How Much Do Replacement Windows Cost?

July 23, 2010

If you are thinking of installing replacement windows in your home, you probably want to know how much they will cost.

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The cost depends on several factors, most specifically the windows' features. Window size and shape matter. The larger the windows, the more expensive. If your windows are a non-standard size and/or shape, you can expect to pay more as a result. The type of windows also influences the cost. For instance, wood replacement windows are pricier to install than vinyl ones. If you need to have your windows installed by a window contractor, you will need to include their costs in the total figure.

If the window frames in your home are intact, you can expect to pay anywhere from an estimated $300 to $1,500 per window installed, again depending upon the specific windows. The average is between $500 and $700, with higher quality windows costing more.

Replacement Windows: Total Project Cost

For a mid-range project, it costs about $10,500 to replace ten existing three-by-five-foot, double-hung windows with insulated vinyl replacement windows and to wrap the existing exterior trim as required to match. For a similar project but using wood replacement windows, the project is estimated to run about $11,500.

For a more upscale project, the cost is about $13,600 to replace ten existing three-by-five-foot, double-hung windows with insulated, low-E, simulated-divided-light vinyl windows. These would include a simulated woodgrain interior finish and a custom-color exterior finish. An identical project but with wood windows is estimated to be about $17,600.

While these window costs may seem high, remember that the windows play a large part in your home's overall value. In terms of energy efficiency, insulated windows typically pay for themselves in about five years' time.

For a more accurate window estimate for your particular situation, obtain a written one from your window contractor of choice before proceeding with the project.

Many states offer tax credits or rebates to homeowners who replace their windows with ENERGY STAR qualifying ones, so find out how you might save before selecting and installing your windows.

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