If you have old drafty windows in your house, it may be time to replace them. On average, the cost to replace one window is $350 – $650 for vinyl. One wood replacement window will cost about $590 – $870 installed. Prices are for a minimum quantity of 10 units.
How much you spend depends on the window size, style, type and material, as well as installation charges.
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Estimate replacement window prices for: double hung, casement, picture, bay / bow and garden windows. You can select: vinyl, aluminum, wood or fiberglass windows.
Other options include: low-E / argon, grids, inside trim, exterior trim (copping) and window build quality. It is possible to estimate prices for multiple windows at once.
How to use the calculator
1) Enter the number of windows
2) Select material: (Vinyl, Wood, Fiberglass or Aluminum).
3) Choose energy efficiency options: Low-E, Argon Gas, Low-E and Argon, or None. NOTE: Most state building codes require the use of Low-E glass.
4) Build quality: this setting is primarily for VINYL windows, and sometimes applies to fiberglass windows. Wood and Aluminum windows from the same manufacturer are usually of the same quality.
Having high quality construction is VERY important to the long term performance of your windows.
Basic vinyl windows are constructed using mechanical assembly – this means that all frames and sashes are screwed together. This compromises the dimensional stability of the window and will quickly lead to difficulties in opening / closing the window, as well as air leaks and energy loss.
Additionally, the weather-stripping in basic windows is of very poor quality, as is the lifting mechanism and locks. We do not recommend this type of window
Medium quality usually offers fusion-welded frames and sashes, better quality weather-stripping, locks and sash sliding mechanism. However, it usually does not include insulated frames. Also, frames are typically made from a lower gauge vinyl.
Best quality usually means the most durable / strongest frame, all fusion welded parts, more weather stripping and sometimes Triple Glazing for the highest energy efficiency. These windows will last the longest, and will continue to operate at their original condition for a long time. However, improved quality comes at a higher cost.
5) Trim in most cases, you can reuse existing STOPS (interior trim around window frame). If you need / want new stops, this will cost you about $5-10 per linear foot, with materials and installation. If you have bare (painted) wood exterior window casing, it is recommended to wrap it with flat-stock aluminum (Copping). This will protect your wood against rot and will eliminate the need for painting.
6) Grids are optional: we included pricing for most common “Colonial” type of grids.
The estimated replacement cost is for NEW windows. Data is compiled based on Harvey’s and Alside vinyl and wood windows catalog pricing, without contractor’s discount. It reflects an approximate price that most homeowners would pay to a contractor for buying these windows.
Labor is also included in the total quote, and reflects the average window installation cost across the US. Your local prices will vary depending on the contractor you hire and local economic conditions.
How much does it cost to replace windows?
Typically, homeowners spend $575-1,050 on a single window, depending on the material used, complexity of installation and other features of the window. Thus, replacing 10 windows costs $5,750 – 10,050.
It is possible to install windows for a lot less as well. For example a single hung vinyl window from Crestline Select 250 Series costs around $395 installed.
Keep in mind, that while vinyl windows are considered to be budget quality, there are also expensive vinyl windows out there, which are much better made.
For example, Pella 350 Series vinyl windows can cost up to $800 each depending on the type of window you select. Windows in this series boast an Energy Star Most Efficient Windows in 2018 rating, more durable vinyl material, and triple pane glass.
If you are looking for premium windows, wood is a top choice. Prices for wood windows start at $635 each and can go up to $2,000+. Windows made of premium wood, such as cherry or mahogany cost at least $950. Anderson is one of most popular and recognized wood window brands.
Professional installation charges for a single window range from $130 to $240. Most window installers charge $175 per window. However, installing high end systems, such as bay windows will cost at least $450-700.
These quotes are to install a window with the existing frame in place. Building a new frame can increase your costs by as much as 100%.
Moreover, if your existing frames are damaged or warped, the installer will charge extra to make the necessary repairs before proceeding with the installation.
Overall, larger window sizes as well as any shapes other than a rectangle will be more expensive, both for the product itself, as well as labor.
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How to choose the right windows for your home
Because there is such a huge variety of window options, it can be overwhelming to figure out exactly what you need. Here are a few tips that will help you buy quality windows for a good price.
1. Consider local climate
If you live in a region with cold weather, winds, snow, etc, triple-pane windows offer the best protection and insulation. They are filled with a mix of gases, such as argon and krypton. They are about 15% more expensive than double pane and are offered in most premium window lines.
However, if you live in a milder climate, double-pane windows will work just fine. They also have a sealed air space that contains gas, for improved insulation. There are also single pane windows, which are the cheapest. However, they are too flimsy, provide almost no insulation and are rarely installed today.
2. Purpose of the window
When choosing your window style, consider how you plan to use it. Some windows provide fresh air, because you constantly open and close them. Others create a beautiful view of the outside.
Single hung windows only have the lower sash that opens. These are the cheapest windows, but they don’t provide the best view, and are hard to clean. They are also typically installed on the first floor of the house. Second floor installation is not safe for babies and children – they can fall out.
Double hung windows have the lower and upper sashes open. Both sashes also tilt for easy cleaning. These are the most popular and user-friendly windows. They come in a wide range of material, color and accessory options.
One downside is that the sashes provide an obstructed view. They are not the best match for modern architectural house styles.
Casement window opens out using a crank. There are no sashes to obstruct the view, making this window ideal for any home style.
A disadvantage is that the cranks wear out and need to be replaced. A similar option is awning windows; they open up and out, using a push arm instead of a crank.
Sliding window is primarily used for a deck or a patio. It is not a popular choice in other locations because the sashes obstruct the view. Moreover, the sliding mechanism is difficult to keep clean.
Fixed or picture window provides a beautiful view and extra light. This type of window is available in a variety of sizes and shapes, such as oval, square, octagon and rectangle. It does not open, so its primary function is decorative. Large picture windows can cost well over $1,000.
Bay & bow window is the most expensive, beautiful window style. It is usually found in luxury residences. Typically central windows are fixed, while the side windows open up. You can order a bay system with as many windows as you want.
Most homeowners opt for factory-made sets that can be customized to their needs. A more expensive option is to custom build the framing of the bay and install individual windows.
3. How long do you plan to live in your house?
Replacing many windows can cost thousands of dollars, especially when installing higher quality products. Before spending so much money, consider whether you intend to stay in this house or condo for many years. If you do, then its best to invest in good quality windows by best brands like Milgard, Simonton, and Jeld-Wen. On the contrary, if you plan to move in the next 3-5 years, it may not be financially wise to install expensive windows.
Moreover, if you are in the process of selling your home, and it has very old, beaten up windows, it is advisable to replace them with mid-range quality windows. This will make most buyers very happy and likely more interested in your property.
Remodeling Magazine estimates that the average return on investment for a window replacement project is about 75%. Of course, this depends on the quality and brand of windows, value of the house, and local real estate conditions.
4. Take your house style into account
Often the window material you should choose will be determined by your house style. Older homes that have wood window frames typically call for wood windows. Vinyl will look very cheap and out of place.
However, in the majority of homes that are not high-end or historic, you can safely install single or double hung vinyl windows, especially if you are on a tight budget. If you want better quality, and don’t mind spending extra, fiberglass windows, such as Marvin Integrity windows are a great option.
5. Energy efficiency
If you don’t want to waste energy and money on heating and cooling costs, its advisable to get energy efficient windows. Look for the R-value rating on different window products; higher R-values indicate better efficiency.
Typically, double-pane windows have an R-value of 2 to 4. Triple pane windows have an R-value as high as 5 to 7.
However, in most locations, there is no need for triple pane windows. This is because you will not realize much energy savings compared to the extra cost of these premium windows.
Since potential annual savings on heating and cooling costs are only about 2%, you will recoup the cost of this upgrade only in about 30 years. Most people don’t stay in their house for that long, so its not worth the investment.
6. Personal style and preferences
You personal taste and the interior design of your home will help determine your window style. There are beautiful options in casement, bay, picture, double-hung, sliding windows. In addition to looks, its also important to consider how frequently you plan to open the window.
Take into account the ease of the opening and closing mechanism, as well as where the window will be located in your home. For example, sliding windows provide an unobstructed view, but limited ventilation, since only half of the window opens.
Moreover, pricing is a huge factor here. The cost difference between different types of windows can be very dramatic. Single hung vinyl windows are the cheapest, with prices starting as low as $395 each.
However, double hung vinyl windows are a lot more expensive, with prices starting at $600 each. This is a difference of 34%, and adds up to thousands of dollars on a big replacement project. Fancy bay and picture windows cost 2-3 times as much as single hung windows.
How long do windows last?
Most windows can easily last 20-25 years. There is really no reason to replace them before, if there are no noticeable problems.
When house windows start to near the end of their service life and age beyond repair, you will notice the following issues. These are all signs that its time to replace your windows.
– warped, broken, or damaged framing and sashes that cannot be repaired. Wood frames are particularly susceptible to rot from moisture as well as insect infestation.
– windows no longer stay open or fully closed
– you frequently feel an unpleasant draft inside the home
If you have a very old house with single pane windows and you live in a cold climate, its worth it to install new double pane windows, to create more comfort and warmth inside the home.
Pro Tip: contrary to what many contractors, who want to make a buck, will tell you, its not worth it replace your windows solely to improve energy efficiency of the home.
If this your primary goal, then upgrading house insulation, and/or the replacing the old roof, would serve you much better. These two are much bigger culprits of energy loss in a house, compared to windows.
Another reason to install new windows can be purely decorative. Some homeowners like to get rid of windows with sashes, and instead put in large picture windows. This is often done when remodeling the kitchen, bedroom or living room to provide a nicer view.
Lastly, if you are doing a complete exterior renovation and replacing siding, your old windows may look out of place. Installing new windows that match the new siding and roof will go along away to boosting your home’s curb appeal.
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