You have original windows on your 10-30 year old home. Sure, they are starting to show signs of wear, they are energy inefficient and they are difficult to open but you feel only the worst one needs to be replaced.
So you start to look around for quotes. You get online, you contact friends and you look at the advertisements in the mail.
You visit various websites, you may even go so far as to look at the big box stores – but you quickly learn that they don’t make it easy because they just sell you the window – they may refer you to some contractor but they don’t do the installation and they don’t back it up with both a product and installation warranty.
Then you get hold of a full-service company like Win-Dor – a company that manufacturers your custom window, handles the installation and provides you with a all encompassing warranty covering the window and the installation. And you ask the question.
How much does it cost to replace a single standard window?
And then you say…
“A single window costs what?”
It’s a question that we get all the time and when we explain everything involved to our customers you can see the lights turn on when they “get it”.
You see, we understand the frustration homeowners face when they find out it sometimes can cost them as much to replace a single window in their home as it would two or three. And at some point it’s better to replace all the windows due to the numerous benefits.
So while it’s true that we can build and sell a single window for a very reasonable price, it is the “full service” including the installation that make a single window feel unreasonable.
There’s more to the cost than just the window.
First, all of our installers are employees and they are all paid for 8 hour days.
Our installers are based out of our Anaheim, San Marcos and Ontario locations.
We always run our install crews in teams of two. We do this for several reasons but it’s easier for installers to work in pairs. Plus, in the event there’s an on-the-job incident or injury, there is someone there to care for this person if necessary and do whatever possible to make sure the job is completed on time.
Replacing windows can be dangerous.
Aside from the hammers, saws and other power tools, did you know that when we remove your old windows the glass existing glass usually breaks in the process? And during the removal even the experts, who do this day in and day out, sometimes are cut. Accidents happen – and for precisely this reason we always install windows with a minimum of two installers. If one is hurt the other is there to provide care and get help. Plus, we’ve got insurance for this while many other companies don’t carry it leaving you, the homeowner legally exposed.
Now back to the costs.
A recent window buyer resided in Culver City. When you factor in drive time for 2 employees from Anaheim to Culver City you’ll realize that we will have 2-3 hours invested in the commute alone. Then estimate 30-45 minutes to clock in, gathering paperwork and load the materials and get on the road. Upon arrival we estimate another 15-20 minutes for on-the-job prep and setup.
Now finally we can get to work
Now, after about 2.5 hours (x2 employees) we can get to work… On average it takes two installers about 45 minutes to remove an existing window and get the new window in place.
Once they are done with the window we estimate another 30 minutes for clean-up and customer walk-through.
So here’s what we have in this case:
0.50 hours check-in/loading
1.50 hours commute to job
0.25 hours on-site prep
0.75 hours installation
0.50 hours clean-up/customer inspection
1.50 hours commute back to base
5.0 hours x 2 employees
10 man hours to install 1 window
It makes more sense to do at least 3 or 4 windows
If you were to add another 3 windows and we’d only add another 3 hours of labor 4.5 total hours of labor to the job – or 14.5 hours labor. Bigger jobs end up with install crews of 3 or 4 all traveling in the same vehicle.
Further, our employees are paid for an 8 hour day – but this job has only used 5 work hours and they can’t possibly do another job for a happy customer. So we’ve paid 2 employees for a full day to install 1 window.
And to add even more costs, add the commission to the sales person, fuel, wear and tear on the vehicle, insurance, permits if necessary, administrative costs, etc. and you can probably understand that a single window job is usually a losing proposition for everyone.
And we haven’t even mentioned covering the materials and manufacturing costs – and the need to make some kind of profit.
When you look at the true costs of doing a one window job, you are forced to realize that the minimums are necessary to stay in business. In fact, the costs are actually fairly reasonable as when we do a single window job for ~$1,000 we just about break even at best.
We have to be responsible – for our customers and our employees
Doing it for less would simply not make sense and at the end of the day – you want to work with a company that understands the costs of doing business so that they are still in business if you ever need them.
I hope that this makes sense. We’re doing the best that we can to keep our costs fair while providing you what we feel are the best replacement windows in Southern California.