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Builder Grade Windows

Builder grade windows are a lower end window that is often sold to builders or developers who are putting up new housing developments and looking to save on costs. In most cases, it is a single hung vinyl window that doesn't include any upgrades or add ons found on a higher end window. However, a builder grade window can also refer to wood clad, fiberglass or composite window - the key point is that the builder grade window is a lower end unit.


Basics

Most window manufacturers offer 3 basic grades of window models - their entry level, their mid range and their premium line. The entry level is often referred to as their builder's grade window. These windows may or may not be poorly made, depending on the manufacturer and materials used. With the best case scenario, the builder grade is simply a no frills window that lacks any upgrades or add ons. In the worst case scenario, the builder grade is a poorly designed and crafted window that will likely have problems down the line.


Costs

Lower end or builder grade windows will definitely be less expensive than the mid range and premium lines. Typically they will not offer better value for the consumer. The best value for most consumers will be the mid range window option, which often uses a better frame, materials and parts that will last considerably longer than the lower end option.

Builder Grade Vinyl Windows: $200 to $325 full installed

Builder Grade Fiberglass Windows: $300 to $425 full installed

Builder Grade Aluminum Windows: $300 to $425 full installed

Builder Grade Composite Windows: $275 to $450 full installed

Builder Grade Wood Clad Windows: $300 to $550 full installed


Builder Grade Window Examples

Amerimax Masters Grande

Atrium 6000

Simonton Relections 5000

Great Lakes Uniframe

Jeld Wen Builder Vinyl











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