Replacing your windows is more or less an easy decision to make. But it can get quite expensive when you’re replacing them all. In this article, you’ll get to know the average cost of window replacement and any tips and advice we can give to you. It’s safe to assume that most of us are looking to get our money’s worth when it comes to window replacement and some of us are even on a tight budget, but nonetheless, we still want our windows to be good as new.
Let’s start off with how much is the average cost to replace a window today (2021), the average cost to replace your windows is a range in price due to size and thickness. So in today’s pricing it’s $300 to $700 for a window plus installation unless you go ultra high end its over $1,000. This is also just an estimate, an estimate based on a lot of factors like the window frame material to be used, the window type to be used, glass type, and other factors as well. Prices of each replacement window will vary widely due to these factors, as well as labor for the one who’s going to do the installation. Or, you can also do it, but it would also help you if you find and hire a licensed window installer.
You’re probably asking what these factors are and how they can determine how much your overall cost would be when replacing your windows.
Well, here they are.
Window Frame Material
When looking to replace your windows, you’ll most likely have the option to pick out the window frame material to be used. The window frame material is the structure between the glass of the window and the walls around it. This also determines how the window will look, how easy it is to maintain, and its energy efficiency. The most common window frame materials are vinyl, wood, aluminum, composite, and fiberglass.
Vinyl window frames are the most popular (commonly used), because of its affordability, durability, and it’s also energy efficient. The average price range is $100 to $900 per window, but the average replacement cost is between $400 and $600 per window. It’s also a good insulator, making it an energy efficient window.
Wood frames usually cost around $150 to $1,300 per window, it also depends on the type and quality of the wood to be used. Wood offers a classic architectural look, which is usually the reason why homeowners choose wood as their window frame material. In terms of function, it doesn’t contract or expand when exposed to heat and you can repair individual parts of the frame rather than replacing the entire window. The downside to this is that wood can actually peel, crack, or warp, which can lead to numerous repairs in the future.
Aluminum windows are both strong and lightweight, it’s also resistant to bending or warping, unfortunately, they don’t insulate as well as other window frame materials. They can cost anywhere from $75 to $1,200 per window, with some types costing up to $1,200 or more for large or high-end windows.
Composite windows are the most durable and are made from a mixture of PVC polymers and wood fiber. They’re as energy-efficient as vinyl and also maintenance-free. They can cost up to $300 to $1,300 per window.
Fiberglass window frames are more durable than vinyl and also have similar insulation properties. They are the most expensive compared to the ones listed above, they cost around $500 to $1,500 per window.
The type of window also affects the overall cost of replacing your windows. Each window type serves a specific purpose, so you’ll need to think about the window’s size, function, and look before installing the replacement window. Another thing to note is the larger the window, the more the window replacement cost will increase. The most common window types are single-hung, double-hung, picture, bay window, bow window, casement, sliding, and storm.
One of the most commonly used window types, they’re also low cost. This vertically opening window contains an upper pane of glass that’s fixed in place and a lower pane that opens or closes (slides up or down). They’re usually found on ground or first floors. The cost to install these windows usually runs up to $100 to $400.
Double-hung windows are similar to single-hung windows, except the top sash can slide down or swing open. They provide increased circulation when both top and bottom sashes are opened and offer easy access for cleaning. They’re slightly more expensive than single-hung and cost between $150 and $650 to install.
Sometimes called fixed windows, they are made from just one sheet of glass in a frame that doesn’t open. They often have unique sizes and shapes and can usually cost around $80 to $800.
Bay and Bow Windows
Bay windows usually contain three large panes of glass (flat windows) in an angled frame that extends out from the side of the house. These windows tend to cost more due to the large size of the window and also needs the expertise of a professional window installer. They can cost anywhere from $500 to $2,500. Bow windows can usually cost from $1,000 to $4,500. Bow windows consist of at least five large panes of curved glass that create a circular area. The total cost of bow window installation depends on the size of the window and the number of window panes to be used.
You can pay anywhere from $150 to $1,000 depending on the size and material type of a casement window. Casement windows are opened using a hand crank, which swings out to the side to open.
Sliding windows are like single-hung or double-hung windows but open horizontally instead of vertically. The replacement cost for standard-sized sliding windows can range from $150 to $800.
Storm windows are panes of glass installed on existing windows to protect the window and provide increased insulation. A storm window isn’t that expensive, they can cost about $50 to $450 to replace. Homeowners usually install storm windows on all of their windows and can cost up to $5,000. There are still several window types not listed but you can try searching for them and see what’s best for your home. The window frame material and type of window are the most important factors that affect the overall cost of window replacement. But these two are not the only factors that affect the cost, there’s still other things to consider like glass type, window size, the age of the home/house, the location, labor, and whether the replacement will be a full-frame replacement or retrofit replacement. Each of these determine the overall cost, so before you start replacing/installing your new windows, you need to consider all these factors before you can even start. If you’re only replacing the windows in a home, that’s good news, because it’s less expensive compared to installing them during a new construction.
There are different reasons why we need to replace the windows in our home, it can be because they’re not opening or closing like they used to, they’re letting the cold air in, or visible damage can be seen on the window, nevertheless, we all have our reasons. Knowing the overall cost of window replacement can help you in sticking to your budget for the project and avoid any surprise cost along the way. This article is about the average cost of window replacement in your home. It includes the factors that determine the overall cost of replacing your window, how they can affect the cost. It also includes the things we need to consider before we start replacing the windows in our home. Of course, the average cost to replace windows in 2021 is also included.