Window Replacement Cost: Everything You Need to Know
What does it cost to replace windows? Like any home improvement project, it varies on factors like the size of the windows, type of glass, color, grid pattern, and decor. Rates can even fluctuate depending on what part of the country you reside in. Here’s what you should know when estimating window replacement cost.
For a ballpark figure expect between $175 to $700 per window for new replacements. High-end window replacements can price anywhere from $800 to $1,200 per window.
Let’s dive deeper into the topic of window replacement costs by analyzing everything you need to know about this type of home improvement project.
Factors that Affect Window Replacement Costs
As you probably noticed in the previous section, it’s difficult to get a precise figure on estimated window replacement costs. There are so many influences that can make it more or less affordable. Until you have a professional stop by your home and do an exact estimate the replacement costs are nothing more than a law of averages.
With that being said, here are several factors that will influence the cost.
1. Window Style
2. Type of Window Material
Windows are made up of a variety of different construction materials. Vinyl, wood, and fiberglass are the three most common types used to produce windows. Then there is the type of glass you want (single pane, double pane, etc).
3. Window Features
There are new features getting introduced to make windows more energy efficient, sun exposure, quieter, etc. The types of features you select will ultimately impact total cost.
4. Number of Windows
Are you replacing all of your windows or just one room? The number of windows will affect the price. Additionally, windows that are oversized and outside the norm will cost more.
Believe it or not, cost of windows is influenced by where you live. Places that are known for having harsh weather will likely have higher costs than a climate where the temperatures are moderate and subdued.
Some homeowners want to believe window installation is a DIY project yet unlike many home improvement assignments we suggest you leave this up to the pros. Poor window installation will result in bad quality no matter how expensive the windows were in the first place. So you’ll probably need to factor in installation costs too.
We only recommend that you invest in a window manufacturer that delivers a really strong warranty. Since you are investing so much money, you deserve to get treated with a fair warranty and promise.
Studying Existing Windows for Wear
When is it time to replace your home windows? After years of owning the same home, or perhaps moving into an existing home that’s dated, you’ll notice certain red flags that indicate it’s finally time
- You notice that window(s) are failing the draft test.
- You are constantly applying caulking to the exterior to prevent drafts.
- The weather stripping is deteriorating and becoming loose fitting.
- The window(s) operate hard. They are difficult to open or shut properly.
- The frames are rotting or showing other signs of wear.
- More noise is penetrating the interior of the window than before.
- The glass doesn’t block out sun and heat as well as it used to and you notice.
Windows are nothing to take for granted. They are one of the primary components that protect you and your family from the exterior to the interior of a home.
Rotting Window Frames
Rot is ugly. When it gets a hold of your window frames, there is little you can do than replace the unit altogether. Therefore, when you begin your inspection of all the windows of your home check first for rot on the frames.
Window rot can reveal telling signs regarding not only moisture damage, but also what inspects can do to material such as wood. If the frame feels soft to touch, cracks, or shows other signs of wear there is very little you can do than replace the entire frame.
However, if the frame is still solid you can opt instead to just replace the glass of the window. In the end that might save you money.
Vinyl frames are cheaper compared to new wood frames. Vinyl also offers a longer lifespan which is good news to just about any homeowner. The lower maintenance is ideal for busy people that do not want to repaint or restain wood frames periodically.
Types of Window Replacement Options
What are some of the most common types of replacement windows on the market?
- Double Hung Windows
- Casement Windows
- Awning Windows
- Sliding Windows
- Bay Windows
- Tilt Turn Windows
- Bow Windows
For more details on each specific window type please reference our other window shopping guides.
Double Hung, Double Glazed Windows
Though it’s far from your only option right now the most common choice on the market are double hung, double pane windows.
Double hung windows take single hung windows a step further as both sashes in the window frame are operable. You can move them up and down. It presents more airflow opportunities without having to break the bank.
Standard double hung windows sell for $250 to $350 per window. It does depend on the quality of glass and type of frame. Double glazed glass windows are very trendy these days because they offer two panes to help with energy savings. Double panes will set you back about $115 to $250 per window.
Installation & Labor Costs
As previously noted, it’s not recommended for your typical homeowner to attempt and install windows by themselves. There are a lot of ways to get this process wrong and installing windows from a second or third story it is also very dangerous. Consequently, most homeowners have to also factor in costs for installation and labor.
What can you expect to pay on labor? Labor costs can be charged per hour or per project depending on the installer. It is a good idea to get multiple quotes on installation. It can vary greatly ($150 to $800 per window). The average per hour charge is approximately $40. The typical cost for removing old frames is between $50 to $250.
Window Replacement Factors
Calculating window replacement costs are not straightforward. You need to hire a professional to stop by for a quote in order to get the best estimate.
Window replacement costs are based on a number of factors including a number of replacement windows, size of windows, style of windows, and quality. The installation plays a role in your quote.