How much does joinery cost in the United States?

Choosing joinery used to be simple; it was timber or nothing. Today the options are wider and, with so many older homes undergoing renovation, it's often a question of selecting the most sympathetic product.

Joinery pricing guide
ARTICLE Joanna Mathers

When selecting joinery, there are a few things to consider, particularly location. Coastal areas or those affected by high wind bring special issues to the table. Check the measure of thermal resistance (R-value) but remember, unless walls and ceilings are well insulated, money spent on double glazing will be wasted.

How much does aluminum joinery cost?

“Aluminium uses some of the latest innovations in efficient weather management and employs a number of practical solutions. It’s long-lasting, robust and won’t warp over time”, Ronnie Pocock, marketing manager at Fletcher Window and Door Systems. Exterior maintenance is practically zero and, with aluminum, you’ve none of the issues associated with timber joinery such as shrinking, swelling or warping.
But what about chalking? And some of those less appealing colors? Chalking can occur on older joinery, and with particular colors, says Ronnie, adding today’s powder quality and processes are far superior, “so it isn’t much of an issue.”
The color of older aluminum joinery can be changed. Aluminum joinery has undergone something of a revolution with the introduction of thermally broken products, where a polyamide barrier separates the internal and external frames. Initially, people were too slow to see the value says Ronnie, however, changing expectations and publicity around the benefits of insulation and double glazing mean cost it no longer such an issue.
The final cost of your joinery will depend on the size of your project. Additionally, hiring a joiner will cost approximately $25.50 per hour, according to neuvoo. However, this will depend on the Joiner's level of experience and what they choose to charge, should they be self-employed.
Black aluminium window joinery

Cost for aluminum joinery

Aluminum windows: From approximately $60+* per window, excludes installation. (dependent on project specifications).
Aluminum doors: From approximately $220+* per storm door, excludes installation. (dependent on project specifications)
Hire a joiner: from $25.50 per hour*

How much does composite aluminum/timber joinery cost?

Composite joinery offers homeowners the best of two worlds; the warmth of natural timber in contemporary or traditional styling inside, and on the outside, the durability and ease of maintenance of aluminum.
Composite window frames can accommodate single or double glazing, says Ronnie Pocock, at FWDS, manufacturers of the ALTI r composite product range, “although they’re not as thermally efficient as thermally broken aluminum, timber or PVC.” Double glazing will reduce condensation but, he says, for best results you need an active or passive ventilation system.
Renovators of bungalows and villas are finding composite joinery provides a solution that is respectful of the original character of the house, says Ronnie. “Particularly with additions where there is an open-plan space that’s semi-separate from the main house via a glazed walkway.”
As for pricing? Every situation is different, says Ronnie. “Different product, glass specification, wind zone, color, installation requirements – so it’s difficult to give a number." 
outer light grey joinery with inner timber joinery on glass accordion door

Cost for composite aluminum/timber joinery

Composite windows: From approximately $205+* per window, excludes installation. (dependent on project specifications)
Composite doors: From approximately $760+* per sliding patio door, excludes installation. (dependent on project specifications)
Hire a joiner: from $25.50 per hour*

How much does timber joinery cost?

Thermal ratings are critical, says Andrew Riley, GM of timber joinery manufacturers McNaughton Windows and Doors. But the R-value of timber is just one of the advantages he highlights.
“It’s also a natural and aesthetically pleasing product, offers a great variation in design, repairs easily, can change color with a coat of paint – and it’s a renewable resource with a reduced environmental impact.
“It’s encouraging that homeowners are taking an interest in embodied energy when calculating the environmental impact of their choices.”
Timber’s environmental advantage is further compounded when its longer lifespan is considered, he says.
“You only need to look at renovations on houses built 80 years ago to see that well constructed and maintained timber windows have a proven lifespan in comparison to other products.”
Cost can still be a stumbling block, however. Andrew believes the key is for renovators to know what they expect from a product and look for those features.
“Don’t let the initial upfront price determine your choice.” Despite timber frequently being more expensive than standard aluminum joinery, he says they’re increasingly hearing renovators and new home builders talk about the importance they’re placing on thermal qualities, environmental impact and durability, “all of which support and often justify the use of timber joinery.”
Quality timber joinery adds to both the indoor and outdoor appeal of contemporary and traditional home designs – but choosing hardware that ensures smooth, watertight operation is essential.
dark coloured timber joinery for several accordion glass doors

Cost for timber joinery

Timber windows: From approximately $450* per window, excludes installation. (dependent on project specifications). 
Timber doors: From approximately $1,000* per external door, excludes installation. (dependent on project specifications). 
Hire a joiner: from $25.50 per hour*

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