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How Much Does Window Replacement Cost?
Inevitably all windows need to be replaced at some point in their lifetime, whether due to improved energy efficiency, age, storm damage, or the kids hitting a ball through the glass. The average price for replacement windows is $550 per window, though you could pay as little as $50 or as much as $2,000 per window.
The variables that affect how much a replacement costs are the type of window and size, exterior trims, additional framing and repairs, labor, and accessories.
There are several levels of replacing a window. You might just need the glass replaced, which will cost about $50 when done by a handyperson, or closer to $150 when done by a glass replacement company.
Replacing a window with an “off-the-shelf” or stock retrofit window when no framing needs to get altered is much cheaper than a full-frame window replacement. Retrofit windows are designed to be installed in the existing frames and require much less repair on the exterior trims.
Completely replacing a window where the frame needs to get changed can involve many other costs and repairs on both the interior and exterior as well.
You also want to replace those old drafty single-pane windows with double-pane, double-hung windows that are more energy-efficient.
Types of Windows
The style and material of window you select is a key factor in estimating the cost of the replacement.
Vinyl windows typically start at $100 but could cost as much as $850. Vinyl windows usually seal tighter than wood, are cheaper, and more durable.
According to the National Association of Realtors, most homeowners see a 71% return on the investment in new vinyl windows through increased home value at resale.
The fiberglass window is slightly more durable than vinyl but costs $500 to $1,500. Most buyers would rather buy vinyl though because of the increased price.
With typical warranties on vinyl windows at 15-25 years, it doesn’t make sense to pay more for fiberglass in the minds of those buyers.
The price of wood windows is much higher than vinyl. Expect to pay $200 to $1,500 each for regular size wood windows. However, some people prefer wood, and when you are remodeling an older home with a classic architectural style like Victorian, wood looks natural.
Some municipalities even require wood replacement windows in classic homes.
You can also get a PVC polymer composite window that looks like wood for $500 – $1300, which is more durable than wood or vinyl and requires no maintenance.
The single-hung is the old-fashioned type window that typically only opens from the bottom. This inability to open the top window makes it more precarious to clean the exterior of windows on the second or higher floors. These windows are usually the least expensive though at $100 – $300 each.
The double-hung window eliminates the danger of leaning out to clean the exterior because the windows tilt in to make cleaning easier. Plus, you can slide the top window down to let stale or smoky air out and create better circulation. These are usually $200 to $700 each.
Casement windows are unique in that these often swing inward or outward on hinges rather than slide up and down like sash windows. An awning casement window has hinges at the top, so the bottom of the window swings in or out and the hopper style has hinges at the bottom. There are also FCR with hinges on the right and FCL with hinges on the left.
These windows open with a crank or lever and seal tighter than sash type windows. Casement windows, depending on the size and style, cost $200 to $1,300.
These are also very commonly used for egress and basement windows since they swing all the way open. Because they can swing all the way open, these windows offer great ventilation.
Picture, Bay, or Bow Windows
Large picture windows average about $1,200, while Bow or Bay windows range between $1,500 and $4,500. The price for each will depend on the material used to manufacture it and the size.
Keep in mind, these prices do not include installation. You will need to decide to DIY or hire a professional.
Replacing windows where the frame is decaying because of water damage, termites, or just old age can require more materials and time. So, expect the price of materials and labor to be more than simply replacing the window.
Contractors will charge either by the hour or by the window. When charging by the hour, the rate is usually $50 – $100 per hour. When charging by the window, the cost is often $150 – $300 depending on how much framing needs to get done.
In some cases, paint might be needed to touch up interior and exterior trim after the project is complete. The cost of hiring a painter will vary. One way to save money is to repaint the trim yourself if this is in your wheelhouse.
Try our contractor locator to find a contractor near you and get no-obligation quotes for the replacement.
The price you pay for materials will depend on what changes are necessary for the new window. When installing a window with a smaller frame, bricks or siding might need to get added on the exterior and sheetrock or other wall coverings on the inside.
The accessories used will typically have a minimal influence on how much you pay. All windows require some hardware, though most will be part of stock window purchases. Another dimension to consider is if you have a home security system with window sensors. If you do, have the security installer replace the window sensors after a new installation.
All pricing information on this page is based on average industry costs, and is subject to variance for project-specific materials, labor rates, and requirements.
- National Association of Realtors, 2019 Remodeling Impact Report, https://remodelingdoneright.nari.org/RemodelingDoneRight/media/Assets/2019_Remodeling_Impact_Report.pdf
- Josh Garskof, 5 Things to Know Before You Replace Windows, Money, https://money.com/replace-windows-need-to-know/