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Are you in the market for replacement windows but do not want to spend too much? You can find some good deals on new windows. You just have to know where to look, who to talk to and how to cut costs without compromising quality. Below are some great tips for finding the best deals on window replacements.


Choose Contractor-Grade or Builder-Grade

Home builders often choose low cost commodity windows, called the contractor-grade or builder-grade, over the more expensive architectural-grade options. Contractor-grade windows keep builders on their budget. The higher architectural-grade selection includes premium windows you see on higher cost custom homes.


Contractor-grade windows are those that meet code requirements and provide years of quality service. Brands include Pella, Jeld-Wen and Andersen. These windows are available in a range of styles, such as fixed windows, sliders, casements, single-hung and double-hung. You can also choose from window screens or between-glass muntins, in many cases. Other popular standard options include UV protection through low-e film and argon or krypton gas within the unit.


To find contractor-grade windows, you may have to do some investigative work. Talk to a building center clerk to learn about the products most used by your area’s contractors. But sometimes you can find these choices through their names, such as Jeld-Wen’s V2500 series Builders Vinyl Windows. Obviously, if you work with a window replacement company, you can ask them for contractor-grade or builder-grade selections.

Avoid Costly Extras

Window companies work like any other type of consumer product brand. They offer a range of features and upgrades to improve attributes and marketability of their products. But many of these features are not important to the overall quality or durability of windows. Good examples include:

  • Laminate exterior glass
  • Company supplied hardware
  • Between-glass shades
  • Muntins and mullions


Negotiate a Better Price

When looking for a deal on window replacements, remember that you can negotiate with your contractor or supplier. Just about everyone in the window supply chain is open to price negotiation. In fact, many window manufacturers and distributors expect you to negotiate.


The field of replacement windows is highly competitive. Honest and efficient window replacement companies have some wiggle room in their pricing. They buy wholesale products for resale to consumers with a mark-up for their own profitability. Of course, there are limits to how much of a discount you can expect. Remember, these companies have to pay for their workers, equipment and other supplies, too.


Look for Lower-Cost Material Options

If your current windows are solid wood, they rank among premium window products. But you do not necessarily have to replace them with more solid wood windows. Instead, consider fiberglass frames or solid vinyl. Instead of just choosing what was in your home before, ask yourself about your priorities. Has anyone ever closely inspected your windows to know whether they are wood, vinyl or fiberglass?


Choose from the Most Common Styles

Window replacements come in a broad range of styles, as said before. But if you choose from the best-sellers, you are more likely to get more bang for your buck. Choose from double-hung, single-hung, casement, sliders or fixed windows. These are among the cheapest. Avoid uncommon shapes, such as bay windows or circular windows.


Shop Around for Multiple Quotes

It can be hard to know what you should pay, unless you price your new windows through multiple suppliers. Obtain at least three quote. One of these will be the lowest in price. But before higher the lowest-cost contractor, check their reviews and references. Ensure they are properly licensed, too. It could be that paying a little extra for a middle-tier or even the highest-tier quote is more worthwhile, in the long run.