Window Replacement Cost

How much does it cost to install or replace windows?

The cost to replace average windows depends upon type, material and finish grade, number of units, preparation and special needs, and the labor rate. 

Cost breakdown

The common material choices are shown in the following table. The Cost relationship is based on the average window of the material indicated.

MaterialProsConsCost
aluminumno paint, no rusthigher thermal transferlow or lowest

thinner framelimited types

lighter weightdifficult color matching
vinylno paint, no rustwider framelow or lowest

low/no maintenancedifficult color matching

scratches do not show

woodstylish appearancesurface maintenancehigher

best color matchingorganic material rot

no rust


The common type choices and their typical cost per single installed 48? wide x 48? tall (except Bay Window) wood-frame unit of good quality products with insulating glass include:

TypeProsConsCost
pictureunobstructed viewnon-ventilating$888

lower leakageclean from exterior
slidingventilatingsome view obstruction$1,091

clean from interior

sashventilatingsome view obstruction$1,245

clean from interiorheavier opening
casementhighly ventilatingoutward opening$1,489

clean from interiorsome view obstruction
bayincrease interior spaceexterior obstruction$2,557

ventilatingsome view obstruction

clean from interior

Additional considerations and costs

  • Typical upgrades and accessories are reviewed in the related Cost Guide.
  • These prices are for service in the immediate area of the provider.
  • Taxes and permit fees are not included.
  • If the installation requires a new opening of a wood-framed exterior wall, that work will cost from about $900 to $1,200 per window unit of 4? x 4? (or $56 to $75 per square foot generally), depending mostly upon local labor rate.
  • During contractor inspection the homeowner should be informed of any repair concerns like rot, and the cost to adapt the existing window-opening structure.
  • A project to replace more than 2 windows should enjoy a unit price discount.
  • There may be local or national subsidy for energy efficiency improvements.

DIY considerations

  • This project may not be suitable to an able and prepared DIY person with typical contractor?s tools.
  • Skillful carpentry is required, and a critical closure deadline is common.

References

  • Craftsman Estimator Costbook, complete series year 2015.
  • Latest prices found on Home Depot and other vendor Web sites.
  • Literature review of DIY Web sites.

Typical costs

$1,245

(48" wide x 48" tall wood frame sash window)

Low: $750 (48" wide x 48" tall vinyl frame picture window)
High: $2,557 (96" wide x 54" tall wood frame bay window)

Cost to install or replace windows varies greatly by region. Get free estimates from window installers in your city.

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