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Window Replacement Prices
Replacing your old home windows with new modern windows won't just brighten up your home and prevent leaks. Replacement windows can lower your energy bills and under a new government program can even earn you a tax credit.
How Much Does it Cost to Install New Windows?
The cost to install a window can vary dramatically depending on the brand, materials and local labor costs.
- Replacing a standard-sized window will cost, on average, $200 to $400 installed. You can get cheap vinyl windows for as little as $100 and high end windows or a custom window could cost up to $1,000 apiece installed.
- A standard sized bay window costs around $2,000 to $4,000 installed. Odd sized or custom designed bay windows could cost $5,000 to $10,000.
- A basement window costs approximately $100 to $500 installed.
- A garden window costs an average of $1,000 to $2,000 and some garden windows could cost up to $4,000.
- Storm windows are mounted on a window, either externally or internally. They are used in cold weather climates to improve a window's energy efficiency. A storm window is typically made of glass or plastic and can be mounted as a permanent or temporary fixture. They are often used in older homes to preserve the architectural integrity and are also a cheaper solution to replacement windows. They cost about a quarter of the price. Storm windows start at around $30 to $60 and can cost $150 to $300 or more. (read a brief overview of storm windows)
- A rotted or damaged window frame may need to be repaired before installing a new window.
- Double or triple-paned windows and those filled with argon gas deliver greater energy efficiency but are more expensive.
- If you buy at a big box store you may be paying extra for a salesperson's commission, which will raise the price by as much as 30%.
- You could save some money by purchasing and installing new windows yourself, or else buy them and pay a local handyman for window installation. However, if you hire a handyman as a window installer, make sure they have experience, as improperly installed windows can cause many problems.
- This Old House provides step by step instructions on installing replacement windows.
- You may be able to remedy a broken or leaky window by repairing it instead of replacing it.
- Readers Digest.com answers some frequently asked questions about buying new windows.
- For all things windows, have a look at This Old House.com.
- HGTV.com has a huge collection of articles on window design and ideas.
- Buying and installing new, energy-efficient windows in your home could earn a tax credit up to $1,500. For more details, visit EnergyStar.gov.