How much for that great-looking window?

July 20, 2011

Decorative, eye-catching windows let light and beauty into your home--and you want them. But you don't want to think about the window replacement cost. Though oversized and custom windows make a grand statement, they don't have to put a large dent in your wallet. Aesthetic window replacement costs vary according to window style.

Bay and bow

Bay and bow windows--which project out from the walls of the home--create an open, peaceful feel indoors. They also let in plenty of sunlight. The cost of replacing these windows depends on the size and materials used. While prices vary widely, you can expect to pay around $1,500 for an 8-by-4 1/2 foot vinyl-clad bow window from a top manufacturer, such as Andersen Windows.


Most often found in attic rooms, dormer windows add light to an otherwise dark space, creating visual and architectural interest on the outside of the home. Dormer windows tend to range widely in cost, depending on the style of dormer, according to Tim Forster, director of Heartwood Fine Windows and Doors, which manufacturers high-end custom windows. "Expect to pay anywhere from $2,500 to $8,000 for a dormer," says Forster.


Consisting of a set of three windows, with the center one arched, Palladian windows add a great deal of light to the home. They are often installed on the second story in front of the house, which makes a dramatic statement. Depending on the window materials used and its size, Palladians can start as low as $600. That said, you may pay $8,000 or more for an 8-by-8 foot Palladian with a Gothic-style center window, flanked by double-hungs. The latter is sold by Heartwood Fine Windows and Doors.


The picture window is a large, fixed window that lets in enormous amounts of light. Such windows are most often used when the scenery outdoors is especially eye-catching, such as a mountain, lake, or ocean view. They generally cost $300 to $700 or more for replacement with manufacturers, such as Andersen Windows.

Stained and beveled glass

A popular fixture in churches, stained and beveled glass windows were all the rage during Victorian times. They still give a timeless feel to the home. Considered custom windows by leading manufacturers, such as Pella, quality stained glass lets in sunlight while providing privacy, often making window coverings unnecessary. Pricing for stained and beveled glass windows vary widely, according to craftsmanship and materials. Expect to pay anywhere from $250 for a small window, to several thousand for a large piece.

Due to the specialized nature of aesthetic windows, it's critical that the individual who installs yours is knowledgeable and skilled. Choose your contractor carefully and check references. Also, make sure your window contractor has experience installing the type of replacement window you plan to purchase.

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