How Much Does It Cost to Replace Windows?

There are many reasons to consider replacing your home’s windows. No matter the reason, figuring out the cost to replace your windows can depend on many factors.

When is It Time to Replace Your Windows?

There are the obvious reasons to replace windows, such as damaged windows, or rotting frames. There are also reasons such as adding efficiency or shoring up air leaks.
 
If you have perfectly fine windows, there’s no reason to get rid of them unless it’s for aesthetic reasons. However, here are some things that will let you know it’s time.
 

  • If you feel drafts when the window’s closed
  • If you cannot shut the windows firmly
  • If your windows have any operational failures
  • Condensation in the glass

Another way to tell it’s time to replace your windows is if your heating or cooling costs have risen. Windows pay a large role in keeping your home’s envelope intact. If you want to save on energy costs, then purchasing more energy efficient windows are a good way to go.
 

Choosing Between the Different Types of Windows

In general, there are three parts to a window you have to consider.
 

  • Style
  • Frame
  • Glass

You can change any or all of these things. Remember that each one of these things can factor into the cost.
 

Different styles and frame materials of windows

There’s a difference between the style of window and the type of window glass. Mostly, you’ll be seeking the same style as a replacement unless you’re doing a renovation. Styles can include,

  • Casement
  • Single-hung
  • Double-hung
  • Awning
  • Bay
  • Bifold
  • Louvre
  • Horizontal sliding

There are various other styles as well. These styles can consist of wood, vinyl, aluminum, fiberglass, or other materials. It’s possible to exchange one style for another, but that typically requires more work and more money.
 

Different types of window glass

Mostly, people want to change out the frame material and glass, not the whole style. There are various types of glass to consider.
 
Clear float – What you may think of as “normal” glass.
 
Tinted – Reduces glare and adds heat absorption
 
Reflective – Better at reflecting solar
 
Toughened – Safety glass that’s stronger than normal, and breaks into small, safer pieces
 
Laminated – Multi-layered glass
 
Glazed, insulated – Multiple panes of glass sandwiched together
 
Low-E, coated – Provides insulation and reflects solar radiation
 
There are more types of glass, and even different types or configurations of the ones listed here.
 

How are New Windows Installed?

The installation method of your new windows will depend on the options you choose. In general, the window installation will go something like this:

  • Inspection and measuring
  • Removal of old window (or whole frame)
  • Install new window
  • Level new window, seal it, caulk it

Steps can vary depending on the style and whether you’re replacing the entire frame.
 

How Much It Can All Cost

You need to know all the aforementioned information about windows before you can understand the answer to the price question. The truth is, the price can vary widely. It depends on,

  • Your style of window
  • The type of glass
  • The material of the window
  • The location and size of the window
  • How many windows you want to replace
  • Where the new window is sourced from
  • Who does the installation
  • The condition of the frame (rotting, deterioration, etc.)
  • Your geographic location

That’s a lot of things that can influence price. So there’s no real explicit breakdown, but there are a few average, nationwide prices quoted by some sources.
 
Some averages…
 
For replacing five to ten windows, the national average is around $5k. You can expect to pay somewhere between $300 and $700 per window. That should include the window, labor, and materials.
 
But remember the previous part about how prices can vary widely. It’s best for you to speak a professional contractor like Mac Pros about your options and prices.

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