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Typical Range: $2,947 - $8,475

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Window Installation Costs

The average national cost of window installation is $5,412, with most homeowners spending between $2,947 and $8,475. A single unit runs anywhere from $300 to $1,200 for standard sizes while custom work and bay styles can quickly hit $2,000 or more. In addition to the material price, labor will run $150 to $800 per window or an average of $40 per hour, depending on the difficulty of the project.
They can bring light and warmth, provide views, beautify inside and out, and add tremendous value to your home. Quality units are an important investment. The price will depend on the type, dimensions, materials used, the complexity of the installation, and of course, the number needed.

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$5,412
Typical Range
$2,947 - $8,475
Low End - High End
$335 - $22,000

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House Window Prices

Individual prices range from $85 to $2,500 or more with installation adding an additional $150 to $800. The price depends on several factors including accessibility and the total number in a project.
Material type is the largest cost factor. On the lower end of the spectrum is a vinyl, single-hung, replacement unit. On the highest end of the price spectrum is a solid mahogany-framed, triple-pane, low-E picture style.

Window Costs for New Construction

New construction windows run anywhere from $85 to $1,400. Designed for new construction and during remodels where the stud-framing is exposed, they attach directly to the studs via a flange called a nail fin frame.
They're a poor choice for existing homes. Materials are 10% to 15% cheaper than retrofit styles. However, they run 50% to 100% more to install due to extensive construction needs.

Window Prices by Size

There are hundreds of common sizes available, but brand, design and material play a more significant role in pricing. Unless you purchase a very large, pre-hung type such as a bay or picture style, size only impacts the material price, not installation.
They tend toward different dimensions depending on where they're needed. Major manufacturers can customize them to any dimensions but be aware that you may pay more for odd sizes.
  • Living rooms typically have larger picture windows hung in multiples ranging from 3x4 feet to 6x6.
  • Standard bathroom styles are quite a bit smaller, ranging from 2x1.5 feet to 2x3 feet.

Replacement Window Prices

Replacements run $200 to $1,300 depending on size, installation requirements and material. Specialty types, such as glass block and large picture styles, can run upwards of $2,500 or more. Replacing existing windows costs less than cutting walls for new ones.
Unlike new construction, replacement or retrofit styles have no nail fin frame. They are designed to fit directly into the existing hole without requiring removal of any siding or trim. This less invasive method keeps added costs, like wall or trim repair, out of the equation.

Full Frame vs. Inserts or Retrofits

Full frame windows are about 10% to 15% more than a retrofit style. You'll also need to add an additional $50 to $100 per unit for installation prices.
  • Retrofit, also called inserts, use the existing frame and trim for a quicker job.
  • Full-frame types require removing the old frame and putting in a new frame and trim. New trim requires staining after the job is finished to match your current trim.
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Window Installation Price Comparison by Type

The two main factors in pricing are the design and the materials used. Designs range from simple single-hung and fixed varieties to the more practical sliding and double-hung types. Most types can come in any materials, which we discuss in more detail below.
Average Cost of Installing Windows by Type
TypeWindow-Only CostInstalled Cost
Double-Hung$150 to $650$350-$850
Single-Hung$100 to $400$175-$600
Fixed & Picture$65 to $700$150-$1,200
Casement$150 to $1,000$300-$1,900
Sliding$150 to $800$250-$1,300
Customvaries$500-$5,000+
Basement$50 to $650$250-$1,000
Basement Egress$650 to $2,500$2,500-$5,000+
Bay$600 to $2,500$1,500-$7,000
Bow$1000 to $4,500$2,000-$10,000

Double-Hung Window Prices

Double-hung sash types range from $150 to $650. This design allows both the bottom and top sashes to move up and down. Some higher-end models also allow the sashes to swing inward for easy cleaning.

Single-Hung

A single-hung sash window runs $100 to $400. Single-hung means the top sash is fixed in place and only the bottom sash moves up or down.

Fixed or Picture

Fixed or picture windows range anywhere from $65 to $700 depending on size. Fixed types do not open with only one pane of glass.

Casement Window Estimates

Casement types run anywhere from $150 to $1,000 depending on material type. Vinyl styles are far less expensive than wood. They open from the left or right with a hand crank, allowing a full opening for maximum ventilation or egress.

Sliding

Sliding sash varieties commonly range from $150 to $800. These work like a single- or double-hung type but only move horizontal rather than vertical. They come in styles allowing one or both sides of the unit to move.

Custom Windows

They run from $500 up to $5,000 or more. Your contractor orders custom windows directly from the manufacturer in custom sizes to meet your specific needs. Contractors take care of all measurements, ordering and installation, though you can order custom sizes for DIYing.

Basement Window Installation

Basement windows range from $50 to $650. These alone are some of the cheapest available at $60 and up with labor making up the rest of the price. Though it's tempting to make this a DIY project, unwanted water in the walls from poor installations can end up costing far more than a professional would have.

Egress Windows

Egress windows cost anywhere from $650 to $2,500. Placing an egress type in a basement comes with numerous challenges raising the total price to $2,500 to $5,000 on average. Egress styles allow an additional escape route in case of a fire or natural disaster. These are most commonly required by code for basements bedrooms.

Bay & Bow

Bay windows cost $600 to $2,500 while bow styles average $1,000 more. Both units protrude outward from the wall. Both require framing, flashing and roofing above the extrusions.
  • Bay - $600 to $2,500 - 3, generally a large picture one sandwiched between two smaller sash or casement styles.
  • Bow - $1,000 to $4,500 - 5 or more individual units creating more of a curved effect.
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Window Frame Material Price Estimator

The material you choose affects price as much as the style. Vinyl is the most common type, closely followed by wood. Other less popular and common types include composite, aluminum and fiberglass.
Vinyl falls at the lowest end of the price scale with wood at the top. Which one will you choose? Compare vinyl vs. wood windows to find which suits your needs best.
Average Installed Window Cost by Frame Material
Vinyl$250-$600
Wood$600-$2,000
Fiberglass$600-$900
Aluminum$400-$1,200
Composite$300-$1,100

Vinyl Windows Costs

Vinyl cost $250 to $600 and require little or no maintenance. They're also extremely durable; changes in humidity don't cause them to swell or shrink. Most manufacturers stand behind their products with strong warranties. Their greatest drawback is that they're not as sturdy or attractive as wood.

Wood Windows

Wood frames cost $1,200 on average and require regular. Fail to repaint and finish wood and they become susceptible to the elements.
The work and money can be worth it for the classic, authentic, architectural appeal of wood. That's why some historical neighborhoods have covenants requiring wood framing.

Fiberglass

Costs about 10% to 20% more than vinyl or an average of $600 each, including installation. Fiberglass is more durable than vinyl with similar insulation properties. Because of the price difference, it is less common.

Aluminum or Metal

Aluminum can range anywhere from $400 to $1,200 or more for large or high-end varieties. Though aluminum is still available, it's far less popular than other types since itÂ’s tough to paint and doesn't insulate well for a higher initial price.

Composite

Composite windows cost between $300 and $1,100. This style attempts to capture the best of both worlds by mixing PVC polymers with wood fiber to create a strong, attractive frame.
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Home Window Pricing by Glass Pane

New windows can save you considerable money on your utility bills and make your home more comfortable. Windows are rated by the U-factor. The lower the U-factor, the more energy efficient and higher the initial price.
Experts say double-pane windows can save up to 24% in cold climates during the winter and up to 18% in hot climates during the summer. You'll pay more for double-pane types, but they will pay for themselves over time. Triple-panes run 15% to 40% more than a double-pane type but reduces heat loss even further.

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Impact-resistant varieties, also known as hurricane or inner-membrane windows, run between $250 to $750 for a single-hung, or about $25 to $55 per square foot plus an additional $30 to $50 per hour for labor. A layer of polyvinyl butyral sandwiched between two layers of impact-resistant or tempered glass creates this commonly used coastal type.

Insulated, Energy-Efficient Window Costs

Thermally-insulated, energy-efficient types run anywhere from $120 to $1,200 or more. Labor adds $200 to $800 each. Usually, the higher the price, the more energy-efficient. Depending on your climate, the higher initial investment is offset by long-term savings.
Replacing windows for better thermal insulation with Energy Star rated varieties can not only save on your heating bill but may also qualify for a local or federal rebate.
  • They account for 25% to 30% of your homes heat loss.
  • Low-e coatings add 10% to 15% to the cost but reduces infrared heat in the summer, lowering your air conditioning bill.
  • Vinyl, wood and fiberglass are much better insulators than aluminum.
Any frame material type or design can include high-efficiency glass and Low-e coatings. Talk with your contractor to find out which type is best suited for your climate.
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Average Labor Cost to Install New Windows

Labor runs $30 to $50 per hour. Most contractors bid at a flat rate with labor included but estimate 1.5 hours for each basic project. Complex configurations, custom work and old homes might require up to 6 hours each.

Cost to Add Windows by Amount

ProjectAverageMost Spent Between
Less than 5$2,200$1,250-$3,200
Between 5 - 10$4,900$3,350-$6,500
More than 10$14,500$8,500-$20,600
Installation estimates include the price of materials, labor and overhead expenses. Because of overhead expenses like delivery time, gas and tools, professionals will charge less per window if you do several at the same time.
If you're thinking about only replacing a couple of windows, it might make sense for you to talk to your pro about the cost of putting in multiple units at one time. It may save you money in the long run.

Cost to Install Vinyl Windows vs. Wood or Aluminum

There is little price difference between doing vinyl, wood or aluminum. The construction processes are very similar and most go in at about the same rate. Labor for each is going to average $40 per hour. The price differences are mostly due to the material type.
  • Vinyl - $250 to $600 - among the most popular and cheapest available.
  • Wood - $600 to $2,000 - extremely popular but among the most expensive varieties.

Price to Put in Large Units or Window Walls

Window walls range from $700 to $1,600 per linear foot for the materials and installation. These are excellent additions to highlight views and scenery but require the right structural supports.

Second or Third Floor Window Installation Cost Calculator

Be aware that units above the first floor may be more expensive because of access issues. Second floor and above requires additional equipment such as scaffolding, ladders and safety harnesses. Not only do equipment costs increase the price, but it also increases the duration of the project.

Other Pricing Factors

  • Custom security bars costs $1,000 on average. This is an option you can discuss with your installation contractor or another security firm.
  • Post-installation window tinting costs $600 on average. It can improve the energy efficiency of your home and provide privacy.
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Average Cost to Install a Window in an Existing Wall

While you can expect to spend anywhere from $1,000 to $5,000+ per window, no two projects are the same. This type of work requires a combination of framing, siding, finishing work and sometimes electrical and plumbing rerouting.
Factors that affect new installations in existing walls:

Changing a Door to a Window Cost

Converting a door into a window ranges from $1,000 to $3,000. You will need to consider the price of materials, framing, insulation and drywall.

Remove & Move During a Remodel

Removing a window and moving it during a remodel is going to vary considerably in price from project to project. The best way to determine the price of removing and moving is to get multiple quotes from local contractors.

Exterior Siding

When cutting a new hole in the wall, siding repair costs $300 to $1,100. This includes adding new flashing and making sure the exterior wall meshes seamlessly with the new opening. The type of siding you have can affect the price.

Cost of Pella vs. Andersen Windows Installed

Andersen and Pella windows range from $250 to $1,800 with an additional $100 to $500 each. These are done by professionals in the same fashion as any other types. However, warranties are only issued when Pella or Andersen authorized dealers perform the installation.
Both brands offer lifetime limited warranties on their products and authorized services.
Pella Window Cost by Series
Wood
Architect Series 850$850-$1,500
Architect Series Reserve$1,000-$1,800
Designer Series 750$650-$1,100
450 Series/ProLine$170-$350
Fiberglass
Impervia$250-$600
Vinyl
350 Series$150-$350
250 Series$150-$300
Encompass by Pella$100-$300
Andersen Window Cost by Series
Wood
Architectural Collection E-Series$900-$1,400
Architectural Collection A-Series
(wood/fibrex composite)
$1,000-$1,650
400 Series$400-$800
200 Series$250-$550
Fibrex*
100 Series$200-$300
Renewal by Andersen$900-$1,750
*Fibrex is Anderson's proprietary composite material.
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FAQs

What's Best for South-Facing Windows?

The best type for south facing depends heavily on your climate. Someone in the North may want large, triple-panes to let as much natural heat in from the sun as possible. Those in a southern, desert environment may want smaller, low-e-coated, high-efficiency types to keep as much heat out as possible.

What are the Best Options for Cheap Window Installation?

The best option for cheap installations is to bundle your projects together. See if a neighbor or friend is looking to renovate to get lower bids. Be wary of $300 or less per window bids as they could be a scam, or a recipe for shoddy workmanship.

What is the Cost of Adding a Window to a Brick House?

Adding a window to a brick house will be on the high end of installation costs. It can run anywhere from $2,000 up to $10,000 depending on size, accessibility, age of the home, and the type of framing and glass materials you use.

Can I DIY Add a New Window to my House?

Though many places allow you to DIY windows in your home, it's not a good idea. Since they provide an excellent place for water to get into your home's walls, floors and basement, a DIY installation can end up costing you more than a professional. Check with your local code enforcement agency to see if this type of project is allowed in your area.

How Do I Know If I Need a Replacement or Entirely New Window Installed?

The best way to know if you need a replacement or new construction window is to ask a contractor to inspect your home. Over 80% of replacements are done with retrofit or slide-in types. But if there is significant damage to your walls, framing or siding, you may be better off putting a new construction unit in.
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There are so many variables in window installation that it should always be left to a professional. Quotes are always free, and you get at least three before proceeding. Find a window installer near you today.
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