Why Do Black Replacement Windows Cost So Much?

Why do black replacement windows cost so much?

Why do black replacement windows cost so much?

You may wonder – Why do black replacement windows cost so much and can I afford them? Did you ever drive around your neighborhood, see those trendy new black windows, and think, wow those are nice black windows, how much do they cost? So, you decide to get an estimate from a reputable window dealer in your area and about fell over when you got the price on the black windows. We will shed some light on what drives up the price of black windows and custom color replacement windows so you don’t have to wonder why black replacement windows cost so much?

Should I use black replacement windows?

A few years ago there were no black windows options available. The choice was only between white, beige and clay.

People choose white well over 90% of the time. There’s a reason every window manufacturer makes white their standard color. But, now we have black windows as an option. As well as custom-painted exterior colors.

At Protex Remodeling, we use both white and black windows in our customers’ homes. They’re both excellent choices if you’re searching for new windows. White is the most popular window color for most projects. Yet, for some projects, black windows are the better choice.

Why choose black windows or a custom-painted color? Why do black replacement windows cost so much?

Contrast. If the siding is light and I want more contrast, I use colored windows.

Modern. Black windows are an ultra modern look, which is often the style our customer wants for their home.

Style. If the home is modern, transitional or a modern farmhouse, then black windows or a custom color is the best choice.


Why do black replacement windows cost so much?

Usually, 25-40% more, so the project needs to budget for them.

Why do black replacement windows cost more?

Why do black replacement windows cost more? Black replacement windows are a larger investment than standard replacement window colors. Colored black window frames of any kind add complexity to the manufacturing process, so next time you’re wondering why do black replacement windows cost more? Sometimes outsourcing adds to the cost of manufacturing. Instead of relying on replacement window extrusion where the color is solid all the way through. Manufacturers have to remove the black window frames from the production line and paint them.

Most manufacturers that paint their windows use a special bonding agent. As well as special paints, engineered to perform on their specific window material. Some vinyl extrusion manufacturers use what’s called Co-Extruded frame, or Foil Wrap frame. This is a manufacturing process where the bonding of color adds to the extrusion of the black window frames. Co-extruded vinyl windows are more durable and last longer than a painted exterior. Think of it as a laminated kitchen countertop. So next time you ask yourself why do black replacement windows cost so much? Remember these facts.

Manufacturing challenges of black window frames

The up-charge for choosing black-framed windows or custom-colored window frames is here to stay.

Until manufacturers launch black as a color additive blended into the vinyl windows. Manufacturers blend black as a color additive into the vinyl windows to produce white, beige, and clay windows.

The challenges with dark windows in Texas

The number one challenge with why black replacement windows cost so much? in Texas is the heat build-up on the window frame.

Depending on the material, the window frame can exceed 210 degrees in the summer heat. The increased temperature of the black window frame puts extra stress on the glass. Often, this can shorten the life of the insulated glass unit and increase seal failures. Plus, with vinyl windows, if not installed to manufacturers’ specifications, the heat buildup may cause the frames to twist. Plus, with aluminum windows, the danger of getting a burn from touching the hot vinyl window’s frame is a concern.

Another challenge is window fading from sun’s UV damage. Painted windows are going to fade much faster than a co-extruded window. Both painted and co-extruded, only give you a 15 year warranty against fading. Keep in mind, that most vinyl window manufacturers have not been making black windows for 15 years. This is an arbitrary number at best. Your black replacement windows may last much longer. No one knows yet. Aluminum manufacturers have been making dark color replacement windows for decades. Aluminum replacement windows will chalk and fade with time. When that happens, there is no way to fix them.

How much does a black replacement window cost?

So why do black windows cost so much? The answer varies, as all manufacturing processes are different.

Some manufacturers will paint the interior and exterior of their window surfaces. While most vinyl replacement window manufacturers only offer a black exterior with a white interior. Plus, aluminum replacement windows come in both black and bronze extrusion.

These different replacement window color options are shown in the price.

Here are some ranges of what a black frame will add to the cost of a replacement window by manufacturer and material type.

Vinyl with a white interior with black co-extruded exterior. $225.00–$295.00 per window

Vinyl with a white or tan interior with a painted exterior. $265.00–$350.00 per window

Fiberglass with a painted exterior. $300–$425.00 per window

Fiberglass with a painted interior and exterior. $350.00–$450.00 per window

Fibrex with a painted exterior. $275.00–$375.00 per window

Fibrex with a painted interior and exterior. $325.00–$475.00 per window

Wood with an exterior cladding. $350.00–$700.00 per window.

Aluminum windows in black or bronze. $175.00–$5300.00 per window

In Summary: Are black replacement windows the best choice for me?

At Protex Remodeling. You should always get what you want, including black vinyl windows, as long as it fits into your budget and design ideas. With great financing options to make your black vinyl windows a reality. The only thing you should be cautious of is the manufacturer’s warranty for colored replacement windows and fading.

A new black replacement white window frame is an enormous investment no matter what color you choose. I would recommend only choosing a co-extruded black vinyl replacement window for this reason. Black replacement or white windows will give you that curb appeal that will make your neighbors jealous.

When debating why do black replacement windows cost so much, you must understand the difference between a good and a bad installation. Here is a link to our post on installations. For black replacement window styling and options, ProTex Remodeling offers only the best choices for your home. You can see our installations on the ProTex Remodeling YouTube channel.

Questions regarding your black replacement windows?

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