After years of home ownership, you’ll probably have to replace a few windows in your home. Although you may take your windows for granted, they remain an integral part in maintaining a comfortable home.
Unfortunately, these invisible barriers are fragile and can be broken with minimal amounts of force. The cost to replace windowswill vary upon size, amount of windows needed, style and quality, but despite the many brands and options available, affordable replacements are easy to find if you know what you are looking for.
Are your window frames rotting?
Before you estimate replacement costs, it’s important to inspect the existing window frames for damage or rotting from insects and moisture. If the window’s frame is soft to the touch, cracking or showing other signs of wear, it will need to be replaced, but if it’s still solid, you can opt to simply install new glass, which will save you money. If you have to replace the wooden frames, expect your final price for installation and material to double.
Window replacement costs
Before you construct a window-replacement estimate, it’s important to have a general idea as to where you plan on making a purchase.
Big-box stores may be the best option if you don’t want to get “hands on.” These stores will generally have fair prices for material and great insurance, but the commission and installation costs may be high. The cheapest way to have windows installed is to find your own qualified contractor and window manufacturer. For a standard-size 31″x45″ double-hung window, expect to pay around $150 a piece with a $200 installation charge.
Double-pane or specialty-glass windows can run you anywhere from $200 to $300 a piece. Remember to add anywhere from $100 to $200 for each window frame you need to repair or replace.
Although the overall cost to replace windows can be very steep, it should be looked at as an investment, and you can reasonably expect your home’s value to increase.