Why are Replacement Windows So Expensive in Arizona?

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Have you ever wondered why replacement windows in Arizona are so expensive? Window replacement costs in Phoenix average $500 to $700 for a standard vinyl double-hung window. This can add up quickly, especially if you have a lot of large windows in your home. Most people have to make this investment at some point, so it helps to know why window replacement costs are so high. Fortunately, there are plenty of ways that you’ll gain from this investment!

Here are some key reasons why replacement windows in AZ are so expensive, and what you can expect to get from this purchase.

Cost of Materials

The materials used to make a window cost money. The higher the quality of materials, the higher the cost of the window. (Or at least this is how it should be! Make sure you work with a reputable company.)

The framing of the window is typically done in vinyl, fiberglass, aluminum or wood. Wood is the most expensive material, and vinyl is the most budget-friendly. Fiberglass and aluminum fall in the middle. But don’t be afraid to purchase vinyl windows. They are fantastic windows that are easy to install, easy to maintain and energy efficient.

Aside from the framing, you’ll also have a choice when it comes to the style of window – double-hung, single-hung, specialty, casement or sliding. Glass panes are not cheap, so windows with more glass (double-hung, triple-hung) are going to cost more.


Installation is another expense. How much you pay depends on who you hire to install your widows. Some window companies in Arizona include the cost of installation in the window price. While the price will be higher, you won’t have to pay an additional vendor.

If the windows do not include installation, you can hire your own contractor to do the work. If you shop around, you could save a bit of money. However, most people prefer to get everything in one package – the windows and the installation. It’s more convenient, and you only have to work with one company.

Glass Composition

The quality of the glass used in your windows will also make a difference in price. Here are some factors that we recommend asking your window contractor about:

  • Multiple panes. Windows with two or three panes of glass will cost more, but they offer superior insulation.
  • Low-E glass. Low emissivity glass has a coating on the surface that makes it substantially more energy efficient, saving money on your utility bills.
  • Window tints. Similar to low-E glass, window tints make your windows more efficient. They also offer additional privacy.
  • Privacy glass. Privacy, reflective and obscure glass preserves views from inside your home while protecting it from views outside.

Other Factors

It’s also important to point out that the cost of windows can fluctuate depending on where you live, how much competition there is and the current labor shortage. This is why it’s important to do your research, obtain several quotes and choose a company that stands by their work.

If you’re shopping around for new windows, put your trust in Greco Roman Construction and Design. We provide high quality window installation in Phoenix, we are accredited by the BBB and we have an A+ rating with them. We also choose premium brands like Pella, ProVia and Milgard. Contact us today for a free estimate on replacement windows.