A Breakdown of What a Window Really Costs

December 30, 2009

Did you know replacing old and drafty windows can save as much as 20% on your energy bill? While the initial cost of windows may look a little daunting, window replacement not only adds value to a home, but it can result in energy savings that reduce the initial cost of the window over time.

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Quality replacement windows can cost anywhere from $200 - $700 per window, including installation when there are not other costs involved such as replacing window frames. Some specialty, high end windows can cost over $1,000, and size matters in the window business.

For a standard one story, three bedroom home, there are typically 10 windows, so expect to pay from $2,000 to $10,000 for a complete window overhaul. To save 30% on the cost of the window, invest in energy-efficient windows that wave on the cost of the window, invest in Energy Star windows that qualify for the energy tax credit. This allows up to $500 in the form of a tax credit to offset the cost of the windows. Consult with your window dealer or manufacturer to determine if a particular window qualifies for this credit.

For larger homes with more windows, you can expect to pay as much as $25,000 for an entire new set of energy-efficient windows. For double or triple glazed windows, or windows that offer Low-e glass and argon gas between the panes to increase insulating capabilities, you can expect to see more cost savings in energy bills in the long term, not to mention the added value to the home.

While the initial cost of windows can be lead to a minor case of sticker shock, the cost of not replacing windows with more energy efficient versions can be higher in the long term.

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