Window Replacement Cost

How much does it cost to install or replace windows?

Windows are usually exterior facing and must provide for weather and intrusion sealing as well as satisfy personal taste.

Installing or replacing windows provides a long list of benefits to homeowners, including improving home insulation, security, value, and attractiveness. Window installation and replacement is possible to DIY. In this cost guide, we take a look at the average cost of hiring professionals to install or replace windows, and the factors affecting that cost: window size, number of windows, style, location, and more.

Cost breakdown

There are many factors that will affect the price you pay to install new windows in your home. These include the type and style of windows you choose, their size, their number, and the materials they’re made from.

Window types

There are many different types of windows you can choose from. Your style choice will affect the total cost of your project. A range of prices is provided below for each window type (window materials only). Lower prices correspond with lower quality materials, while higher prices correspond with higher quality materials.

TypeProsConsPrice
Picture

Unblocked view

Low leakage

Non-opening

Exterior cleaning

$450-$880
Sliding

Opening

Interior cleaning

Some view blockage

$220-$760
Sash

Opening

Interior cleaning

Some view blockage

Heavy - harder to open

$310-$830
Casement

Wide opening

Interior cleaning

Opens outward

Some view blockage

$650-$1480
Bay

Adds interior space

Opening

Interior cleaning

Visual appeal

Exterior projection

Some view blockage

$1740-$2650
Awning

Ventilation

Privacy

Can be open during rain

Opens outward

Usually small

$90-$615
Double-hung

Partial opening - bottom or top half can be opened

Interior cleaning

Some view blockage$55-$540

Materials

MaterialProsConsPrices
Aluminum

No rust

Thinnest frame

Lightest weight

Inexpensive

Thermal transfer

Types limitation

Color matching difficulty
$75-$330
VinylNo rust, no paint

Low or no maintenance

Invisible scratches

Frame width

Types limitation

Color matching difficulty

$130-$500
WoodAppearance and style

Easy color matching

No rust

Maintenance

Wood rot

Warping

$170-$790
Steel

Strong & durable

Low maintenance

Fire & weatherproof

Weight

More expensive

$300-$1500
Fiberglass

Strong & durable

No maintenance

High insulation value

Paintable

Wood-look veneers available

More expensive

Less common

$750-$1250

Labor

Professional window installers charge an average of $35-$65 per hour. It usually takes 2 hours to install a new window (including the removal of an old window). You should expect to pay $70-$130 per window for labor.

The replacement and installation process requires a window installer to remove the existing windows, install the new ones, and clean up and dispose the old windows.

Enhancement and improvement costs

Storm windows

Storm windows are installed atop existing windows to create a second layer, thereby improving your home’s energy efficiency. They also protect your normal windows against damage during storms. The average cost of installing a storm window is $275.

Solar heat control film

This film can be applied to glass window panes to subtly tint the windows and thus lower the amount of heat that enters the home. It costs $30-$40 for a 36”x180” roll.

Trim

Installing window trim can make a new window look more polished and appealing. The average cost of installing window trim is $100-$175 per window.

Screen

Installing a window screen will block bugs and debris from entering your home when you have your window open. The average cost of installing a screen is $41.51 per window.

Additional considerations and costs

DIY

It’s possible to DIY your window installation or replacement, but it requires high carpentry skills, and the ability to complete the project very quickly so that your home isn’t unsecured and exposed to the elements.

Warranties

Many professional window installation services like Home Depot or Andersen provide lifetime or extended warranties on the window products and installation work.

Multi-window discounts

If you hire contractors to install or replace 3 or more windows, many will give you bulk discounts. Specific discount amounts depend on your contractor and how many total windows are being done.

New window longevity

If you choose to install low-quality windows, keep in mind that while you may be saving money now, you’ll likely have to pay for another installation when they deteriorate and need to be replaced. Purchasing durable, higher-quality windows can be a worthwhile, money-saving investment.

Efficiency subsidies

Your county or energy provider may provide you with subsidies or discounts if you install energy-efficient windows. Contact your energy company and local authorities to inquire about these subsidies.

Frame repair

If the existing window frame is rotted or damaged, misshapen or cracked, you can have it repaired instead of paying for a replacement. Repair costs an average of $170-$600 per window, depending on the frame material.

Creating new window holes

If you need to build a whole new window in your home, you first need to make a hole for it. Opening a hole in a wood-framed exterior wall will cost around $55 to $75 per square foot.

Location

The type of windows you choose should be influenced by where your home is located. The Efficient Windows Collaborative provides homeowners with guides on how to select the most energy efficient windows based on your state.

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Typical costs

$2320

(4 wood picture windows)

Low: $500
(4 vinyl double-hung windows)
High: $6680
(4 steel sash windows with solar film)

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

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