In my area there are always several dealers selling windows cheap on craigslist. Occasionally you’ll see a private individual with windows from a remodel project or ??? for REALLY cheap. Other than that, Home Depot American Craftsman in stock windows are pretty reasonable.
Contact the siding and gutter companies in your area. Ask if they supply windows, if they do I can guarantee they will have windows on clearance leftover from orders never picked up…You may have to adjust the rough openings a little, however if they are pretty close in size your installer should be able to brake the aluminum in a way which makes evberything look fine…
By the way…I wouldn’t pay the installer any more than $100.00 per opening…Not a dollar more.
Dont forget to ask them for a discount. They should easily give you 10% off. I got 15% off but I bought 19 windows.
The sales guy selling the windows usually has no authority to make a deal but if you bring it up and hold your ground he will shortly call his supervisor on the phone and you should get it. Atleast thats what happend to me.
If you are close to a Major City I guarantee that there is an gutter and roofing supply house in your area. Guys who install gutters and siding have to buy their coils from somewhere even if they use a machine to fabricate the gutters. Ask a siding installer where he buys his flat stock.
Larger supply houses for metal may manufacturer windows. Its worth a try.
You really need more information. What kind of windows are you looking for? New construction or remodel? Wood or vinyl? Double hung or casement? Quality or dirt cheap or in between?
I prefer the Andersen 200 series windows at about $150/opening. I think their reputation makes a difference when selling and they make a pretty good product. ANyway, $100/opening is a lot. Some of these windows I can put in in an hour.
I purchased my windows from Window World, large national chain. I paid $200 per window for installation and the window… not a bad deal I didn’t think. My property is 60yrs old so standard windows wouldn’t work. If they’re in your area I would give them a call. The guys I worked with where great; professional, reliable, and quick… installed 11 windows in 1/2 a day.
Window Word is a good option. Maybe do a Google search for custom manufactured replacement windows, then find the closest company to you. There are many manufacturer's in my area that build windows. I see signs on the road for $188 per window installed I'm a contractor and will pay them to put them in at that price.
$150 per window installation is on the high side unless it includes wrapping the alum. and hauling away the old windows. On the other hand at $150 from someone who has done good work for you you know what you are getting. Someone lse may show up to install the windows and leave with them. With construction you get what you pay for and as I do more work for people my price gets lower and lower.