Window Frame Repair Cost

How much does it cost to repair a window frame?

Window frames protect your home from the elements and play a significant part in your home heating and cooling costs. Keep your home healthy by ensuring window frames are free from gaps and cracks. Most homes have window frames about 40 by 55 inches.

Cost breakdown

  • Labor: the labor to repair a window frame depends on the type of frame damaged and the size of damage. Expect labor to cost $35-$65 per hour.
  • Broken wooden window frame: a broken wood window frame should be patched with the wood or wood composite that the frame was made from. This can take up to 2 hours of labor ($130) and patches or filler wood ($50-$250) for a total of $180-$380.
  • Broken vinyl 1 or fiberglass 2 window frame: a cracked or damaged vinyl 1 or fiberglass 2 window frame can be patched with fiberglass 2 gel and color matched to match any vinyl 1 or fiberglass 2 color. This takes 3 hours of labor which will cost around $200 according to a national fiberglass 2 and vinyl 1 restoration company. Patching and color matching will cost around $400. This places the total at around $600.
  • Broken aluminum window frame: repair a broken aluminum window frame by reglazing the frame. Reglazing the sash can take up to 2 hours ($130) and can be expected to cost $350 according to the professionals at Home Depot. This is expected to cost $480.

Enhancement and improvement costs

  • Replace window frames: upgrade rotten or destroyed window frames with a low-maintenance solution and lower energy costs. This has an average cost of $1000.
  • Remove and dispose old frames: the costs to remove and dispose of old windows costs around $75-$250 per window. This includes transporting the window to the disposal location.

Additional considerations and costs

  • Broken or leaking nail fin: nail fins are strips of small nails used to attach a window frame to the wall. Sometimes, these fins may break or corrode and need replacement. Replacing the nail fins typically costs $65-$120, however, the area on the frame may need to be repaired, or the frame may need to be replaced.
  • Lead 3 paint is a concern in homes built before 1978. Ensure that lead 3  paint is removed appropriately for around $8-$15 per sq.ft.

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Remodeling Terms Cheat Sheet

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1 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
2 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
3 Lead: A naturally occurring heavy metal that is highly toxic to humans, and has been used in paint, gasoline, piping, and other applications

Cost to repair a window frame varies greatly by region (and even by zipcode). To get free estimates from local contractors, please indicate yours.

Labor cost by city and zipcode

Compared to national average
Atlanta, GA
+24%
Aurora, CO
+10%
Austin, TX
+13%
Baltimore, MD
+12%
Batavia, IL
+28%
Brooklyn, NY
+16%
Charlotte, NC
+6%
Chicago, IL
+40%
Cincinnati, OH
+6%
Cleveland, OH
+7%
Cocoa, FL
-16%
Colorado Springs, CO
-3%
Corpus Christi, TX
+4%
Denver, CO
+1%
Detroit, MI
+16%
Elizabeth, NJ
+39%
Florence, SC
-14%
Gilbert, AZ
-2%
Gooding, ID
-41%
Henderson, NV
+10%
Houston, TX
+24%
Indio, CA
-6%
Iola, KS
-44%
Kansas City, MO
+4%
Lakewood, CA
+16%
Las Vegas, NV
+7%
Lexington, KY
+1%
Los Angeles, CA
+11%
Louisville, KY
-7%
Milwaukee, WI
+12%
Minneapolis, MN
+25%
Oakland, CA
+36%
Philadelphia, PA
+40%
Phoenix, AZ
0%
Roosevelt, NY
+31%
Sacaton, AZ
-27%
Sacramento, CA
+8%
Saint Louis, MO
+16%
Saint Petersburg, FL
-11%
San Antonio, TX
-4%
San Diego, CA
+11%
San Francisco, CA
+53%
San Jose, CA
+33%
San Ramon, CA
+35%
Santa Ana, CA
+20%
Seattle, WA
+9%
Silver Spring, MD
+25%
Spring, TX
+24%
Staten Island, NY
+26%
Sugar Land, TX
+63%

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