American vs European windows – what are the differences?

America is famous for its innovative achievements, but when it comes to windows, Europe sets the standard. European windows are much better in terms of quality and technology, plus you’ll buy them for half the price, how can that be?

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US vs EU Windows – Construction & Popularity Differences

The most significant differences between American and European windows are undoubtedly in the design. Below are some of them.

American windows:

  • Awning,
  • Casement,
  • Double Hung & Single Hung,
  • Gliding,
  • Bay&Bow Window,
  • Picture Window (same as fixed window).

European windows:

  • Tilt & Turn uPVC Window,
  • Sliding Patio Doors,
  • HST (lift and slide window door),
  • PSK (tilt and slide window door),
  • SMART-SLIDE (very tightly sealed),
  • Bifold Door,
  • Fixed Window (same as picture window).

Looking at U.S. windows, it may seem their significant advantage is just being standardized, but are you sure? You might say that buying standardized windows is safer because you know what you’re getting; in theory, it should be cheaper. The truth is somewhat different.

The advantage of European windows is that they are tailor-made. For example, the seating depth of a window in the States is about 82,5 mm, while in Europe, it is 70 to 92 mm.

Even if you find someone to make American windows to size, their quality leaves much to be desired, not to mention the extra cost. You can use our innovative uPVC window calculator to see what the prices of European made-to-measure windows look like. You can select and price any window in 30 seconds, buy it or contact us with any questions.

European windows outclass American windows in terms of materials and technology. There is also a difference in the installation itself. But rest assured, your team will have no problem with the installation. American windows are nailed with a hammer, while European windows are attached to the wall along the perimeter. The process is quite simple, as manufacturers supply windows with an extra fin to make installation easier for American customers. If you have questions about installation, you can ask us here for free. You can also read more about nailing fin windows from Europe here.

Popularity of Windows in USA and Eu

Not sure how to read European window parameters? Learn more with our article about differences between US and European windows specifications here.

USA vs EU – Price Comparison

Without further ado, European windows are much cheaper than American ones. Although Polish windows are qualitatively superior to their rivals, you’ll usually buy them 40% to 50% cheaper. Even when it comes to the most popular models, like bay or bow windows, they come with much better quality for half a price.

Since they’re so much better, they can’t be cheaper. There’s probably a catch here, right? Not really. European windows are more affordable for several reasons:

  • Borrowed Technology – Polish manufacturers use advanced German technology, so they don’t spend resources on creating something from scratch. 
  • Low Production CostPolish labor is more than four times cheaper than American labor. You will pay a US worker $1,000 for the same work a Polish worker will do for $200. All because wages in Poland are at a completely different level.
  • Automatization – Our windows are so cheap because of our highly automated manufacturing process. We use the best and latest production machinery we acquired through funding.
US European windows price comparison

How Polish Windows Fare in The Eyes of Experts & Customers?

We have already spoken about how it looks theoretically and how much money you can save, but we would like to show you how it looks in practice. See our case study about Jacek Szewczyk and Paul Oliasz if you want to know how they saved $70.000!

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Possibilities of Buying American-Type Windows in Poland

It is worth mentioning that the Polish company Decco has developed a system allowing American windows to be produced. However, it is still being determined when this solution will be available on the market.

However, this still needs to change the fact that in the offer of Polish manufacturers, you can find similar, and often better, alternatives to typical American windows. As we see at numerous conferences, many European and Polish manufacturers are blazing trails and beginning to offer their products on the American market.

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FAQ

Can I buy European windows from American manufacturers?

Unfortunately, this is not yet a popular solution. We have contacted companies such as Andersen, Pella, and Marvin, but none sell high-quality European windows with advanced technology.

Does the heat loss coefficient count differently?

Yes, if you want to know the performance of a European window “expressed” in American terms, divide the U-factor by 5.678.

For example European Uw = 1,3 / 5,678 = 0,22

Do I need to know the dimension in centimeters?

Yes, but once again it’s not rocket science, use a metric converter.

about author

Voytech Stanowski

Founder and owner of debesto.com, company from Poland that specializes in the export of windows and doors in the B2B segment.
As a joinery distributor, debesto.com supplies windows to Germany, the Benelux countries, France, England and the British Isles, among others, but also to the USA or the Seychelles.

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debesto.com – who are we and what do we do?

1.What will I gain from working with you?

First of all, you’ll save your TIME. We will do the whole work with ordering doors, windows, gates, and blinds for you. Why should you outsource it to us? 
  • You will get products in a quality which was checked by us.
  • You don’t have to worry about meeting the deadline or financial condition of the supplier - we order the production only to verified companies.
  • We’ll find products that suit your needs - it doesn’t matter if that are windows, wooden or aluminum doors, PCV, blinds, or garage doors.
  • One complete transport at a lower price instead of a few different ones will come to the place of investment.
  • You’ll comfortably get everything done with one adviser, one invoice, one transfer, and only one place where you can (if necessary) make a complaint.
 

2. Does your company produce windows?

We aren’t just a traditional producer. We order the production of doors, windows, gates, and blinds inside of a network of selected and verified suppliers in terms of production punctuality, their financial condition, and the quality of products. We call ourselves the broker on a polish joinery market. We’ll do all of the arduous work with ordering the joinery from Poland for you. We’ll choose relevant products at an affordable price, organise safe transport and we’ll deliver the product to any address in the world. 

3. Do you have any stationary representatives in other countries?

We do not have any branches in other countries. Our office and a magazine are in Poland in Oleśnica (30 km from Wrocław).We overcome thousands of kilometers separating us from our clients owing to modern technologies. Thanks to that you’ll save your money and time because we don’t have to add any extra costs to the services or products to maintain expensive offices all over the world.

Delivery time, payment, installation, warranty

1. What is the delivery time on debesto.com?

The time of order processing is highly dependent on its specification. For example, white PCV windows, standard colors (anthracite on one side) can be ready for pick up or a shipment from 7 working days. The waiting time for nonstandard PCV colors is about 4 weeks depending on the color. The production time of PCV doors is also about 4 weeks. Aluminium doors and windows - from 3 weeks, wooden windows from 6 weeks. Furthermore, the blinds about 2 weeks, garage doors - about 3 weeks, metallic doors from 4 weeks. You’ll find estimated production time next to every product on its subpage.

2. How does the payment look like? Do I have to pay the whole amount immediately?

We suggest two forms of payment: 1. 50% of advance for production of the product and 50% shall be paid before picking up/ sending the goods. 2. 100% payment in advance. This form is much more favorable because we give you an additional 5% discount depending on the group of products.

3. Will I buy the joinery with an installation on debesto.com?

No, on debesto.com we sell only windows, doors, blinds, and gates, which we deliver to every place in the world. The installation of the windows depends on the client. We do not offer installation service because our offer is not directed to the building companies, installers, developers, and realtors that can install the joinery by themselves.

4. If the windows would be installed by a different company, do the products keep the warranty?

Yes, the only condition is installing the product in accordance with the art of assembly and applicable standards in the country of the installation in terms of the warranty.

5. Do the products that I buy have a foreign warranty?

Yes, the only condition is installing the product in accordance with the art of assembly and applicable standards in the country of the installation in terms of the warranty.

American vs European windows – what are the differences?

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