If your windows have seen better days, it can affect the entire look and feel of your home. More so, when windows start to show signs of age; when heat and air conditioning escape from every window and your energy bill has risen.
New replacement windows can improve the value and appeal of your home, but they are not exactly a cheap and easy solution. We all know there are costs associated with replacing your windows. While you can save on utility bills with new energy-efficient windows, you’ll want to know the costs up front before making a decision about improving your home.
How much does it cost to replace a window?
What goes into the cost of Windows?
When you compare windows, you will notice that there are many price variations even within the same window type. That’s because there are many factors to consider for your window replacement project, including:
- Single or double pane
Brand matters when it comes to window replacement costs
Brands of windows can differ significantly in price. Some of the most expensive windows are from brands like Marvin and Pella. Conversely, some of the least expensive windows are made by companies like Jeld-Wen and Simonton.
The manufacturer we prefer to work with is Milgard because we want the best for our customers.
RELATED: 5 reasons why Milgard Windows is our favorite manufacturer of replacement windows
Quantity can affect window replacement costs
Frame prices can also vary depending on how much you buy at one time. Replacing all the windows in your house is cheaper per window than replacing one or two at a time. Not to mention that you want to make sure replacement windows are uniform throughout your home.
Window dimensions also matter
The size of the window certainly affects the price. The larger your windows, the more you will pay for each window. If you have non-standard sized windows or bay windows, you will probably pay even more than for a regular sized window set.
Sizes and shapes to consider when replacing your windows:
- Casement windows
- Double top hung windows or double glazing
- Garden windows
- awning window
- Bay window
- storm windows
- sliding windows
- Full frame windows
- Custom Replacement Windows or Custom Windows
Window replacement materials make the difference
The type of material also affects your cost of replacing your window. Vinyl windows are cheaper than wooden windows. Aluminum provides an option that is strong and cost effective, but prone to corrosion. Fiberglass windows are less likely to rot or corrode and have the added benefit of being maintenance-free.
Fiberglass windows cost a little more money than vinyl windows. You need to decide whether the extra cost of fiberglass windows is worth it. For example, if you want more color choices and customizable features, it might be worth paying a little extra for fiberglass windows. However, if you just want increase the insulation in your home, it might be better to go for the cheaper option.
Here are some window frame materials:
- Vinyl windows
- Wooden windows or wooden frames
- Fiberglass windows
- Aluminum windows
- Composite windows
When considering window costs, consider the material of the window frame.
RELATED: Fiberglass windows vs. wooden frames – From maintenance to durability, fiberglass is the clear choice
Single vs. Double Windows
Single glazing are made with a single layer of glass. They are available in the same styles and materials as double glazing, but they are not as efficient at blocking out noise or seasonal temperatures. Their initial cost is lower, making them a good choice for those who need to stay on a strict budget, but over time, utility bills will increase.
Double glazing, also known as double glazing, comes with two panes. These panes are separated from each other by an air-filled space – Milgard double glazing is filled with argon, which works even better for insulation. That air (or argon) traps the colder winter temperatures or summer heat between the two windows, forming a barrier that keeps the heat and cold from affecting your home.
Energy savings over single windows can be up to 24 percent in cold climates in winter and 18 percent in summer in warm climates. This results in lower energy costs and less noise, which can be an important consideration if you live on a busy street.
Are you curious about which windows – single or double glazing – suit your home best, then visit our showroom for a chat with one of our specialists. Window types can make a big difference in the cost of your window replacement.
Installation costs may vary – Hire a professional
Every house is different. Window replacement isn’t just about installing a standard size window into an existing opening in the wall. It’s all about skillfully fitting YOUR specific window into YOUR home, which sets us apart from the competition. Especially if you look at a specific type of window.
We recommend using a professional to install replacement windows as this will ensure they are installed correctly and professionally for optimum performance. Regardless of the type of window: double-hung, single-hung, wooden windows or bay windows. Whether you are using existing frames or installing aluminum frames, a professional window installer can save money on your project in the long run!
Professional window installers are key to lowering your average window replacement cost in the long run.
Energy efficiency and glass types
Most windows have double glazing, which ensures good insulation quality and soundproofing. As mentioned above, double glazing provides insulation and noise reduction and offers optimal protection compared to other glass materials used in the home. Triple glazing and laminated glass are also offered.
You also want to make sure that your windows have toughened glass. Learn more about what tempered glass is here.
A lifetime warranty is a warranty on all or part of the product that can be for the length of your life, but more often it is the life expectancy of the product.
A warranty is important because it can actually come in to save you later. They can be better than a shorter term warranty, such as a one or two year warranty, simply because problems are more likely to occur over time with any product.
When starting your window and door replacement project, make sure you are informed right from the start to prevent surprises from popping up later. In addition, make sure to select a reputable window and door company that has been in the business for a long time and provides quality products.
Learn more about Newman’s Lifetime Warranty >>
How can you save on window costs without sacrificing quality?
Your investment in window replacement will almost certainly run into the thousands, you might be tempted to cut costs by choosing the cheapest possible window. This is almost never a good idea. Quality windows are crucial to the value and longevity of your home.
There is good news in all of this. There are still many ways you can save. Here are a few tips you can follow to get the most out of your window replacement purchase without spending the most money:
– Choose to complete the window replacement task in one go. When you buy all the windows at once, you may be able to save extra money because it is a volume purchase. This is especially true if you have a large house.
– Inquire if there are any special offers or discounts. For example, seasonal or anniversary discounts. You may be able to get a discount on brands offered by the window dealer.
– Inform about credit card financing for home improvement with your window replacement dealer. Although there is interest, you don’t have to pay too much upfront. Often the credit card offers an interest-free period. Don’t forget to check if you are also eligible for the HERO or Ygrene funding programs.
– Work with a certified and experienced team you can rely on. Here you have the assurance of quality work, which goes a long way, and savings on unfortunate expenses.
Replacement window prices
For a general estimate, if you’re mainly replacing standard-sized windows, you can expect to pay in the lower $650 per window range. With the average house in this area having 10-15 windows, replacing all windows in a house can be average $7,500 for standard windows. Please note that this is average standard replacement windows. For high-end and/or customization you can expect an increase of up to 50%.
It’s true that replacing windows is an expense that will end up costing thousands of dollars, but it’s an investment that will save you money in the long run. Take the first step to replace your old windows and you can increase the value of your home while reducing overall energy consumption.
The charges stated in this post are for informational purposes only and are not indicative of the actual charges. Actual costs are determined after a personal evaluation with an NWD window and door expert. Call for more information.
Call Newman Windows & Doors today at 877-7-NEWMAN to learn more about our window options or to schedule a free estimate at your home.