There can be many reasons why you might want to replace the windows on your house, such as replacing a smaller window with a larger one, replacing old drafty windows with more energy-efficient ones, or replacing clouded windows with ones that are crystal clear.
But regardless of the reason why you’ve decided to replace your home’s windows, the most common concern for homeowners is almost always the cost of replacement windows. Choosing your replacement windows can vary in terms of cost, but you should first understand how to estimate the costs involved.
The Average Cost to Replace Windows
The average cost to replace windows can vary, and in some cases, quite dramatically depending on the type and size of windows you want and any factors that might affect installation.
The Federal Trade Commission reports that the price per window can range from a few hundred to a few thousand dollars, depending on the materials and features you choose, as well as the installation costs. The 2019 Cost vs. Value report for Washington, DC shows the job cost to replace 10 existing 3’ x 5’ double-hung windows, with insulated glass, low-E coating and a custom color exterior trim costs $16,946 or $1,695 per opening. This cost includes installation and trim to match the existing trim without disturbing the existing interior trim. This report also shows the average resale value of this project as $12,967, so you can recoup 76% of the cost of the project when you sell your home.
You also need to factor in the number of windows you’re replacing, and whether there is any damage to the wood around the old windows. If the window needs to be removed all the way down to the studs, then you can add another $50 to $100 per window to the installation costs.
7 Things That Affect the Average Cost of Windows
When you’re looking to try and estimate the cost of replacing your windows, there are seven factors that can have an impact on the cost of your projects. These factors include:
- Style of windows
- Frame material (wood, vinyl, or fiberglass)
- Optional features
- Size of the project
- Location of your home
- Installation costs
Hire a Professional to Replace Your Windows
Due to the size and scope of this type of project, it should only be handled by professional window installers. Because of the varying costs, the best way to estimate the total price is to have a professional window installation company provide you with an estimate. By getting an estimate, you will have a better guideline to fully understanding the cost of replacing your home’s windows. At Thompson Creek Window Company, we carry an extensive line of windows at affordable prices. And, we design, build, and install them ourselves. If you are looking to replace your home’s windows, then contact the window experts at Thompson Creek to get a free estimate for your windows today.