There are many benefits for replacing and updating your old, drafty and worn out windows. But when it comes time to make these updates, most people will ask the million-dollar question, “How much is this going to cost?” According to eHow, the average price range for a typical replacement window can range anywhere between $189 – $700. That price range is standard if the pre-existing opening is structurally sound and not in need of any enhancement or repair. The article goes on to explain that this price should also include the costs associated with removal of the old window as well.
Replacement Window Cost Breakout
Typical costs to replace all these windows include:
- Removal – The contactor you hire should properly remove all existing windows, which will require work on both the interior and exterior of your home. The contractor should indicate a plan for removing and replacing all the windows in your home and discuss whether or not your windows need repairs or replacement of moldings after the new window is in place. They should also plan in advance, any costs associated with the disposal of the old windows and building materials.
- Repair – We strongly suggest that your window replacement project begin with a professional or experienced installer checking for problems such as leaks, mildew or other structural issues before starting any work. You and your contractor should discuss if you will be charged more if the entire window frame needs to be replaced or if it is rotted. You should also know up front if there are additional fees for any interior “finish” work that would need to be completed. Being aware of any pre-existing issues and discussing these concerns up front could save your thousands of dollars in the long run.
- Casings and efficiency – usually windows improve the energy efficiency of your home, but it is also important to think about the cost of improving the efficiency of the window casing too. The area that surrounds the window should be sealed or insulated to decrease any air leaks or drafts that could also eat up your energy bill.
What Should Be Included In A “Window Replacement?”
- A window replacement should include: removing the existing windows, installing new ones, cleanup and disposal of the old windows, and washing the new windows.
- Estimates are usually based on united inches, which is equal to the sum of the length and width of each window
- Vinyl windows are usually the least expensive; other window framing materials include wood, aluminum and fiberglass.
- An energy starlabel means greater savings on heating and air conditioning. Improved energy efficiency may call for different types of windows on different sides of the same home, depending on sun and weather exposure.
How much will it cost to replace my windows?
This “Cost to Install Replacement Windows Calculator” will allow you to estimate how much it will cost you to update your windows according to your zip code and number of windows that need to be replaced. The Replacement Window Installation cost estimate is calculated from average material costs, unit labor productivity rates and national average hourly labor wages.