Most people don’t spend a lot of time thinking about windows until something goes wrong. But when something does go awry with your windows, it’s impossible to ignore.
Just like other home improvement projects or repairs, the number one question that we see over and over again is, “how much will this cost?”
While this may seem like a straightforward question, there’s never a one size fits all answer and there are always going to be some surprises.
That said, some basic guidelines can help you budget and prepare for how much replacement windows cost.
New Windows: What You Need to Know
When we’re looking at window replacement, there are a lot of factors that play into the cost analysis.
Most commonly the overall cost of your new windows will depend on:
- The style of window you’re replacing (casement, bay, double-hung, etc.)
- Whether or not new frames will be installed
- Your choice of glass and other materials
- The number of windows that need replacing
So now that you have an idea of what factors are at play let’s break it down step by step.
Window Styles and Why They’re Important
Not all windows are made equal. Some windows, like bay windows, are design features, and the cost of replacing them will be a lot steeper than replacing your basic casement window.
Before you estimate the overall cost of window replacement, you need to know what kind of window you’re working with.
On average, you can expect to pay less for sliding, casement, and double-hung windows. The overall cost usually ranges from $500 to $1000 for each window, while with a bay or bow window, you’re more likely to see your costs increase to $2000 or more per window.
Replacement Window Costs: Materials and Quality
Just like any other purchase, with windows, you get what you pay for. That here are some ways you can reduce the cost without sacrificing quality.
The most significant difference you’ll see when it comes to the cost of new windows depends on what materials are being used.
We recommend finding a well known and trusted window manufacturer that offers a wide array of material options when looking for replacement windows.
Vinyl and fiberglass window frames are often the best options for cutting costs on new window installation. Every material comes with pros and cons, and picking the best material for the job will always be more cost-effective in the long run.
The same goes for glass. While it may be tempting to go for a less expensive option, you’ll be signing up for more maintenance costs in the future.
Always Do Your Research!
We hope that this brief overview of how much replacement windows cost and why has given you a bit of well-needed insight. Knowledge is power, so the more research you do, the better prepared you’ll be for tackling the trials and tribulations of home repairs and upgrades.
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