Windows are not something that require replacement every year. The majority of windows have a lifespan of 15-25 years (most with guaranteed warranties). While windows are built to last, your windows may still need to be repaired or replaced from time to time. But when it comes time to install new windows, it’s important to understand the costs associated with installation. Knowing the price of a project beforehand allows you to budget appropriately and hire the right pro for the job.
Cost Factors to Consider
The most popular kinds of windows to install are single-hung, double-hung, sliding, and encasement windows. Each one of these windows has their own features, making the prices of installations differ.
Along with deciding which kind window you would like to have installed, you must also decide on either a full window replacement (more expensive), or retrofitting to your existing window. Keep in mind that your window material will also impact your final cost. A window pro will be able to assist in choosing the type, material, and whether to replace or retrofit.
Costs of Window Installation by Type
A single-hung window, also known as a sash window, opens from the bottom and slides up. The top part of the window is fixed and does not move at all. Single-hung windows are popular for porches and patios since the window can open and close without protruding, therefore not taking away any space.
The average cost of installing a single-hung window is $230-$460 per window.
A double-hung window is very similar to a single-hung, except it slides open from both the top and bottom. Additionally, double-hung windows have the ability to tilt open as well. These allow for increased ventilation compared to the single-hung window.
The average cost of installing a double-hung window is slightly higher than the single-hung due to the more versatile functions. The cost can range from $395-$1000 per window.
A sliding window is different from other windows as it extends horizontally. Rather than utilizing a pulley or spring to open, it just slides open. Due to its easy mechanics, these windows are found to be more durable.
The average cost of installing a sliding window is $430-$1500 per window.
A casement window opens outward with a side hinge (similar to a swinging door), using a crank. These windows can be opened fully, allowing for maximum ventilation inside the home. With a crank system, these windows won’t be affected by factors such as wind, allowing them to stay open on their own.
The average cost of installing a casement window is $360-$980.
Tip: When replacing your windows, you can save money on replacing multiple windows at once, versus only replacing one or two. Pros might charge a lower rate per window if you are doing multiple, whereas if you are only replacing one, the price may be higher to make it worth their while.
When it comes time to replace your windows, talk to a pro to figure out what style, material, and method would be best for your home. Remember that window installations don’t happen often, so you should plan and budget with that in mind. Windows may seem expensive at first, but they last a long time. It’s worth it to spend a little more money as it could save you money down the line. Contact a pro to get started on your window installation project today.