Costs to Keep in Mind When Replacing Windows

Whether you just moved into a home that needs some TLC and upgrades, or your own older home is starting to show signs of wear and tear, windows are one of the things a homeowner needs to replace at some point.

While it’s true that a lot of people don’t pay close attention to their windows, they are an integral part of your house and play an important role in maintaining a comfortable home.


The need to replace current windows can be based on various factors, such as having old, cracked, stuck shut, leaky or drafty windows. Even if your windows are in relatively good condition, new generation of quality, energy efficient windows will help better insulate your home, and add to the energy bill savings as well as security.

The first thing to do is inspect your windows, starting with the frames. Look for damage or rot from insects and moisture – is the frame soft to the touch, cracking or showing other signs of wear? If it’s still solid, you can choose to simply install new glass, which will save you money; if not, your entire window will need to be replaced.

Typical window frame can be wooden or vinyl. Vinyl’s are less expensive, and also tend to have a longer life span and are easy to maintenance.

Wooden frames, while typically more expensive and requiring higher maintenance, are sought after due to their visual appearance.

Many factors contribute to the cost of window replacement, so we put together some things to keep in mind when planning for this project.

The cost to replace windows is dependent upon size and amount of windows needed, what kind of style and quality you desire, and the actual brand you choose.

If you go with big box stores, they will generally have fair prices for material and great insurance, but the installation costs and commission can be high.

For a complete window installation, hiring your own qualified contractor and window manufacturer has many benefits. A standard-size, double-hung, double-pane energy efficient vinyl window with installation can cost you between $450 and $600. A wood window can range between $800 and $1,000 with installation.

“Full-frame” replacement windows or “new construction” windows require more work at an additional cost – the entire window and framing has to be removed (down to the studs), so be prepared to add at least $50 to $100 per installation.

While the overall cost to replace windows can seem very expensive, it is an investment, which will not only increase your home’s value but also provide more safety and comfort to you and your family.

As far as the types of windows, there are several different kinds to choose from depending on your preferences or climate you live in.

Double-Hung Windows – Their cost is between $280 to $360, depending on the quality of glass and the type of frame; there are many options and deals you can find. Designed to be opened from the top or bottom, these windows are great for hard-to-reach areas, and are generally the most inexpensive, making them the most commonly installed type.

Tilt-Out Windows – Also known as tile and turn or tilting windows, they cost on average between $250 and $500. They fold in or out to reveal the glass’s exterior, which allows it to be cleaned from inside your home. These windows are great for areas where exterior accessibility is limited, but are typically pricier than standard double-hung windows.

Double-Pane Windows – Also known as double glazed windows and renowned for their energy saving ability, they range from $115 to $250. Double-pane glass is generally available in different encasements at an enhanced cost. Double-pane glass features an airtight space, filled with inert gas, which acts as a barrier between the outside weather conditions and the house temperature. This helps with climate control, and in a properly sealed home can save on utility costs.

High Performance Glass Windows – The most expensive to purchase, but the added benefits may well be worth the extra cost. They are more suitable for areas with extreme weather conditions like hail storms, since the glass is impact resistant and highly durable.

Depending on your environment, as well as your budget, you might want to explore the high performance specialty glass, such as triple pane windows for added savings, impact-resistant windows for areas of extreme conditions, or windows with shades built between the glass for a touch of modern living.

Labor for window replacements can be charged per hour or per project. The cost per project depends on the type of window, as well as the size of the window – the standard cost is $700 for wooden frames and $600 for vinyl frames, and the cost of removing old frames ranges from $50 to $250.

The type of window glass you go for is important, since it can contribute to energy bill savings and impact resistance depending on your location. For instance, tinted glass is good for reducing the UV rays, sun’s glare and heat; plus, the film in tinted windows makes them much easier to clean since they are water resistant. The cost of tinted glass is between $5 and $8 per square foot.

Generally, homeowners replace the glass of their windows, and frames are mostly replaced in cases of mold or water damage. With a wide variety of window designs and frames to choose from, your final cost of replacing a window will depend on the glass, frame and labor.

Whether you need repairing, replacing, or a more in-depth remodeling of your home, get your contractor or handyman in Lancaster, PA to start working on it while the weather permits, so you can feel comfortable and protected in your house during the colder winter months.

For experienced and affordable window contractors, Lancaster PA and replacement windows, and other quality handyman services, call Home One today to see how we can make your home healthier, more beautiful and comfortable.