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Updated: September 14, 2021

Reviewed by Cati O'Keefe, Expert Home Building & Sustainability Contributor.

Written by HomeAdvisor.

Window Replacement Cost

Window replacement costs between $300 and $2,100 per window with an average cost of $850. Labor alone makes up $100 to $300 of the total. The materials making up the rest of the cost, based primarily on window size, frame material and glass type.

1. Average Cost of Window Replacement

Windows, including the glass and frames, run an average of $100 to $650. In addition to material, you’ll spend another $100 to $300 in labor. Prices range anywhere from $50 to $2,000 or more depending on several factors that we’ll go into in the following sections.

Common factors that increase price include:

  • Type
  • Material
  • Size
  • Energy-Efficiency

2. Window Replacements by Type

Window Costs by Style*
TypeMaterial Price Only
Single-Hung$100 - $400
Double-Hung$150 - $650
Fixed & Picture$65 - $700
Casement$150 - $1,000
Sliding$150 - $800
Folding$500 - $800
Storm$50 - $300
Custom$1000+
PocketVaries
Bay$600 - $4,500
Bow$1,500 - $6,500
Custom$1,000+

*Not including labor. Each style comes in different material types. For custom, ornate or oversized versions, expect to add 50% more.

On average you’ll spend anywhere from $50 to $1,000 or more depending on the style you choose. In addition to the price of materials, you’ll spend an average of $200 per window for labor.

Before buying, make sure the window’s size, function and look are what you want. We’ll discuss each in more detail below. Here are the most common styles for a home:

  • Single-hung windows cost 100 to $400 each. This classic, old-fashioned, vertically-opening style is the most popular. Only the bottom pane, called the sash, slides.
  • Double-hung types run $150 to $650 each. It looks exactly like a single-hung but allows the upper and lower sashes to move. Explore the differences and costs between a single and double-hung window.
  • Picture styles run anywhere from $300 to $1,200 or more depending on the size. Usually fixed in place but some include opening side panels for ventilation.

  • Casement windows runs $150 to $1,000 depending on the size and material type. This variety may be hinged at the top, referred to as an awning, or hinged at the bottom and called a hopper.

  • Sliding types run $150 to $800 each. Sliders (sometimes called gliders) are often used for larger applications.
  • Folding types are custom installations and range anywhere from $500 to $900 per linear foot.
  • Storm windows cost $50 to $300 each including labor. This style helps protect the trim and increases energy efficiency.
  • A bay window replacement costs $1,800 on average. Bay types are three panes joined at an angle which extrude from a living space or bedroom.
  • Bow window replacement estimates run from $1,500 to $6,500, not including installation. They are like bay styles but have a minimum of five panes rather than three.
  • Custom work is always more than standard replacements starting at $1,000 each. Custom sizes and installations are common among older homes where standard opening sizes weren’t used.
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3. Replacement Window Prices by Frame Material

Depending on the material you choose, you’ll spend anywhere from $75 to $1,500 on a window. In addition to the material price, expect to pay an additional $100 to $300 each for labor.

Window Costs by Material
TypeMaterials*
Vinyl$100 - $900
Wood$150 - $1,300
Fiberglass$500 - $1,500
Aluminum$75 - $400
Composite$300 - $1,200

*For custom, ornate or very large projects, add 25% to 50%.

NOTE: For the best return, replace windows with the same or higher quality material. Don’t downgrade.

a. Vinyl Window Replacement Cost

Standard vinyl, the most popular type, has a range of $100 to $900.

  • Decorative and very large bay or bow types might hit $1,500 to $2,500.
  • It’s one of the cheapest, most durable and energy-efficient varieties.

Learn about how vinyl differs from other varieties:

b. Replacement Wooden Windows

Wood frames or standard types run from $150 to $1,300 or more.

  • Classic architectural look
  • Maintains homes value
  • Some historical neighborhoods require it

c. Fiberglass

Runs about 15% to 30% more than vinyl or $500 to $1,500.

  • More durable than vinyl with similar insulation properties.
  • Because of the increased price with little extra benefit, it’s not as common.

d. Aluminum

Aluminum ranges from $75 to $400.

  • Large or high-end varieties cost up to $1,200 or more.
  • Far less popular than other types
  • Tough to paint and doesn’t insulate well

e. Composite

Composite runs between $300 and $1,200. It mixes PVC polymers with wood fibers to create attractive, maintenance-free frames.

  • More durable than vinyl or wood
  • Wood look
  • Low maintenance

4. Cost of Replacing Windows by Size

the average cost for window replacement is $850 or $300 to $2,100.

There are hundreds of sizes available direct from manufacturers, through your professional and through most big box home improvement stores. Sizes affect both material costs and installation times. Expect a large bay style to require two pros and additional installation time than would be required by a small bathroom window replacement.

With so many sizes, it’s impossible to give exact pricing. For the best estimate for your specific project, contact a window installer near you today.

5. Energy Efficient Window Costs

"When considering cost versus value for energy-efficient windows, remember that the same qualities that make a window efficient also make your home's climate more comfortable. Good windows prevent cold and hot spots, which may make them worth the additional expense."Cati O'Keefe, Expert Home Building & Sustainability Contributor.

You’ll spend an average of $120 to $1,200 each. High-quality brands go even higher in price. Generally, the more you pay the more efficient they are. They start at simple, double-pane varieties with an Energy Star rating and go up to triple-pane, high-efficiency types with a low-e coating.

  • Low-e coatings add 10%-15% to the price.
  • Vinyl, wood and fiberglass are the most energy-efficient.
  • Great option for the environmentally-conscious homeowner.
  • Energy-efficient styles save you between 7%-15% on home energy bills. But it isn’t always worth the extra investment.
    • For example, if your annual heating and cooling bill runs $2,000, you’ll save $140-$300 per year. If you spend $5,000 more on the project than standard windows would have cost, it’ll take you somewhere between 16 and 50 years to make up the extra expense.

6. Window Replacement Cost by Amount

Average Window Replacement Costs by Amount*
AmountMaterial & Labor
5$1,500 - $3,500
10$3,000 - $7,000
15$4,500 - $10,500
20$6,000 - $14,000

*For high-end and custom work, add 25% to 50%.

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7. Labor Cost to Replace Windows

Most installers average $40 per hour with a typical range of $30 to $65 per hour. Expect to pay more in urban areas with higher costs of living, such as San Francisco and New York. A good rule of thumb is to add between $100 to $300 per unit for installation with complex installs reaching closer to $600 or more.

Keep labor rates down with higher volume jobs. You’ll pay less per window the more you replace at the same time. In addition to the materials and hourly rates, contractors must also account for travel time, fuel, setup, cleanup and disposal fees. Overhead remains close to the same whether you’re changing two or ten.

Complexity of the install, age of the home, accessibility and location affect this price. For example, one in a single-story suburban home, built in the last 20 years, might be a quick two-hour job per unit while a third-floor replacement in a row home in Manhattan may take six hours or more.

8. Cost Factors to Install Window Replacements

Other than the labor and unit price, other factors affecting price include:

  • Window brand
  • Location of the job site.
  • Age of the house
  • The need to alter an existing frame
  • Double- or triple-glazing
  • Exterior dressing (decorative awnings, etc.)
  • Unforeseen structural deficiencies.

a. Costs by Brand

There are dozens of brands available depending on the region. In most cases, your contractor will help you determine the best brand for your home. Whether it’s a factory direct installation or a third-party, all of these windows come with warranties, many of them transferable. Any third-party contractor may warranty labor.

  • Wallside Windows: $300-$500. Vinyl replacement company that both produces and installs its product. They come with a 35-year warranty.
  • Feldco: $300-$700. Available in Wisconsin, Iowa, Indiana and Illinois. They both make and install their products. 20-year warranty.
  • NewSouth Window Solutions: Varies. Made and sold in Florida to meet hurricane code requirements.
  • Andersen: $200-$1,800. Third-party installed by authorized dealers. 10-20-year warranty.
  • Pella: $100-$1,800. Available nationally with a 20-year warranty.
  • Jeld-Wen: $50-$1,200. Found throughout the country in big box home improvement stores.
  • Harvey: $125-$500. Found throughout most of New England.
  • Window World: Varies. Available nationally.

b. Window Change Cost by Location

While most install locations don’t make a significant difference in pricing, there are a few areas to note.

  • Basement window replacements: $250-$1,000+ depending on the number of alterations needed.
  • Basement egress windows: $2,600-$5,300+.
  • Bathroom or Bedroom: $300-$700 each.
  • Sunroom: price varies depending on the size.
  • Foyer or dining room: $300-$700 for installation. Large picture, bay and bow varieties can double or triple that price.
  • Replacing on upper floors increases the time it takes to access them from the outside. Add an hour of work per unit, or about $40.

c. Cost to Replace Windows in an Old House

Old homes (70 years or older) can double or triple project pricing. They each come with unique challenges, such as:

  • Custom pieces made to fit nonstandard sizes.
  • Repairing or replacing rotted or broken trim.
  • Match historical architecture.
  • Removing counterweights.
  • Upgrading to current code standards.
  • Filling empty areas with insulation.

9. Full Frame Windows vs. Retrofit Replacements

New constructionReplacement
Labor: $150 - $800 eachLabor: $100 - $300 each
Nail fin frameSlides into existing hole
Requires trim workNo finishing work needed

Installing new windows costs $5,950 on average. But understanding the two types of windows beforehand can save you thousands in labor.

10. FAQs

a. Are replacement windows worth the cost?

Replacements are often worth the price. You’ll get approximately 70% return when you sell your home. Depending on how long you live there, the energy savings can make up more.

b. How much is window glass replacement?

Window glass replacement costs $270 on average. Expect to spend $3 per square foot for the glass and about $50 to $75 per hour for the contractor.

c. Can I replace windows myself?

A handy homeowner may be able to replace their own windows but there are risks to a DIY install and you're unlikely to save any money. Contractors can purchase materials at wholesale, while you will most likely have to pay retail price. In addition, there are several other advantages to hiring a professional window installer.

d. How often should you replace windows?

You only need to replace them when they show rot, lose all insulation value or break. Many homeowners of older properties upgrade from single pane to double pane to reduce utility bills. There are other benefits of replacing windows to consider.

e. How much does a mobile home replacement window cost?

Mobile home units run from $100 to $300, quite a bit cheaper than most traditional homes.

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