Whether you’re replacing your home’s windows because the glass is broken or cracked, the frames are warped or damaged, or they just don’t look attractive anymore, you should remember to conduct thorough research. You need to determine which type of windows work best for your daily needs and expectations, complement your home’s existing architecture and, most importantly, fit within your budget.
Replacement windows are available in several styles and can feature different upgrade options like tinting, low-e glass, insulation or impact-resistance that can affect the cost of each new window. On average, replacement windows cost around $500 per window, but depending on the type of window you choose, they generally range from $175 to over $700 per window.
Factors Affecting Residential Window Replacement Costs
While all windows may look about the same to an untrained eye, each one is created differently. With such a diverse scope of prices available, it can be difficult for homeowners to determine how much window replacements will cost. To best figure how much your home window replacement will cost and assess your window replacement needs, consider these factors:
- Style: When shopping for new windows, you’ll find that there’s a large variety of different styles, like casement, double-hung, stationary, bow, bay and more. Each style has its own benefits that can reduce or raise the cost per window, but find a window that best fits your lifestyle, design and location needs.
- Material: Popular window frame materials include wood, aluminum and vinyl that all have different lifespans, maintenance needs and efficiencies — choose a material that both suits your expectations and is budget-friendly.
- Features and upgrades: With any added feature or convenience, you can expect a higher price-tag. You can improve the efficiency and functionality of your windows with added insulation, low-emissivity glass, lamination, impact-resistance, tinting and more, but expect to pay more for these options. If you live in an area with severe natural disasters — like hurricanes or earthquakes — local codes may require you to have upgraded window features, regardless of your personal preference.
- Size: The size of your window replacement includes both the number of windows you plan to replace and special requirements — like oversized windows that may need additional construction to fit in your home. The cost of your window replacement will depend on the size of your project and any specialty products required.
- Installation costs: Labor for window installation isn’t free. Decide if you have the skillset required to efficiently and effectively install your window, or if you would be better off with a professional. Installation costs can also vary depending on where you live.
Different Window Styles and Their Average Costs
One of the biggest factors contributing to the average cost of your replacement windows is the type of window you determine best suits your daily needs, regardless of any added upgrades or other features. Prices can differ depending on how each window functions and its overall quality, but there are durable and dependable options for every type of budget and need. Popular window replacement installations for many homeowners include:
- Single-hung windows (generally $175 to $350 per window): A single-hung window is the basic, traditional window replacement option for many homeowners. The single-hung window style has two panes, but only the bottom pane, often referred to as the sash, slides open and closed.
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- Double-hung windows (generally $300 to $800 per window): The double-hung style window is similar to its single-hung cousin, but instead of just the bottom sash being able to open and close, both the top and bottom pane can move. With a double-hung window, you can have better air circulation with the windows open, and cleaning the window is easy.
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