How much do uPVC windows cost?
Upgrading your windows is one of the most significant investments you can make when it comes to home improvement. But when it comes to ‘window shopping’, there are plenty of aspects that we need to take into account before making our minds up on what we are going to opt for.
In the UK, uPVC windows are still the most popular choice. As well as being exceptionally energy efficient, durable and low maintenance, they are also the most cost effective choice. However, before you make your final decision for your home improvement project, it’s important to understand how much uPVC windows cost and the factors that can influence their pricing.
Understanding uPVC windows
uPVC, which stands for unplasticised polyvinyl chloride, is a type of plastic commonly used for window frames. uPVC windows are known for their excellent insulation properties, which help keep your home warm in the winter and cool in the summer. They are also highly resistant to moisture, rot, and pests, making them a low-maintenance option for homeowners.
Considerations when calculating uPVC window costs
There are several factors that can affect the cost of uPVC windows, and it's essential to consider each one before getting a quote:
Number of windows
Naturally, the more windows you need to replace, the higher the overall cost will be.
Window size and style
The size and style of the windows you choose will significantly impact the cost. Larger windows and more complex styles, such as bay windows or custom shapes, will generally be more expensive than standard sizes.
The type of glazing you select plays a crucial role in both energy efficiency and cost. Double-glazed uPVC windows are the most common choice and provide a good balance between cost and insulation. However, triple-glazed options are available for those looking for even better energy efficiency, though they come at a higher price point.
uPVC windows can be fitted with various security features, such as multi-point locking systems and laminated glass. While these enhance the safety of your home, they can also increase the overall cost.
The cost of installation can vary depending on the complexity of the job.
Extras like decorative finishes, tinted glass, or integrated blinds will add to the cost.
Higher-rated energy-efficient windows may cost more upfront but can save you money on heating bills in the long run.
Approximate costs of uPVC windows
While it's challenging to provide exact figures due to the many variables involved, here are some rough estimates to give you an idea of uPVC window costs in the UK:
A standard double-glazed uPVC casement window of around 1200mm x 1200mm can cost between £300 and £600.
Bay and bow windows are often more expensive due to their complex design and multiple panels. Prices can range from £800 to £2,000 or more per window.
For a basic, standard-sized uPVC flush sash window with double glazing, you can expect to pay roughly between £400 and £700.
Tilt & turn uPVC windows are a European-style option known for their versatility. Prices typically range from £400 to £700 or more per window, depending on size and glazing options.
uPVC vertical sliding windows (sash windows)
Vertical sliding uPVC windows, also known as sash windows, come in various sizes and styles. Prices typically start at around £700 per window for a basic, standard-sized window. More elaborate sash windows can cost upwards of £900 or more.
uPVC bi-fold windows
Bi-fold uPVC windows are known for their versatility and ability to open up spaces. Costs for bi-fold windows depend on the number of panels and the size of the opening. Prices can start at around £1,000 per sash and increase with larger or more complex configurations.
Triple-glazed uPVC windows
Expect to pay around 20-30% more for triple-glazed windows compared to double-glazed ones.
Adding features like security locks, decorative glass, or energy-efficient upgrades can increase the total cost by 10-20%.
At Yorkshire Windows we quote the best price from the outset.
Other types of windows
Costs of timber windows
Timber windows are a popular choice with homeowners looking for that traditional aesthetic, particularly in heritage areas. However, this option often comes at a higher price point compared to uPVC.
The cost of timber windows can vary significantly depending on the type of wood, style, and size. On average, timber windows can range from £500 to £1,500 per window, including installation. It's important to note that timber windows also require more maintenance, such as regular painting or staining to protect against the elements.
Costs of aluminium windows
Aluminium windows are durable and resistant to corrosion. However, like timber, aluminium windows typically come with a higher price tag when compared to uPVC.
The cost of aluminium windows can vary depending on factors like size, style, and the specific design features. On average, you can expect to pay between £500 and £1,200 per aluminium window, including installation.
Should you have to haggle?
Investing in uPVC windows can enhance your home's energy efficiency, security, and aesthetics, without breaking the bank. However, it's essential to carefully consider your requirements, including window style, glazing options, and security features, to get an accurate cost estimate.
It can be challenging knowing if you are being quoted the best price or if you are expected to haggle.
At Yorkshire Windows we quote the best price from the outset. We don’t believe in gimmicks, promotions or making you uncomfortable with our pricing.
Please get in touch and we will be happy to give you a no obligation quote, without fuss.