How much do name brand replacement windows cost?

August 29, 2011

Good replacement windows cost anywhere from $200 to $2,000 or more each. Why such a vast range, you might wonder? Size and material are the obvious factors, but so are other considerations like the type of window, the quality of the glass, energy-efficiency features, installation and even the finish hardware. On top of these window prices installation costs should be considered.

If you are trading in your old windows for new ones in the same size and know your budget and the window frame material you prefer, you should be able to find suitably-priced replacement windows. Cost can be adjusted up or down by adding or subtracting features and options.

Major window manufacturers like Pella, Andersen, Marvin and Milgard offer windows that fit into all three price and quality categories--value, mid-grade and premium. This means you can purchase a well-known brand offering a solid warranty without paying premium prices.

What can replacement windows cost?

Andersen Windows, one of the top manufacturers of wood window frames, offers windows in each quality category mentioned above. A double-hung Andersen window can range anywhere from $200 to over $2,000. While prices are subject to change, here is a sampling of what you might expect to pay:

  1. Value. On the lower end of the price spectrum, Andersen offers a basic 200 Series double-hung window, or perhaps the Pella ProLine. This replacement windows costs $271 for a 3-foot-by-5-foot window (the size of most windows quoted here). It is available in either natural wood or white interior with two neutral, exterior color options. Vinyl windows value can be found with Window World's $189 advertised window.
  2. Mid-range. Moving up the scale, Andersen's 400 Series window is priced starting in the upper $400 range for standard sizes. Prices vary based on whether the replacement window is an insert or a full frame. Pella can do the same with their Series 750 window. Vinyl windows in the mid range are also made by Simonton or Alside.
  3. Premium. At the high end of the price range are models in Pella's Architectural Monumental Series, which are essentially custom windows that can be built in a wide range of colors and styles, or models by Andersen. In a standard size, these windows cost about $1,000 to $1,500. Gorrell and Sunrise offer premium vinyl windows in the $500-$700 range.

Other manufacturers also offer a range of grade options and price differentials. For example, Weather Shield, Milgard, Simonton and Silver Line make vinyl replacement windows in many styles and materials.

Most of the major window manufacturers have information about pricing and warranties available on their websites. While prices vary based on geographic location, knowing some basics about window choices can help focus your search when you go to a window or door showroom or when you contact local or regional manufacturers.

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