Windows can make a home more comfortable, light and airy while offering functional purposes such as keeping out the heat and cold. They can only do this when they are in optimal working order. If your windows need replacing, you may be wondering how much they cost. In this post, we'll explain the various factors that can affect the price.
The importance of quality windows
When your windows are not up to par, they cannot effectively stop heat from transferring through the pane, so in summer, the heat will come in, and in the winter, the heat will escape. This will result in higher electricity bills as your heating and cooling system has to work harder to maintain a desired temperature inside the home. Older styles of single-paned glass aren't up to today's glass standards, and you'll likely be paying more than you could if you were to install better quality glass. Another reason why the quality of your windows is so important is that they keep your home safe from intruders. While better quality glass won't stop potential thieves altogether, it can deter them. If your glass or windows are broken or provide an easy point of access into your home, this makes your home more vulnerable to thieves as they are more likely to target your home than others with more secure and stronger fitting glass and windows.
Different types of windows
Windows don’t just come in a one size fits all type. There are many different types of windows. Here are some of the more common ones:
- Fixed Pane Windows: Fixed pane windows look like traditional windows, featuring glass and a window frame, however, they do not open.
- Sliding Windows: This is the most common type of window found in Australian homes. They are two panes positioned in horizontal frames next to each other. Usually, one window can slide to the other side to enable the window to open.
- Single-Hung Windows: Single-hung windows are another common type of window and they have one pane positioned on top of the other. The lower pane can be lifted to let in air.
- Double-Hung Windows: Double-hung windows are essentially the same as single-hung windows, the only difference is that you can move both windows.
- Louvre Windows: Louvres consist of several sections of glass panels that can be adjusted individually to let in light and air.
- Casement Windows: Casement windows open wide which is great if you want to let a lot of light and airflow into the space.
How much can quality windows save you?
By replacing your single-paned windows with high-quality glass, you can save yourself up to $600 a year on your electricity bills. Whilst they do cost more to install, you'll quickly recoup your investment with the long-term savings you will make over the years. This is better for the environment too. If your window frames are in otherwise good condition, you can replace the glass only which can save you some money when upgrading.
Factors that can affect the price of new windows
Many things can affect the price of your new windows, here are some of them:
- How big the windows are
- Whether you need a frame and glass replacement or pane alone
- The type of glazing you choose
- The style of windows
- The type of framing material you choose (if required)
- How many windows you are replacing
How much do new windows cost?
Here is a breakdown of the average costs of having new windows installed:
Every glazier and glass company have different rates however, on average, you can expect to pay anything from $70 to $100 per hour for labour costs. Materials and supplies cost extra and will be determined based on the service you are having carried out. The better quality glass, fixings and frames you choose, the most costly it will be. The glazier may offer a slight discount if you are having a bulk number of windows installed at the one time.
Windows at the cheaper end
An entry point double glazed window starts at around $150 plus installation costs. This is typically for a small fixed window with basic framing.
Windows at the higher end
If you are choosing bigger windows that feature high-quality glass and framing, you can pay up to $1,300 per square metre.
How much does glass alone cost?
If you are happy with your framing and you are only looking to upgrade your glass, this can lower the overall cost.
Here is a general guide to give you a basic idea of what you can expect to pay. Prices typically start from:
- Float glass: $35-$40 per square metre.
- Low iron glass: $145- $150 per square metre.
- Double glazed glass: $200 - $220 per square metre.
- Low emission glass: $210 - $230 per square metre.
- Laminated glass: $300 - $330 per square metre.
What to look out for when hiring someone to install your new windows
When choosing your Brisbane Window Installer, it’s important that they do a good job to ensure maximum efficiency and bang for your buck.
It is always wise to check the credentials of any tradesperson you hire. They should be a qualified, licenced, and insured glazier. This can give you peace of mind that you will end up with a quality finish. All glaziers need to install glass to comply with the relevant Australian Safety Standards (AS1288 and AS2208), for both windows and doors.
Before choosing a glazier, it is a good idea to ring around to ensure you are getting the best price.
Installing new windows is beneficial in more ways than one
New windows can be beneficial in more ways than one! They can help to keep your home more comfortable, reduce your energy bills and make your home more secure from potential theft. You don't only have to wait for your windows to be damaged before replacing them. The initial cost can save you money long-term, making them a worthwhile investment.
If you have been wanting to get new windows for your home, contact the glass professionals here at True Blue Glass. We service all of South East Queensland and are happy to provide friendly advice on your glass replacement options.
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