How long does it take to get new windows in 2022?

This is the question we get in our office more than any other. Almost everyone we talk to wonders how long does it take to get new windows. We see folks posting on the site here with similar questions as well. That means it sounds like a pretty good topic for a post so lets get into it.

We’ll also look at what you should do if you’re upset about how long a current window order is taking. Fun stuff!

The world is an unpredictable place, especially lately.

So how long does it take to get new windows?

The timing for a window order in 2022 is really going to depend on what you order. If the timing is critical for you ask the salesperson about different options and the expected timing.

Sometimes an option that may sound simple can add considerable time to your order. For example, right now we’re seeing orders for custom sized patio doors taking 5 weeks longer than a standard size patio door.

For most people that’s not the end of the world, but sometimes it can matter a lot. If that was critical for you the company may be able to do some trim work to make a standard size door work. If you don’t talk about it you won’t know the options.

I would expect normal orders for common products to take 10-16 weeks right now. That’s including timing for measuring, ordering, manufacturing and installation. The manufacturing time alone will probably be 5+ weeks for most companies. Some orders come in faster but some are slower too.

One word of advice is to know that estimates of timing are just estimates.

I recently saw an order with a black exterior on the vinyl windows and a custom sized patio door. The manufacturing lead-time alone looks like it’ll be something like 6 months. Things are weird lately.

What should you do if your order takes longer than expected?

We deal with thousands of customers at my company and we hear from even more through this site. I can tell you from experience that some people choose much better strategies than others when dealing with an unexpected delay.

The first thing you should not do is throw a tantrum. Yelling and being a jerk really won’t help anything. Playing good cop bad cop with your significant other is also not particularity helpful. I promise you’re not the first one to come up with that idea.

I know you’re upset but being mad won’t help anything. The window company wants to get your order installed just as badly as you want to get it installed. You both have the same motivation.

One challenge everyone faces is that expected timing can sometimes change. If the salesperson told you the expected timing was 8 weeks and it ends up taking 10 weeks that does not mean he lied to you. More likely it means something changed.

I write this shortly after the omicron variant took over the universe. I know we had customers who placed orders before omicron who experienced delays. Sometimes a window breaks on the truck or even goes missing. Unfortunately that’s just a fact of life, things change in ways nobody expected.

What’s the best strategy to deal with an overdue order?

Based on my many years of experience the best strategy is to express your urgency to the company you bought the windows from. You should ask them what info they have on expected timing. I’d also ask them how likely they believe that information is to change. You might also ask when you should expect the next update. At least then you’ll have some idea of what to expect.

After that patience is a virtue.

Should you get a discount on your order if there is a delay?

Typically no. You don’t pay extra if the order comes in sooner than expected and you typically don’t get a discount if the order takes longer than expected. There’s no 30 minutes or your pizza’s free guarantee. That’s just not how it works.

The window manufacturers are working very hard to get orders out as quickly as possible. They’re facing the same challenges as every company with worker shortage, workers with covid, material shortages, huge increases in order volume, etc. Everything could be running fine today and 30 employees from the plant could test positive tomorrow.

I know it can be hard to hear but your best bet is just to be patient. Understand that nobody is purposely delaying your order. Also, the windows will be in the house for decades. If it takes a couple weeks longer than you expected it may not make too much difference in the long run. Even if it will make a difference in your situation there’s likely nothing that can be done.

You might also look at what is causing you to be so concerned about the timing. Maybe there’s another solution. For example, sometimes people order windows when selling their house and they worry about the order being installed before the closing.

This isn’t a huge deal. In cases like that you can just give the buyer the contract and evidence that it’s paid in full and the window company can install the windows after the closing. People do that all the time, it’s not a huge deal.

What if I haven’t placed a window order yet and the timing is important to me?

Place the order today. Do not delay. It is much better to have the windows come in a couple weeks early than a couple weeks late.

We routinely see people get a quote, wait a month, order the windows, then get upset about the timing. Or maybe they’ll place an order but then delay when it’s time to pay a deposit.

That extra time on the front end would have made a difference. We completely understand that you have a lot going on and it’s a big decision. The best thing you can do if you’re worried about timing is to make sure there are no delays on your end.

Every day you wait to order the windows adds a day on the backend. For many people that doesn’t particularly matter, but if it matters for you do not delay.

Order the windows sooner rather than later.

How can you find a great window company?

When shopping for windows I do always suggest finding a great installation company before you fall in love with any particular window model. There are plenty of great window options out there but not as many local companies that are great to work with.

To find our recommended window companies all over the country check this section. If we know someone in your neck of the woods they’ll be listed there and they’ll be happy to help.

For example, my company will send you window prices without ever sending a salesperson to your house at all. The goal is to make this process easy and it can often be easier than you might expect.

Remember, for more great window company info you can find our suggestions for the best local companies in 2022 in your area right here. There’s no need to work with a company that gives you the run-around or makes the process difficult. There are plenty of fish in the sea as they say. The best way to get started is to check out our list of great window companies.

Window Replacement Cost in 2022

How much does window replacement cost in 2022? Let’s find out!

As you’re shopping for windows you’ll find different companies will charge widely varying prices. It can be harder than ever to get real information on window prices without suffering through hours of very unpleasant sales presentations. Nobody wants to do that. We can help.

The first step to understanding window replacement cost is to understand a few basics about the replacement window industry.

What are the main factors that determine window replacement cost?

First, windows are made of different materials

The window frame material will definitely impact the price. You’ll find vinyl windows, fiberglass windows, wood windows and composite windows like Fibrex among others. The different window materials will have different costs and we’ll explore those differences below.

It would be a mistake to compare the cost of a vinyl window with the cost of a fiberglass window as fiberglass windows will almost always cost more (and fiberglass windows are often less efficient).

Second, windows are available with many options.

Once you’ve decided which window material is right for you there will still be a wide range of prices available. Sometimes people think more expensive windows are better than less expensive windows, but that’s not always the case.

Almost all windows are custom made so they can ordered in a wide range of configurations. It’s easy to see your nosy neighbor saying they bought vinyl windows from Alside for $700 per window and then a salesman gives you a quote for $1000. That doesn’t mean the $1000 guy is ripping you off, although he might be. It could mean they’re quoting different options.

For example, a black vinyl window will cost a bit more than a white vinyl window. These are important factors to consider.

Third, some companies just charge way too much.

This can be a tricky business to navigate. Many companies will routinely employ very well trained salespeople who are specifically trained to separate you from your hard earned money. Years ago I worked for a larger national window manufacturer where I dealt with these pushy contractors every day.

Window companies like that can be horrible to deal with and you’ll want to avoid them at all costs. We can help with that too. Check this section for our recommended window companies all over the country. That’s the easiest way to avoid the runaround.

Tell me about the replacement window cost already!

Ha, ok here we go.

Vinyl windows will tend to cost $500 to $1000

Of course that will depend on the configuration and then the installation will likely be in the $250 rage for a total installed cost of $750 to $1250.

That’s still a pretty wide range and the final cost will depend on a few factors. Like I mentioned above adding a black exterior to a vinyl window can add $200 – $300 per window.

Other options like grids, upgraded glass, triple pane glass will impact the price. In addition curved windows will almost always cost more than rectangular windows and some installations can be trickier than others.

You’ll definitely find companies out there charging $1500 or $2000 per window but those numbers are pretty high. If you’re getting prices like that you might want to get anther quote to compare.

Remember, a company that knows they’re offering great pricing will be happy to talk about the pricing with you. If they insist on sending a salesperson to your house who insists on spending 60 or 90 minutes on his sales pitch you should probably look somewhere else. Don’t forget, our recommended local companies are here.

Fiberglass windows will often cost $1500 to $2000 or more

The fiberglass window salesmen will be ready and willing to explain why you should pay this extra cost but it’s usually not the best deal around. They’ll make all sorts of claims about expansion and contraction, strength of the frames and much more.

In my experience none of this is based in reality. See common window sales tactics here. The one advantage to fiberglass windows is that they can look very pretty.

The salesman tends to forget that they’re often less energy efficient and sometimes have shorter warranties than vinyl windows too. If the look is the most important factor for you and you’re willing to pay the premium they may be a good option, otherwise they’re probably not.

Wood windows are also often in the $1500 to $2000 range

Often times people ask for wood windows simply because their old windows were wood. For most people wood isn’t the best window material so I’d definitely suggest talking to the company about the available options.

While we see many people initially ask for wood windows, we see a much smaller percentage actually order wood windows. When you compare the options wood windows just don’t make a whole lot of sense in most cases.

We do see wood windows in very old and historic properties and they can look beautiful in those situations.

Most people are more concerned about efficiency and longevity and wood windows don’t tend to compare very well in those areas.

Composite window replacement cost will often be $2000 or more

In my humble opinion composite windows tend to be the worst value of the bunch. They’re sort of an imitation wood, but they cost as much or more than a real wood window and they’re often less energy efficient than a much more reasonably priced vinyl window.

The sales tactics used by the composite window salespeople can be some of the worst out there as well.

When shopping for windows I do always suggest finding a great installation company before you fall in love with any particular window model. There are plenty of great window options out there but not as many local companies that are great to work with.

To find our recommended window companies all over the country check this section. If we know someone in your neck of the woods they’ll be listed there and they’ll be happy to help.

For example, my company will send you window prices without ever sending a salesperson to your house at all. The goal is to make this process easy and it can often be easier than you might expect.

Remember, for more great window company info you can find our suggestions for the best local companies in 2022 in your area right here. There’s no need to work with a company that gives you the run-around or makes the process difficult. There are plenty of fish in the sea as they say. The best way to get started is to check out our list of great window companies.

Replacement Windows in 2022

If you’re looking to buy new replacement windows in 2022 you’ll want to understand the current state of the market and the industry. Things are different than they’ve ever been before. We can help make sense of it.

It’s been an interesting few years for everyone. We’ve seen product shortages, pricing changes, labor issues and more. Here at TheWindowDog we have unique exposure to the industry nationwide. We’ll be happy to help you navigate the process of picking, ordering and installing the best new windows for your home.

Topics we’ll be covering here include:

Remember, our replacement window information comes from our 15+ years of industry experience. In addition we have a nationwide network of window installers, contractors and industry leading window manufacturers. That’s why we say there’s no better source of replacement window information on the entire internet!

What should I do next?

When shopping for windows I do always suggest finding a great installation company before you fall in love with any particular window model. There are plenty of great window options out there but not as many local companies that are great to work with.

To find our recommended window companies all over the country check this section. If we know someone in your neck of the woods they’ll be listed there and they’ll be happy to help.

You can also find the best replacement window reviews on the entire internet. You can also find info on the most common window sales tactics here. That’s always been one of the most popular sections on the site.

Remember, for more great window company info you can find our suggestions for the best local companies in your area right here. There’s no need to work with a company that gives you the run-around or makes the process difficult. There are plenty of fish in the sea as they say. The best way to get started is to check out our list of great window companies.