quality windows with a greater amount of energy efficiency will generally cost more than windows that are not energy-efficient. Custom-made windows that are an unusual shape or size will generally cost more than pre-made stock windows. Aluminum windows may also cost more in certain parts of the country than in others as well.

The price of installing aluminum windows will vary depending upon an individual carpenter or company's rates. Homeowners will pay more for licensed carpenters with several years of experience and multiple certifications.

How Can Homeowners Save Money on Aluminum Windows?

Because quality aluminum windows can be expensive, homeowners often look for ways to save money on them. One route homeowners take is to buy cheaper-quality windows, although they will want to make sure the windows they choose are not so cheap that they are not effective. Homeowners can choose pre-made stock windows instead of having windows custom-made, or they can ask for discontinued, odd-lot or incorrectly ordered windows, which they may be able to get at a discount.

Homeowners can also save money on the cost of installing their aluminum windows by calling around to get price estimates not only on the labor but also on the materials. They can choose a carpenter with fewer years of experience or fewer certifications, or they can have their project completed during the off-season when companies are more likely to offer sales and discounts to obtain business.

For homeowners looking for an attractive, durable and weather-resistant window option, aluminum windows can be a great choice. They are easily customizable to fit a wide variety of home styles, and they come in a range of energy-efficiency ratings that are appropriate for several locations. While aluminum windows are not the only option, they are a very popular one, and they do offer several advantages that other window types do not. Ultimately, it is up to each individual homeowner to research what options are available and to make the right decisions for his or her home and family.

Last updated on May 5, 2016

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