Your home’s integrity relies on the quality of the windows. Replacing your windows occurs out of necessity (broken or leaking windows) and sometimes out of cosmetic need. Windows offer insulation, protection from the elements, and aesthetic appeal, making them an important purchase.
But how much do they cost?
Average Cost to Replace Windows
There are a large number of window options available, but on average, one window replacement costs an average of $100 to $650, according to Home Advisor. It also depends on the type of window. A few common options include:
- Double hung – You slide the window from top to bottom
- Single hung – Only one part of the window moves from bottom to top
- Sliding – Slides open horizontally
- Stationary – Doesn’t move
If you need to replace the window frame, it adds to the cost. Among the available materials, vinyl is the most affordable and durable. But choose the material that matches your home’s style. The other options include:
How to Save on Window Replacement Costs
Today, many homeowners turn to DIY projects, trying to save money on labor, but window replacements aren’t an area you should do yourself.
Not only is the installation complicated, if done incorrectly, it could leave your home with leaks, less energy efficiency or look unpleasing. Between the cost of the tools needed and the time it takes, a professional could have your entire home’s windows replaced before you get started.
Rather than opting for DIY window replacement, consider the following ways to save money:
- Replace all your windows at once, as you’ll get bulk pricing versus replacing a single window
- Shop around for the best prices; contact at least three window companies so you can compare prices
- Ask about different window frame and glass materials to compare your options/prices
Is it Worth it to Replace Windows?
If you’re replacing your windows because they’re leaking, look unpleasant, or are cracked, it’s worth it without any calculations.
If you’re thinking about replacing windows because of their age or appearance, know that you’ll receive up to 70 percent of your investment back when you sell your home. Most home projects don’t have a 100 percent return on investment, so 70 percent is a decent return that helps you get the most out of your project.
Not to mention, if you opt for energy efficient windows or your windows are old and let hot and cold air in, you’ll likely see savings on your energy bills, giving you an even greater return on your investment.
How Often Should you Replace Windows?
There isn’t a specific timeframe that windows last, but on average you should get at least 15 years out of even the least expensive windows. High quality windows last longer than cheaper windows. But, if you notice rotting, drafts, or cracks, it’s time. If you’re switching over to energy-efficient glass, any time is the right time to replace your windows.
Replacing the windows on your entire house is quite an investment, but it’s one that pays you back in spades. Not only will you see an increase in your home’s values, but you’ll increase your home’s curb appeal and decrease the energy your home uses making everyone more comfortable and you can’t put a price on happiness.