Replacing your windows is no small undertaking. It is one of the biggest expenses a homeowner will incur. But like any home improvement, it will increase the value of your home. According to Angi, window replacement costs anywhere from $200 to $1,300 per window, depending on the type of window and any related materials and perks. For that price, however, you’ll get a 68% return on investment, not to mention energy savings, a snugger, less drafty home, and the added benefit of your home looking better both inside and out.
Factors That Affect Replacement Window Cost
Other factors that will affect the replacement cost include the type of window, the window frame material, the window size/shape, the level of energy efficiency, and where the window is located. Don’t forget that labor costs add an additional $100 to $300 per window.
Type and Size of Windows
There are many types of replacement windows – double-hung, single-hung, casement, picture, sliding, swinging, bay, bow, and custom shapes. Standard sizes will be cheaper than specialty sizes/shapes. Larger windows will cost more than smaller windows.
Window Frame Material
There are many different options for window frames. Here is a breakdown of material and average prices:
Aluminum Window Frames
Aluminum windows are the most affordable, but they don’t provide much in the way of aesthetics or insulation. They typically cost from $75 to $400 per window
Vinyl Window Frames
Vinyl is one of the most popular types of frames and runs from $100 to $900 per window. Vinyl is affordable, durable, and energy-efficient. You cannot repaint a vinyl frame as paint won’t adhere well to it and will crack, peel, and chip.
Fiberglass Window Frames
These frames are a step up from vinyl. They offer similar insulation advantages but are a bit more durable. They run roughly 15% to 30% more than vinyl, making the national average cost between $500 to $1,500 per window.
Wood Window Frames
Wood frames are considered a bit more upscale. They may be required if your home is in a historical area. Wood frames run from $150 to $1,300 or more.
Composite Window Frames
Composite frames are made from a mix of PVC polymers and wood fiber for maintenance-free frames. They are very durable and cost between $300 and $1,200 per window.
Ground Level Or Upper Level Windows
If you are replacing ground level windows, they will be a bit cheaper because there is no additional time or equipment (ladders, scaffold, etc.) so labor costs will be lower.
The next thing that can really affect the price of your windows is the level of energy efficiency you choose. From double and triple glass to inert gas between the panes, prices can vary greatly. Remember, though, that you will recoup some of this cost in energy savings if you plan to remain in your home for ten years or so.
Existing Window Condition
If your home is older, if it fell into disrepair, or if it has been a while since it was painted, it’s likely that you will have to replace at least a few areas due to wood rot. This adds to the overall cost of replacement as it includes materials and labor to replace it, but it is absolutely necessary for the new windows to operate properly and stand up to their guarantees. Expect to have some wood rot or small repairs to fix.
Window Brand Names
Window companies put a lot of money into creating a trustworthy brand known for its quality and energy efficiency. There are many well-known brands with great reputations on the market. Do your research and decide if their features and advantages are worth the extra money once you have an estimate.
We Partner with Andersen Windows
At All-Weather Window, Doors & Siding we have our favorites. We partner with Andersen Windows because we believe they represent the best value in the replacement window industry. We are Kansas City’s premier Andersen Circle of Excellence showroom displaying the finest Andersen windows and patio doors. You can come in and see them in person to appreciate their quality and craftsmanship. Our installers are also Andersen certified installers. That means your windows will be installed to manufacturer specs and standards which means your Andersen windows will perform as promised.
100% Customer Satisfaction Guarantee
We also carry additional lines of replacement windows, entry doors, storm doors, storm windows, and exterior siding products. We have chosen these brands after years of experience in the window replacement business. You can count on All-Weather to bring you the best! We stand behind our windows and our installation with a 100% Customer Satisfaction Guarantee. We’re not happy unless you’re happy.