Can You Really Get Windows for $189? Think Twice.
Those flyers that come in the mail offering replacement windows as low as $189 sound tempting, but are they too good to be true? Before you follow up on an offer for a $189 window, learn more about these deals — including the fine print often excluded from those direct mailings.
What's Included in a $189 Window?
A $189 window offer is just that — a single window, bare-bones, nothing extra.
For the $189 price point, you receive a plain window. If you want paint colors or window grids, these cost more. If you're replacing one bathroom window, for example, and you need it to match your other windows, you'll pay well over $189 to add the trim options and create the perfect match.
While installation is included in the $189 price tag, it's only a no-fuss installation. If the installer finds anything unusual — say they need to widen the window frame or they find lead paint in your old windows — you'll pay extra. Since the installer cannot estimate what they might find ahead of time, you cannot budget for hidden fees.
Some of the things that you would expect to be included in a window installation that the $189 window doesn’t cover:
- Old window removal fee
- Foam or fiberglass insulation fee
- Disposal of old window and cleanup fee
- Taxes and city permits
- Trim fee to repair any deteriorating trim around your window so that the window can be installed
- Window screen fee
- Fee to remove security bars so they can install the window and another fee to replace them
Should You Install a $189 Window?
The old saying "you get what you pay for" holds true for replacement windows.
Not Energy Efficient
One of the main reasons homeowners seek replacement windows is to stop air leaks from drafty windows, and thus decrease utility bills. If your existing window has gaps that allow air in and out, then installing any new window will reduce air leaks by creating a tighter fit.
Yet the $189 window comes with no energy saving features, such as Low-E glazing or argon gas between windowpanes. Low-E glazing repels solar heat; without it, those new windows can turn your home into a tropical greenhouse. Argon gas boosts a window's thermal efficiency. Without it, the replacement window won't deliver increased energy efficiency. You might not feel a draft when standing in front of a newly installed $189 window, but you won't realize those energy savings either.
These replacement windows are typically made from low-quality materials that last, on average, for 5-7 years. If you pay $189 per window to replace all the windows in your home, do you want to do it again in five years' time?
Aggressive Sales Tactics
Finally, let's say you have the $189 window firm out while getting replacement window quotes. Don't be surprised if the $189 company keeps calling you, or if they say their "special offer" is expiring soon and you need to act now. With something as major as replacement windows, don't be pressured into acting by a company trying to upsell you.
Ultimately, these companies expect you to upgrade from their baseline model to a nicer window, customize the paint, and add grids. In other words, they anticipate that $189 window turning into a $500-$600 window. Rather than be lured by a marketing tactic, get honest answers from the start by working with a window installer who uses a transparent pricing structure.
Why Window Nation Doesn’t Offer $189 Windows
Unlike most companies who only carry one window, we offer three windows (good, better and best) which helps us to fit each person with the window that best matches their needs and budget. But what we never compromise on is quality. Tens of thousands of customers each year choose Window Nation because our pricing is extremely competitive and our selection of products is unsurpassed.
With Window Nation, there are no surprise charges or hidden fees. It's easy to find out the EXACT price for the right windows and doors for your home. Our expert consultants will be happy to provide you a free, no-obligation consultation and estimate by contacting us here, calling us or visiting one of our local showrooms.