If you've been shopping for replacement vinyl windows for your home and find yourself getting frustrated by the wide variety of different options and prices, then you are not alone. Thankfully, there are five main things that affect window prices. Armed with a better understanding of each of them you can make the right purchasing decision. They are:

#1: The Window Glass Thickness

When shopping for vinyl windows, you have the option of single, double, or triple pane glass. Since triple pane glass inserts are a lot more expensive and time-consuming to manufacture, triple pane windows are much more expensive than their single pane relatives.

If you live in an area with extreme temperatures or a lot of noise, then it makes sense to pay the extra money for thicker glass. However, if you live in a mild climate where there isn't a lot of noise, then a single or double pane glass is perfectly acceptable.

#2: The Window Glass Type

Window glass of each thickness are manufactured with a variety of different types of glass. The most popular are:

  • clear
  • impact-resistant
  • obscured
  • tempered
  • tinted

Even though obscured glass is more expensive, it is necessary for bathroom windows. Also, if you live near a golf course, then impact resistant or tempered glass are the best options even though they are more expensive.

#3: The Style and Quality of the Hardware

Windows with high-quality hardware or hardware with a unique style are more expensive than those with more simple options. If your home has a lot of style, then these options are nice because they help your new replacement windows blend in with the overall style of your house without sticking out as obviously new.

#4: The Quality and Length of the Window's Warranty

Vinyl windows with a high-quality warranty lasting for decades will likely have a higher upfront sales price than those with a lesser or shorter warranty. If you plan to sell your home in the next few years, then this may not be a factor for you. However, if you plan to live in your home for many years into the future, then it should be a consideration.

#5: The Location of Your House

As you can imagine, the price of vinyl windows and their installation will be different for someone shopping in a posh Southern Californian city versus a small town in the heartland. Finally, while you can't exactly move your house to a cheaper market, you can always shop around to find a Vinyl Window Supplier in neighboring cities to get the best price possible.