A brief guide to windows and doors, prices and brands

January 01, 2011

Your search for new windows and doors can lead to an overload of variety. From cheap replacement windows to high-end doors, it seems there is something for everyone and every budget. Approach your purchase of new windows and doors after doing a bit of homework into what constitutes value, mid-range, and premium products.

With new windows and doors, prices depend on many factors

The price you are quoted for windows and doors can depend on the size of the replacement, materials used, special features such as energy-efficient glass, custom work, installation and more. Given that there is a different window and door for every taste and budget, it is difficult to give clear estimates on price. However, certain manufacturers are known for offering value, mid-range or premium windows and doors.

Window brands divided by value

Windows typically cost between $300 and $700 each, including installation. However, custom windows or those made of high-end materials can cost up to $1,000 or more.

  • Budget-friendly. Vinyl and aluminum have surged to the forefront of the market on the basis of cheap, maintenance-free, yet reliable windows. Alside, Comfort Design Windows (also known as CDI) and Harvey are a few manufacturers that offer good discount windows.
  • Mid-range. Fiberglass, steel and composites are often found in the mid-range market. Pella, CertainTeed and Andersen offer windows that range from lower mid-range to more expensive models.
  • Premium. Wood is one of the most versatile and expensive materials for windows today, so expect to see high prices among many manufacturers. Andersen and Marvin offer high-quality wood windows, while Milgard offers premium windows of fiberglass.

What to expect from doors

Exterior doors can cost between $200 and $700, including installation. Mid-range doors can cost between $400 and $3,000 installed, while premium doors can cost $3,000 to $12,000 or more.

  • Budget-friendly. Quality, value-priced vinyl doors can be found from a wide range of manufacturers at Home Depot and Lowe's stores. Look for Therma-Tru, Pella and Champion.
  • Mid-range. Fiberglass, steel and some wood doors can fall in the mid-range of prices. Jeld-Wen, Pella, and Masonite are good brands to explore.
  • Premium. These doors are made of high-quality woods and can include custom touches. Leaders in premium doors include Marvin, Andersen and Masonite.

Take your time in determining what materials are best for your climate. Pay attention to the look of the door and how it suits your home. When it comes to windows and doors, prices matter, but so does quality and your personal taste.



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