Whether your home is 10 years or 20 years old, at some point or another you may have to replace a few windows.
From rotted wood to weather-related cracking, there are myriad reasons why you may find yourself shopping around for the best window replacement costs around. While we tend to take our windows for granted, the reality is that they play a major role in keeping our home cool and comfortable in Summer and warm in Winter.
But, what are the average figures associated with this task and what should you expect moving forward? While calculating an exact price is tricky due to different window sizes, styles and qualities, there are ballpark numbers that can help guide your decision.
Today, we’re sharing how to know if you need a new window, plus the price you should expect to pay for one. Ready to learn more? Let’s dive in!
Before you research the cost of new windows, check first to see if you need to look for new window frames, as well.
Are your existing wooden frames rotting? Both invading insects and excess moisture can weaken them and threaten their sturdiness. If they’re soft to the touch or show visible signs of cracking or wear, it’s time to replace those, too.
On the other hand, if the frame appears to be solid, you may only need to replace sashes and balances. This can save you a significant amount of money, so it’s worth taking the time to check.
If you decide to invest in new window frames, you’ll have three options: vinyl, fiberglass or wood.
Fiberglass is very strong and durable, it can be manufactured in an endless number of colors and it is as energy efficien as vinyl. Because there are not many manufacturers it can be expensive due to lack of competition.
While they can look stately, wooden frames are more expensive and more difficult to maintain, they will rot whether the exterior is clad or not and they are not as energy efficient as vinyl or fiberglass. In addition, you’ll have the extra step of painting or staining them to match the rest of the trim in your home. As such, the price to install new wooden frames is roughly 2-3 times what you’ll pay for vinyl alternatives.
The pros of going with vinyl? It’s less expensive and will last longer. It’s also an easier material to upkeep.
Once you decide that replacement windows are in order, it’s time to shop around. Start your search by narrowing down the list of places you want to check.
Leaning toward a big-box store? While these can be convenient and offer a hands-off approach, understand that you’ll often pay more to cover commissions and installation costs. The windows they sell are also on the Builder Grade side of things, aren’t you replaceing your windows because the builder install windows of questionable quality to begin with? You also will be at the mercy of whatever installation crew they send you, hope you get a good one.
Some people choose to buy the windows themselves and hire a handyman to do the installation. This may save a little money, but are you enough of a window expert to pick the right window with the right features? While handymen are good at a lot of different things wouldn’t you rather have someone that installs windows all day every day do the install, an expert; what are the chances your handyman is an expert?
To get a great window with a great insallation, contact a local replacement contractor with good reviews, check Angies List. You should always work with the owner, he has the most to lose if your job does not go well, he also is more likely to make sure the job gets done right. As a gauge, the average cost to replace windows should be $450 to $650 for a standard, white double-hung, double-pane vinyl window. This price includes installation, taxes clean-up and haul away of old windows and doors. Colored exteriors, grids and wood laminates come at additional cost.
If you decide to replace with wooden or fiberglass windows, the price will jump to anywhere between $900 and $1,500 per opening.
While these are rough estimates, they may change depending on the scale of your project. For instance, if you have to replace the window and framing down to the studs, you’ll pay at least $150-$250/window more. This extra fee pays for the additional materials and labor to install full frames, but will not include the additional painting that will be required for the windows and the exterior walls.
While these prices can get steep, remember that windows are an investment and the return you’ll see from installing new, energy-efficient ones makes them well worth the price.
What are the different kinds of windows, and can you expect to see a price difference between each one? Let’s take a closer look.
These are some of the most common and economical types of windows available. You’ll open them from either the top or bottom, which makes them ideal for hard-to-reach areas.
Expect to pay $200 to $500 plus tax for a new one. Prices will vary depending on the options you need. Grids, exterior color, laminate, foam in the sash and/or frame and the quality of the glass.
The good news? These come in an array of styles, so you’re sure to find one to match your home’s aesthetic.
These are also known as tilt and turn or tilting windows. They fold in to allow you access to the glass’ exterior, enabling you to clean the panes from inside your home.
This makes them perfect for areas where outside access is limited, such as an upper story of your home. You’ll pay a little more for this accessibility, however.
New tilt-in windows cost between $250 and $550.
Want to amplify your home’s energy savings? Consider investing in double-pane or double-glazed windows.
How do they work? There is an airtight space filled with inert gas located between the two panes. It shields exterior weather conditions from affecting your home’s internal temperature. As a result, your home is better climate-controlled.
Once you seal your home, adding these windows is a natural next step. Especially if you own an older home, you stand to save hundreds of dollars per year on your utility costs, as well!
Style and function aside, there’s no denying that your home needs reliable, high-quality windows. When yours become compromised in any way, it’s smart to act as soon as possible.
While average window replacement costs vary, expect to pay more for top-tier designs that help insulate and protect your property. The savings you’ll see over time make them worth the extra upcharge.
If you’re in the Nashville area and need new windows, let’s connect. We offer a range of styles and options, from bay windows to picture windows, designed to meet any budget and preference.
If you have any inquiries, you’re welcome to contact us. Let’s give your home the facelift it deserves!