Window Prices – What To Expect When Replacing Your Windows

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Window Prices

What Goes Into The Cost Of New Windows?


So you’ve bought a new house that’s in need of a little TLC. Or perhaps you’ve owned your home for some time now, and the windows are showing signs of wear and tear. Maybe you’ve noticed a few extra drafty spots in your home, or some water damage below your window frames. Or maybe a stray baseball from the neighborhood kids found its way through your basement window.

In any of these situations, it can be helpful to know what kind of investment you are looking at when it comes time to replace the windows in your house.

Many factors must be taken into account when it comes to window prices, and that’s why we want to provide you with some solid information on the cost of new windows.


Window “Deals” Too Good To Be True

Some companies offer a notably low price on new window replacements, such as the “$189 Window”. These deals are almost guaranteed to be too good to be true. These advertisements are often referring to the absolute “bare-bones” window, without any of the upgrades. The missing upgrades are not just “nice to have” additions to the base window, they are necessary—so you may in fact pay more than $189 for your window.

Your windows have a big job to do. They need to keep you safe from harsh weather, keep drafts out, protect from intruders, keep your house dry, and all while making your home look beautiful. Why would you want to buy a product unable of stepping up to those tasks?

These advertisements for low-priced windows are aimed at getting you in the door, or on the phone, with these window installers. Once they have you on the line, their job is to upsell you to a more appropriate window.

Be wary of such offers, and be sure to invest in a quality product that will meet your needs and is sure to last.


Hiring A Contractor

One way to make sure your windows are quality windows that include a good warranty is to work with a reputable contractor. Here are a few things to look for when choosing a contractor:

  • A local contractor with an office based in or near your city
  • They hold all applicable licensing and certifications for your project
  • Look for experience, both in the installers, and in the company 
  • Positive reviews (Check Google, BBB, Angie’s List, Yelp, and Facebook)
  • They will look into if your current windows are under warranty, and assist you with any possible warranty paperwork

The Real Numbers

Now lets look at some real numbers. Keep in mind that these prices can vary drastically, relative to location, materials used and any extra work needed in installation. Also keep in mind that these windows include everything you need including the various materials, warranties, and installation costs.

Your most affordable option will most likely be a double-pane vinyl replacement window. This kind of window will begin at about $450 per window, including proper installation.

Wooden windows will cost a bit more, beginning around $800 – $1,000 per window.

Other costs to be aware of in window installation are replacement of wood rot, or local code requirements.  

Also, you may want to consider upgrading to a security window. This is especially important if security is a concern. That said, keep in mind you may only need to install these windows to the first floor of your home, or windows with easy access. Read more about high-security windows, here. 


How To Save On Your New Windows

A reputable contractor will work with you on the price of your project. Don’t hesitate to discuss with your contractor the cost of your project. Ask them to provide several quotes, with different materials and prices. You can also ask them if they are offering any specials or discounts, or if any specific manufacturer is offering product rebates. And make sure that you have them look into whether or not your window is under warranty, and if you can be compensated by your insurance for part or all of your project. You may also want to consider working with a contractor who offers financing for your project.

Now that you have a better idea of what your new windows will cost, you’re ready to call several reputable contractors in your area. Put this knowledge to work, asking for several price options and possible discounts. Don’t fall for a “deal” that’s too good to be true. Put in the extra time and expense, and make sure your home is well protected with high-quality windows that will last.



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