Several items factor into the cost of a window. Labor, material quality, taxes, and the costs of construction supplies form the majority of an estimate. Use our free, secure estimate calculator, and we will obtain a price quote customized just for you and your window project. With a quote in hand, you’ll then able to shop around and compare with the competition.
Window Replacement Costs
Comparing window prices & costs for replacement home windows we see that replacement window costs run the gamut among cheap, mid-level, and high-end. Typical costs for replacement windows depend on several factors, such as the existing wall opening’s condition, window material, labor, and uninstalling the old window. On average, though, $190 to $710 is the range that you will be looking at. Custom windows often cost about 15% more.
Act fast and you can save a significant amount when you file your taxes. Consumers looking to replace their windows (even just one window) can save up to $1,500 via federal tax savings. Through December 31st of this year, the government is extending a tax credit of up to $1,500 to people who install windows with a minimum energy-efficiency rating. The Energy-Star website is a good place to see which windows qualify for these great tax savings.
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What are the Best Types of Replacement Windows?
These are some of the most popular materials for windows and casings. Often, they are considered the best:
Single- and Double-Hung Windows remain the most popular for remodeling or renovating. Double-hung windows use a set of movable sashes that move vertically within the window frame. Single-hung windows also use two sashes, but the lower one is the only one that operates. However, double-hung windows have much more value in them because single-hung windows usually cost just as much.
Casement Windows pivot via hinges similarly to the way cabinets do. They typically swing outward, though, and are controlled by a crank lever attached to the window-sill. Casement windows are vertical and narrow in shape, so wide openings typically have several.
Fixed Windows offer large, nonrestrictive views. Smaller fixed windows are wonderful for relatively tight spaces, such as the hall or small bathroom, where ventilation may need improvement.
Bay Windows lend a ton of aesthetic appeal to virtually any home. They make it seem like the exterior of the home expands indoors, and vice-versa. They make a comfy seating area or perhaps act as a shelf for potted plants.
Most windows come with at least minimal energy-efficient features these days. However, some are just that—minimal. Compare different windows and choose one according to which region you live in, what kind of climate it experiences year-round, and what your budget requires. Here are a few items that are usually labeled on new windows for your reference:
Low E coating is an important factor. This feature comes standard on many replacement windows, and can slash heating and cooling costs (with reduced glare and heat gain features built in) by up to 25%.
Double-Glazed replacement windows that have a moderate SHGC (Solar Heat Gain Coefficient) are a good bet for most areas of the country.
The U-Factor is the measurement of how much heat is transferred from the outside to the inside of the home via the window. The U-Factor values generally range from 0.21 to over 1.00. The lower the value, the better the window will insulate your home’s interior from the elements.
Condensation Resistance (CR) is another important factor to consider when shopping windows. CR is ranked from 1 to 100. A window with a CR of 100 will provide the most protection against moisture build-up, and one with a CR of 1 provides virtually no protection against condensation.
Modern replacement window materials all function 100 times better than the windows of decades ago. However, there are still a few differences in the main materials that are employed: wood, fiberglass, and vinyl.
Popular Window Material Choices
Wood is a popular choice because of its versatility and aesthetic appeal. Wood is relatively easy to construct and work with, and provides excellent insulation. A downside to wood, however, is that it requires more maintenance than other materials and is subject to rot and decay, especially on the outside.
Fiberglass is the same material often employed on hulls and car-siding. It has a very good track-record for strength, durability, and low-maintenance. Often painted or coated to resemble real wood (especially on a house’s exterior), fiberglass is stronger, lasts longer, and requires less maintenance that wood in general. A con for some buyers is that it typically costs a bit more than the more traditional vinyl or wood variety.
Vinyl windows constitute the majority of older window replacement jobs. They’re extremely durable and energy efficient. Save for washing the glass, vinyl windows are practically worry-free in terms of maintenance. Vinyl can't be painted (because the original color is fully absorbed into the material), but you can acquire vinyl in a plethora of different colors and textures.