Window prices in Austria show great differences, as shown in a mystery shopping test by Interconnection Consulting. A total of 18 window manufacturers were put under the microscope.
Increased security and better thermal insulation raise the prices of windows. There are also geographical price differences. The Burgenlanders, for example, have to dig deepest into their pockets.
Security Surcharge for Windows
Burgenland is in first place when it comes to the price of PVC windows, at 558.7 euros. Besides the leader, Vorarlberg, Salzburg and Lower Austria are also above the Austria-wide average price of 492.1 euros. The surcharge for increased security (increased window security, lockable handles) was around 22 percent in the PVC segment. The lowest offer prices for PVC windows, below 400 euros, were in Vienna.
The situation is completely different for wood/aluminium windows where Vienna leads the price spectrum with an average price of 969.1 euros. The other side of the spectrum in this segment is Styria with around 745 euros. Customers have to spend on average about 13 percent more for wood/aluminium windows with increased security than for basic security.
Large Differences in Installation
The average installation costs were 3,042 euros, whereby the price range between the federal provinces diverged very strongly. Vorarlberg was at the top with over 5,300 euros and Vienna at the bottom with just over 1,650 euros. Only one in five providers also grant discounts.
Of the approximately 80 per cent that do not grant a discount, 15.7 per cent would only offer a discount after a personal discussion or when concluding the contract, or in the case of counter-offers. Besides the security features, however, it is also the brand that has a decisive influence on the price, as the study clearly shows – concludes Panorea Kaskani, the author of the study.