Why do black windows cost so much?
Did you ever drive around your neighborhood, and see those trendy new black windows. And think to yourself, wow those are nice, how much do they cost? So, you decide to get an estimate from a reputable window dealer in your area and about fall over when you see the price. You may be wondering why those dark colored windows are so much money. We’re going to shed some light on what drives up the price of Black and custom color replacement windows.
Should You Use Black Vinyl Windows
A few years ago the choice was only between white, beige and clay. People choose white well over 90% of the time. There’s a reason why 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 black and white windows in our customers homes. They’re both excellent choices. White is the most popular window color for most projects. Yet, for some projects a black window is the better choice.
Why choose black or a custom painted color?
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 or a custom color is the best choice.
Cost. Black and colored windows cost more money. Usually 25-40% more, so the project needs to budget for them.
Why do black vinyl windows cost more?
Black vinyl windows are a larger investment than the standard vinyl window colors. Colored frames of any kind adds complexity to the manufacturing process. Sometimes outsourcing, adds to the cost of manufacturing. Instead of relying on vinyl extrusion where the color is solid all the way through. They have to remove the product from the production line and paint it. 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. Co-extruded vinyl is more durable and lasts much longer than a painted exterior. Think of it as a laminated kitchen countertop.
The up-charge for choosing black or custom colored window frames is here to stay. Until manufacturers launch black as a color additive blended into the vinyl. That is how white, beige and clay windows are manufactured.
The challenges with dark windows in Texas.
The number one challenge with dark colored windows 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 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 build up may cause the frames to twist. Plus, with aluminum windows the dander of getting a burn from touching the hot window frame is a concern. Another challenge is window fading from suns 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, most vinyl window manufacturers have not been making black windows for 15 years. This is an arbitrary number at best. Your black windows may last much longer, no one knows yet. Aluminum manufacturers have been making dark colors for decades. Aluminum windows will chalk and fade over time. When that happens, there is no way to fix them.
How much more does a black window cost?
All manufacturing processes are different. Some manufacturers will paint the interior and exterior of their window surfaces. While most vinyl manufacturers only offer a black exterior with a white interior. Plus, aluminum windows come in black and bronze extrusion. These different options show in the price. Here are some ranges of what a black frame will add to the coat of a 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 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 colored windows a good investment for me?
At Protex Remodeling. You should always get what you want as long as it fits into you budget and design ideas. With great financing options to make your colored windows a reality. The only thing you should be cautious of. Is the manufacturer’s warranty when it comes to colored windows and fading. New windows are a large investment no matter what color you choose. You definitely don’t want to have to spend money again in the future. To correct any unforeseen issues with the dark colored frames may have. I would recommend only choosing a co-extruded vinyl window for this reason. Black windows will give you that curb appeal that will make your neighbors jealous. When deciding on a black window. It is important that you understand the difference between a good and a bad installation. Here is a link to our post on installations. When it comes to window style and options. ProTex Remodeling offers the best choices for your home. You can see our installations on the ProTex Remodeling YouTube channel.