Window Replacement Cost Guide

Windows can last for more than a decade or two, so you may not have given your windows much thought unless a baseball has recently landed in your living room. However, there are a few reasons why you might want to replace your windows, particularly if they are old or damaged.

Leaky or cracked windows can allow a significant amount of heat to escape, increasing the cost of your energy bills. In contrast, rotted or damaged windows can become unstable and pose a safety hazard.

The overall cost of replacing a window varies depending on its size, style, and material. A custom or bay window, for example, can cost upwards of $1,000, whereas a storm window can cost as little as $50. Still, in general, you can expect to pay between $50 and $1,000 for the window itself, plus an additional $200 for labor.

Do you want to replace a window in your house? Here’s a detailed post on what to expect from the procedure.

Factors Influencing Window Replacement Prices

The type of window, the material of the window frame, and the type of window, which we will discuss in the following sections, are two of the most important factors influencing the cost of a window replacement. Here are a few more important factors to consider when determining the cost of window replacement:

  • The cost is determined by the location of your windows, as windows on the ground floor of any building require less labor to replace than the basement and upstairs windows.
  • The age of a home can raise labor costs because older homes may have non-standard window sizes and structural issues that necessitate more careful installation;
  • Window frames that require additional insulation and waterproofing will cost more.
  • Aside from the style of the window, the type of glass itself can affect the cost. Tinted, tempered, and safety glass is slightly more expensive than standard glass, and larger or unusually sized windows are even more costly. Double-pane windows, which come with two layers of glass, are more expensive than single-pane windows, but they effectively block sound, heat, and cold air.

The good news is that replacing windows in an existing home costs less than installing them during new construction. Using retrofit window replacements rather than full-frame windows with a nail fin that your house already has will save you significant money.

What are the prices of various window framing materials?

A window’s framing material is exactly what it sounds like: the structure between the window’s glass and the walls around it. This material determines the appearance of a window, its energy efficiency, ease of maintenance, and cost.

Vinyl

Vinyl window frames are the most common due to their durability and low cost. This PVC material is an excellent insulator, resulting in an energy-efficient window. It isn’t the most durable or aesthetically pleasing option, but it is the most cost-effective. Replacement of vinyl windows typically costs between $100 and $900, but the average replacement cost is between $400 and $600 per window.

Aluminum

Aluminum, a strong and lightweight metal, is a popular choice for window frames due to its resistance to bending and warping. Unfortunately, it is not a good insulator, resulting in a less energy-efficient window. Aluminum window frames typically cost between $275 and $1,285.

Wood

Wood windows have a classic appearance, so many homeowners choose wood as a framing material. Wood does not expand or contract with heat, so you can repair individual parts of the frame rather than replacing the entire window. However, because wood can crack, peel, and warp, you may be stuck with multiple repairs in the future.

Wood frames can range in price from $150 to $1,300 per window, depending on the type and quality of wood used, with the average being around $600 to $700.

Composite

Composite window frames, made of wood fibers and polymers, are among the most durable. They are as energy-efficient as vinyl, lowering energy bills by insulating window openings, but slightly more expensive than wood, ranging from $300 to $1,300 for each window.

Fiberglass

Fiberglass window frames come with the energy efficiency of vinyl and the strength of aluminum, and they can be painted to look like painted wood. The disadvantage is that they are more expensive than any of the other listed materials, with the cost of replacing a fiberglass window ranging between $500 and $1,500.

How Much Do Different Window Styles Cost?

Along with framing materials, the type of window influences window replacement cost. The common types of windows and their replacement costs are listed below.

Picture

Picture windows, also known as fixed windows, are made of a single sheet of glass in a non-opening frame. On the other hand, picture windows frequently have unique sizes and shapes, which means you may require a custom window, which can cost between $80 and $800 to install.

Single-Hung

A single-hung window has an upper fixed pane of glass and a lower pane that slides up and down or swings inward. These are popular, low-cost windows typically found only on the ground floor. Installing one of these windows typically costs between $100 and $400.

Double-Hung

A double-hung window is the same as a single-hung window, except that the top sash can slide down or swing open. These are a bit more expensive than single-hung windows, with replacement costs ranging from $150 to $650.

The bay and the bow

A bay window is made up of three large panes of glass set in an angled frame that extends out from the side of the house. Because of the different glass sizes, these windows are typically quite expensive to replace, with replacement costs ranging from $500 to $2,500. On the other hand, Bow windows are made up of at least five large panes of curved glass and typically cost at least $1,000 to replace.

Casement

Casement windows are generally operated by a hand crank that rotates on a left-to-right axis. A window replacement will cost between $150 and $1,000, depending on the size of your casement window. An awning window is a casement window with a hinge at the top that costs between $420 and $760 to replace.

Glass Block

Glass Block Windows is most common in bathrooms because it lets in light while providing privacy. Again, size and shape will play a significant role in glass block window replacement costs, typically between $400 and $1,100.

Sliding

Sliding windows are single- or double-hung windows that open horizontally rather than vertically. The cost of replacing standard-sized sliding windows ranges from $150 to $600, but replacing full-size sliding glass doors ranges from $1,000 to $2,500.

Skylight

Because of the relative difficulty of installation, skylight windows are expensive to replace. Expect to pay between $900 and $2,400 for a skylight window replacement, depending on your skylight’s size, shape, and style.

Storm

Storm windows are glass panes installed inside or outside existing windows to protect them and provide additional insulation. They can be either permanent or temporary. A single storm window isn’t that expensive to replace, typically costing between $150 and $450. However, most homeowners choose to protect all their home windows, costing up to $5,000.

How to Determine the Cost of Window Replacement

Decide on the type of framing material you want as you budget for window replacement. Choose a material that complements the interior decor of your home and provides adequate insulation for the climate you live in. You should also know how many windows you would like to replace. Finally, consider labor costs, as professional installation is recommended. After you’ve budgeted for your window replacement, consider the following options to save even more money:

  • Look for “contractor-grade” or “builder-grade” windows from major window manufacturers; these will be high-quality but less expensive than “architecture-grade” windows.
  • Stick to standard window styles and shapes that don’t include extra features you might not need or use, as these will be less expensive than custom windows.
  • Obtain multiple quotes from professional window installers to negotiate a reasonable price.

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Window Replacement Cost by Window Size

Larger windows are generally more expensive to install than smaller windows. However, custom-sized windows in specific shapes, such as an octagonal-shaped window with a diamond grille pattern, can be more costly than a standard-size window, regardless of size.

The cost of labor also impacts the overall cost of a window. A bay window can be so heavy that it takes four people to lift the frame. Furthermore, bay windows have three to five separate windows inside the frame, which can raise the cost of installation.

Window Replacement Cost by Location

The location dictates the complexity of an installation and the size of the window. For example, a window installed on the second or third floor will cost slightly more than a window installed on the ground floor.

Because window installers will need to replace windows on both the inside and outside of your home, installing a window on a higher floor can be more difficult than installing a window on the ground floor, necessitating additional equipment and scaffolding.

The material used on your home’s siding can also affect installation costs. Replacing windows in brick walls can be more difficult than replacing windows in exteriors with vinyl siding; this is due, in part, to the fact that installing a window in a brick wall necessitates very precise measurements.

Conclusion

Many professionals agree that replacing all of their windows at once is the best option if a homeowner can afford it. The installation team can complete the entire task in a couple of days. There is less paperwork, less time, and less stress when you do all of the windows at once.

Frequently Asked Questions 

What is the cost of installing common window types?

A window replacement typically costs between $150 and $750 per window. Double-hung or casement windows, which are very affordable, are the most commonly installed. A large wooden bay window would be more expensive to install and could cost up to $2,550 or more. The brand of window you select can also affect the price. Some of the best window brands provide extensive warranties and are known for producing high-quality products.

Is it worthwhile to invest in new home windows?

Installing new windows is worthwhile, depending on what you hope to gain from them. Replacement windows add value to your home by increasing its resale value, energy efficiency, and overall aesthetics. If it is within your budget to incur replacement window costs, you will undoubtedly reap the benefits based on a few factors.

Is the cost of installing different types of window frames different?

You can select from five different window frame materials for replacement windows. Each has another price point, which will affect your installation costs. Aluminum, composite, vinyl, fiberglass, and traditional wooden window frames are examples of window frame types. Each has a slightly different window style, energy efficiency, and durability.

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Rostislav Shetman is the founder of 9Kilo Moving. He has been in the moving and relocation industry for more than 25 years, making him an expert in his field. Rostislav started as a helper, dispatcher and driver and has worked his way up to owning his own company. He takes great pride in his work and enjoys helping people relocate across the United States of America. When he's not working, Rostislav enjoys spending time with his family and friends. They are the light of his life and bring him happiness every day.