It is of course perfectly possible to buy a new casement window from a DIY store and fit it with the help of a trusted builder to save money. However, choosing quality over price does not mean casement window cost will be prohibitive. Individually crafted, bespoke casement windows will improve the overall draught proofing of a home and there may well be government grants available for that, such as the Warm Front scheme for over-65s example.
Casement windows cost will very much depend on what material is used. For example, wooden casement windows come in a range of different timbers, such as oak or pine. The overall casement window cost will therefore depend on the choice of softwood, hardwood or uPVC as much on whether or not scaffolding will be required to reach the part of the property where the new casement windows are to be fitted. The size of the casement window will obviously also contribute to the cost and whether or not vents are part of the window design.
Generally speaking, plain soft timber casement windows with a standard size of 630 x 750mm will cost around 300 a piece, while a soft wood casement window with a standard size of 630 x 1200mm will cost around 350 and with some companies this will include standard fitting, such as making good on plasterwork. Casement window cost will increase, if vents are required; for example, the same standard sized 630 x 750mm soft timber window will cost on average around 320, if the design includes a vent.
The old adage you get what you pay for in life also applies to casement window cost. While DIY-store bought windows may be cheaper, they rarely fit as well as bespoke, made-to-measure casement windows and are typically less durable. In conservation areas for example, casement windows need to complement window design of the other properties in the same street, which means that modern, store-bought windows are unlikely to be suitable.
How can I reduce cost?
While just one casement window is unlikely to strain the household budget, the replacement of all casement windows can obviously be very expensive. There are, however, several energy savings grant schemes around, but it does require some detective work and perseverance to get a grant.
The government’s Green Deal allows both businesses and individual home owners to make their properties more energy efficient with improvements such as double glazing and similar draught-proofing measures. Up to 3,500 per household is available, so the property owner won’t have to fund all the casement window cost up front.
The drawback of using the above scheme is that the government will only permit their own Green Deal providers, namely companies they approve, to carry out the work; these companies may either have a long waiting list or not supply the type of casement windows you would like for your property, however, signing up to such a grant scheme is one way of reducing casement window cost.