Storm Window Cost

How much does it cost to install a storm window?

Ramp up curb appeal and keep your heating and cooling costs down through this simple upgrade. Installing storm windows in your home can save you money, up to 33% of annual heating and cooling costs according to the US Energy Department. In the example below, costs will be determined for one standard size 38" by 58" storm window.

Cost breakdown

  • Labor: one storm window 1 can be installed in 2 hours. Expect labor to cost $35-$65 per hour. This includes removal of the old window. Expect to pay $70-$130 per window in labor costs.
  • New storm window 1: there are many different types of storm windows 1. Wood, aluminum and vinyl 2 are the most common storm window 1 frame materials. The windows can be made from glass or plastic. Glass pane types offer better visibility and longer life than plastics ones while these are most economical.
    • Aluminum frame storm windows 1 are very strong, light, and almost maintenance free however, aluminum makes a very poor insulating material.
      • Fitted with glass windows: $100.
      • Fitted with acrylic windows: $75.
    • Wood frame storm windows 1 insulate well, but they weather with age. They also expand and contract in response to weather conditions.
      • Fitted with glass windows: $290.
      • Fitted with acrylic windows: $250.
    • Vinyl 2 frames coated with stabilizers to keep sunlight from breaking down the material. They may expand and warp at high temperatures and crack in extremely low temperatures.
      • Fitted with glass windows: $185.
      • Fitted with acrylic windows: $150.

Enhancement and improvement costs

Additional considerations and costs

  • Choose an interior storm window 1 for a tight fit and maximum energy savings. These are installed on the interior side of the window.
  • Install exterior storm windows 1 for window sash protection and energy savings. These are installed on the exterior side of the window.
  • The costs between an interior and an exterior window are roughly the same for standard sized windows.

Was this guide helpful to you?
  

Remodeling Terms Cheat Sheet

Definitions in laymen's terms, cost considerations, pictures and things you need to know.
See full cheat sheet.
1 Storm window: An additional window panel, mounted outside or inside a primary window, that provides insulation and damage protection during inclement weather
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

Cost to install a storm window 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
Amarillo, TX
-15%
Athens, GA
-9%
Atlanta, GA
+24%
Aurora, CO
+10%
Brooklyn, NY
+16%
Charlotte, NC
+6%
Chicago, IL
+40%
Clarksville, TN
-13%
Cleveland, OH
+7%
Colorado Springs, CO
-3%
Columbus, OH
+5%
Denver, CO
+1%
Elk Grove, CA
+6%
Fayetteville, NC
-20%
Fort Lauderdale, FL
+2%
Fresno, CA
-6%
Garland, TX
+8%
Georgetown, TX
-5%
Gilbert, AZ
-2%
Greensboro, NC
-9%
Houston, TX
+24%
Indianapolis, IN
+6%
Las Vegas, NV
+7%
Long Beach, CA
+16%
Los Angeles, CA
+11%
Miami, FL
+1%
Milwaukee, WI
+12%
Minneapolis, MN
+25%
Mobile, AL
-8%
Naperville, IL
+47%
Nashville, TN
+21%
New Orleans, LA
+35%
Oceanside, CA
+8%
Peoria, AZ
-2%
Philadelphia, PA
+40%
Phoenix, AZ
0%
Pittsburgh, PA
+9%
Plano, TX
+24%
Portland, OR
+11%
Raleigh, NC
-3%
Sacramento, CA
+8%
Salt Lake City, UT
-6%
San Antonio, TX
-4%
San Diego, CA
+11%
San Francisco, CA
+53%
Smyrna, GA
+10%
Spring, TX
+24%
Taylor, MI
+16%
Tucson, AZ
-19%
Valrico, FL
-5%

Labor cost in your zip code

Last modified:   
Methodology and sources