Replacement Window Costs Explained

Replacement windows come in a wide variety of costs, but usually a new window can cost anywhere from $150 to $700 per window, depending on many things. Factors contributing to the costs include window size, frame materials and glass options. Another factor in the cost is the method of replacement; do-it-yourself or hiring a contractor. Listed below are some things to think about when ordering replacement windows.

Costs of replacement window frame materials

Window frames can be made from several different materials. The type of material used will be a factor in the cost of the replacement windows. The least expensive and most popular material is vinyl. Vinyl is so popular because it is relatively inexpensive, can be molded to any shape, and is a non-conductor, which means that heat does not travel well through it, making the material energy efficient. It is also a low maintenance material, easy to clean and weather resistant. The next most common material is wood. Wood is naturally insulating, and therefore just as energy efficient as vinyl. One of the drawbacks to wooden frames is that they are not as easy to shape as vinyl, and they require a bit more maintenance to keep looking new.


Other materials used for window frames are much more expensive and not used nearly as often. Those materials are aluminum, wood clad with vinyl or aluminum, fiberglass and steel. Steel is rarely used in residential homes, but is used commercially. The starting price for an average-sized, basic, vinyl replacement window is about $180.

Costs of replacement window glass materials

There are many options in the glass you choose for your replacement windows. Windows are no longer just a single pane of glass. All new windows are double-paned, and from there, you can add energy saving features at an additional cost. One option available is adding a third pane of glass. Another energy saving feature is adding argon or krypton gas in between the panes for added insulation. There are also a variety of coatings and glazes that can be applied to the glass. All of these features increase energy efficiency, but also increase the cost. In the end, the cost of replacement windows can be as inexpensive or as expensive as you choose for it to be.