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Window Replacement Costs & Considerations

How much does it cost to replace windows?

The average price of window replacement depends on what types of windows you plan to have installed as well as the brand.

Below is a useful summary of the most common replacement window types and their costs. These costs include installation. Keep in mind, however, that these are averages and your results may vary. It is typically best to consult a window installation company in your area for a quote so that you can get an accurate idea as to what your replacement windows will cost, as regional pricing variations and other factors can impact the total price.

Single-Hung Windows

Also known as sash windows, these open by sliding the moving window component up and down. These can often tilt within the frame of the window as well for better air circulation. The average cost for replacing one of these (including installation) is $175-$350.

Double-Hung Windows

This type of window is similar to a single=hung window, but the main difference is that these have two movable components. These can slide not only up and down, but may be tilter outwards as well. These tend to be a bit more expensive than single-hung windows, averaging between $300 and $800 each with installation included.

Casement Windows

Casement windows typically include just one single pane that opens either outward or inward. The outward-opening casement window is a more popular choice, as it is easier to maneuver and does not come with the potential to be obstructed by window treatments or interior shelves. The average cost to replace a casement window, whether it be vertical or horizontal, is between $275 and $750.

Bay and Bow Windows

Bay and bow windows are grouped together because they are very similar in style and design. A bay window is a window that extends outwards from the home’s exterior, providing a shelf-life surface on which to place decorations. A bow window, on the other hand, actually extends from the floor outwards, which adds square footage to the home. On average, it costs between $1,500 and $3,500 to replace either of these window types. Pricing varies greatly depending on the size of the window and the number of panes used.

Awning Windows

These single-sash windows are not often found in homes, but are more common in commercial buildings. Such window types operate by swinging outward to open and lock in place, providing great air circulation throughout the space. It typically costs between $420 and $750 to replace one of these windows.

Fixed-Frame Windows

This is perhaps the most basic type of window found in many homes. The drawback to this type is that the windows do not open or provide any kind of movement; instead, they are locked in place. Due to their lack of moving parts, however, they are typically quite inexpensive to replace, ranging between $350 and $800 with installation.

Sliding/Gliding Windows and Doors

These window and door types usually consist of at least two panes, one of which is stationary and one of which is movable along a track. These are typically used for those who have outdoor patios or decks. Because these tend to be larger windows, they can cost anywhere between $325 and $1,200 to replace entirely.

Basement Windows

As the name suggests, these window types are found in basement levels of many homes. They can range in style from block windows that do not open to windows that can be cracked open to provide air circulation. Depending on the type chosen, the average replacement cost for these is between $200 and $500 with installation included. It is generally recommended that homeowners consider replacing their windows about every fifty years. However, if you have older windows that are not as efficient as modern windows, then you may find yourself needing to replace them sooner rather than later. If you are thinking about purchasing replacement windows for your home in the near future, there are a few questions that you will likely want to ask yourself. For starters, will you be replacing all of your home’s windows at once, or just a few at a time? Furthermore, what types of windows need replacing? Knowing the answers to these types of questions will help you to get a better idea as to what to expect in terms of cost.

Examples of Window Installations

Breakdown of Window Replacement Pricing

Typical costs to replace windows include the following:

  • Removal - A window replacement contractor should properly remove all existing windows. This requires work on both the interior and exterior of the home. Work may include repairing, upgrading, or replacing moldings after new windows are in place.It is recommended to have the window replacement contractor indicate all costs associated with disposal of the windows, as well as building materials.
  • Repair - Experienced window installers should be able to detect problems with leaks, mildew, or other structural issues before beginning the project. The homeowner should discuss with the contractor beforehand the necessary work that needs to be done. It is advised to sign a contract before beginning the work. Some questions you should ask are what is the price for replacing rotted framing ? What will I be charged if an entire frame needs to be rebuilt? Are there any fees for interior work? Questions like these will help you know of any extra costs associated with your window installation project.
  • Be aware of efficiency - new window installation will typically improve your home’s energy efficiency, but it is important to consider the costs of improving the efficiency of window casings. It is recommended to have the window installer seal or insulate around the window to decrease air leaks and drafts. This should help you save money on energy costs.

Incentives and Rebates for Energy-Efficient Windows

In many instances homeowners can cut the cost of window replacement with rebates. Often a homeowner can get federal, state, and sometimes utility company rebates. Click here for more information on incentives and rebates for offered through utility and state programs

Window Replacement Free Estimates

As you can see, there are many different window types out there, and all of them range quite greatly in terms of their functionality and price. Therefore, it is important to know which types of windows you need replaced in your home. From there, you can get a better idea as to the replacement costs. Still, for greater peace of mind, you will probably also want to call a few local window companies to request quotes. Often times, these are free and come with no obligation to buy. Here is more information on Andersen Window Prices.

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