Sliding Window Cost

In this guide

Size
Frame materials
Labor
Replace vs new installation
Enhancements
Additional Considerations

How much does it cost to install or replace sliding windows?

Also called a “gliding window” sliding windows 1 operate by sliding or moving horizontally, rather than out or up and down. A sliding window 1 typical consists of a frame with two sections; a stationary panel, and the sliding panel, which moves in front of the stationary panel when the window is open. Like all windows, sliding windows 1 are available in vinyl 2, wood, aluminum, and fiberglass 3 frames. The benefit of a sliding window 1 is how easy it is to operate; simply push the window to the side; there is no need to lift and no additional moving parts to become stuck. Sliding windows 1 also have the benefit of being larger than typical casement or double hung windows 4, which makes them an attractive choice for many homes.

Sliding window 1 costs range from $450 to $1300 each including installation, with a set of six new windows for the front of a home costing around $3300 to $7800. The final cost can be impacted by the size of the window, as well as on the type of frame that you choose.

Size

The size of your window will have a tremendous impact on the final cost of the installation. Sliding windows 1 start at a width of about 21-inches, with a height of 11-inches, and can be found in widths up to 114-inches and heights up to 72-inches.

The most popular size for sliding windows 1, however, is around 48-inches wide and tall. A typical sliding window 1 of this size costs around $350 on average.

Frame materials

Like all windows, sliding windows 1 can be found in range of different frame materials, each with its own benefits and attributes:

Window MaterialProsConsCost
Vinyl 2

Inexpensive

Good Thermal

Insulator

Looks like plastic

Cannot be painted

$150 - $300
Aluminum

Extremely strong

Powder coated in several colors

May have thermal performance problems$300 - $600
Fiberglass 3

Very strong

Low maintenance

Good thermal insulator

Not many choices of appearance or color$300 - $600
Wood

Traditional appearance

Good thermal insulator

Needs a lot of maintenance$450 - $600
Steel

Fire rated in several states

Very low maintenance

Not many decorative options or colors$600 - $800

Labor

The cost of labor depends partially on the size of the windows, how accessible they are - ground floor windows may be easier to install, and can cost $10 to $30 less per window installation - and how many windows are being put in. Typical labor costs for sliding window 1 installation range from $50 to $250 per window. Depending on whether or not this is a replacement and the window is a good fit or not, the installation could take from one to three hours per window on average.

Replace vs new installation

Replacement windows typically cost less to install than new installation. This is because the bulk of the work has been done - the cutting and framing of the wall, as well as the siding or finishing of the casements. New installation can take significantly longer - one to two days for installation - as well as cost a minimum of $250 to install, versus $50 for a direct replacement.


Enhancement and improvement costs

Removal, disposal, and cleanup

If you are having windows replaced, you may need to pay additional fees for the removal, disposal, and cleanup of the old windows. In many cases, these fees are factored into the final price. Depending on whether or not there are disposal fees at your local transfer station, you may have to pay an additional $2 to $3 per window to have them removed.

Solar heat control film

Large windows, like most sliders, contribute to solar heat gains in the home. One way to insulate your windows is to apply solar heat control film. This film ranges from clear to silver or mirror finishes, and can reduce heat gains by as much as 60%. A roll of film costs between $50 and $250 and can be enough to cover six 48-inch windows.

trim

If you are having new windows installed in your home, you may want to update the trim around them as well. This can usually be installed by a carpenter at a rate of around $70 per hour, or at a cost of around $100 to $175 per window.

Window screens

In most cases window screens are not included in the cost of the new windows. With sliding windows 1, only the portion of the window that slides or opens needs a screen, not the entire window. Typical screen prices for two windows costs around $40, or $125 for a set of six.

Double or triple glazed panes

If you live in an area of extreme temperature variations, you may want to consider double or triple glazing on your window panes. Triple glazed panes can reduce energy bills over standard window panes, which makes them a good investment on future energy bills. Expect to pay at least $20 to $35 extra per window for double or triple glazing.

Grill work

If you have an older home that features grill work on your windows, you may need to have this replaced as well. Wrought iron grill work is generally custom made for the windows it will be covering, but there are some readymade grills that start at around $200 per window.

Additional considerations and costs

  • Because windows need to be a tight fit to ensure that they work properly and seal out wind and moisture, it is generally recommended that you have them installed by a professional.
  • New windows may increase the energy efficiency of your home. Low-e coating, and triple glazing may contribute to lower energy bills over time.
  • Depending on your window’s location, tempered or safety glass may be required by law; areas typically required include windows located near stairs, low-level windows, and all windows if you operate a child care center out of your home. Check with your local town hall to get more information.
  • Weather stripping may need to be installed around your new sliders as well to ensure they function properly. This may add an additional $8 per window.
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Remodeling Terms Cheat Sheet

Definitions in laymen's terms, cost considerations, pictures and things you need to know.
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1 Sliding windows: An opening in the wall, consisting of a frame fitted with a glass pane, that opens by sliding horizontally
2 Vinyl: A synthetic plastic made from ethylene and chlorine. Vinyl has many applications in the construction industry and it is widely used in sidings, window frames, roofing and gutters, among others
3 Fiberglass: Plastic that is reinforced with glass fibers. The fibers may be mixed randomly throughout the plastic, or come in the form of a flat sheet, or be woven into a fabric
4 Double hung windows: A type of window with two sash, so that you can open the window at either the top or the bottom by sliding the correct sash in the opposite direction. For example, you would move one sash up to open the bottom of the window, or move the other sash down to open the top of the window

Cost to install or replace sliding windows varies greatly by region (and even by zip code). To get free estimates from local contractors, please indicate yours.

Labor cost by city and zip code

Compared to national average
Akron, OH
-6%
Atlanta, GA
+24%
Aurora, CO
+10%
Austin, TX
+13%
Bakersfield, CA
-6%
Baltimore, MD
+12%
Boston, MA
+40%
Brockton, MA
+38%
Brooklyn, NY
+16%
Burlington, VT
0%
Charleston, SC
-1%
Chicago, IL
+40%
Cleveland, OH
+7%
Colorado Springs, CO
-3%
Decatur, GA
+9%
Denver, CO
+1%
Des Moines, IA
+1%
Detroit, MI
+16%
Fayetteville, NC
-20%
Fort Myers, FL
-7%
Fort Worth, TX
+6%
Gilbert, AZ
-2%
Greenville, SC
-12%
Houston, TX
+24%
Indianapolis, IN
+6%
Jacksonville, FL
-1%
Jersey City, NJ
+23%
Kalamazoo, MI
+2%
Las Vegas, NV
+7%
Long Beach, CA
+16%
Los Angeles, CA
+11%
Louisville, KY
-7%
Memphis, TN
+11%
Methuen, MA
+19%
Miami, FL
+1%
Milwaukee, WI
+12%
Minneapolis, MN
+25%
New York, NY
+77%
Orlando, FL
+2%
Philadelphia, PA
+40%
Phoenix, AZ
0%
Pittsburgh, PA
+9%
Portland, OR
+11%
Raleigh, NC
-3%
Reno, NV
0%
Renton, WA
+9%
Richmond, VA
+4%
Sacramento, CA
+8%
Saint Louis, MO
+16%
Saint Paul, MN
+20%

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