Replacement Windows CTWe've said it once and we'll say it again; the most important features of your home are your windows since they protect your home from exterior elements and heat. Choosing the correct materials and making sure you are getting the right price for what you are paying for is extremely important, so that you won't have to spend more money for simple repairs in the future. There are several factors that affect the factors of replacement window costs, and while nothing is a concrete value, it can help you get a rough estimate.

Actual Replacement Window Cost

The national average for replacement windows is about $350-460, but this price can be vary greatly depending on a number of specific features. One factor is the quality of the material you are using. No matter what material you use, the lower the quality, the lower the price. Secondly, the more windows you install, obviously the more you will pay. More windows require more labor, more time, more materials, and therefore more money. Location can also affect the price as harvesting the necessary equipment can be easier in some areas than others, either because it is in less demand or is more plentiful. Additionally, if you choose to have your own custom-made windows manufactured, this will increase the price because they are specially made, have better insulation value and increase the quality of your home. While all of these aspects are important, the three big factors are window materials, style and size of the window.

  • Material: Obviously, the better the material is, the higher the price is. Vinyl windows are the most cost effective and least expensive, while wood windows are in high demand so are usually the most expensive, only rivaled by fiberglass.

  • Style: Windows come in a variety of styles, such as double-hung, casement, bay and bow or pictures. Picture windows are generally the least expensive because they do not have any operating pieces, so its installation is fairly simple. However, casement or double-hung windows that require more labor to install have higher prices. Bay and bow windows are usually the most expensive, due to their size and window seat space.

  • Size: The smaller the window, the cheaper the window and the larger the window, the more expensive. Simple as that.

Energy Efficiency: Higher quality windows are more energy efficient and insulate your home better than lower quality windows. You have the option between single, double or triple glass panes and the number of panes increases the energy efficiency value, so the price increases as well. A window's U-factor also affects the price. A larger U-factor has more resistance to heat loss, so it is more energy efficient. Some homeowners might scare away from these prices, but it is best to spend more money upfront on more panes and U-factors because they help protect the home and will pay for themselves in the long run with decreased AC and heating bills. 

Labor: If you do not know how to install replacement windows, it is important to hire a trusted residential contractor. Contractors clearly will add to the price, as they need to pay their workers and suppliers. The amount of people needed and how much time the project takes increases the price. In addition, if you have any siding on your house it is wise to spend more to protect these existing structures during installation. More complex renovations are more expensive as well, so for example a one-story house is cheaper because ladders and complicated procedures are not necessary to reach higher windows. Cleanup costs and debris removal will also cost more, but are worth the money because a contractor will ensure unused or old materials are recycled or disposed of properly.

Materials and Supplies: Depending on the type and style of windows you chose to install, some extra materials are required. Fasteners, shims, flashing, drip caps, frame insulation and caulking materials can add to the estimated price.

Fiderio & Sons would be proud to help you with any of you replacement window needs. Visit our showroom in Meriden, or download our FREE guide, "How to Increase the Value of Your Home With New Windows & Doors."