There are many ways to value engineer your window package to get the most for your money. We’ve created the top 5 ways to help you save money on windows (and doors) for your home. Most of the time, when you begin window-shopping (literally) you normally have a window schedule in hand with dimensions, style and operability fairly well planned. Here’s a list to work within those “set plans” to make several small edits that can add up to big savings for your bottom-line.
1. Operable vs. Fixed Windows:
Plain and simple, fixed windows cost less than operable windows. Consider adding enough operable windows to each room to provide adequate ventilation. Once ventilation is accounted for (i.e. operable windows), changing out the rest of the windows to fixed units will maintain desired views, natural light and overall design, plus you save money!
2. Glass to Frame Ratio:
A general misconception is the smaller the window the cheaper –Not true. The more glass you have per frame the less it costs per sq.ft. to manufacture. For example, a 4’x4’ window costs the same to produce as a 2’x2’ window. In addition to price, a smaller window has a lower performance value compared to a larger expanse of glass, since the glazing is the highest performing element within a window. So, when you enlarge your windows (with Glo), you save money and get a higher performing window unit. That is without a doubt a win-win scenario.
3. Multiple Windows vs. Large Windows:
Since we’ve removed the misconception of “smaller is cheaper” it is safe to assume that fewer, larger windows will save money. For example, if you have a row of windows, enlarging each window, requiring fewer windows to maintain the design aesthetic will create a more comfortable price point for your window package.
4. Eliminating Mullions:
The two main reasons mullions are used are for aesthetic and two, operation (i.e. one fixed window mulled to an operable window). Mullions cost more to produce and can save you money by eliminating them from the design plan. An easy way to do this is by replacing two mulled-together windows with one large window. If operability is the goal, consider adding a tilt function (or tilt & turn function) to the larger window (we make operable windows up to 4’x8’ –that’s a big window!). This way you keep the function but eliminate the manufacturing and materials cost of the mullion and aesthetically gain large beautiful windows.
5. Choose Inswing Doors:
This is the easiest way to save on your doors. The hardware for outswing doors is more expensive and can raise the overall price of a window and door package with little regard to your bank account. By selecting an inswing door rather than outswing, you save money and no one is the wiser.