After years of home ownership, you'll probably have to replace a few windows in your home. Although you may take your windows for granted, they remain an integral part in maintaining a comfortable home.
Unfortunately, these invisible barriers are fragile and can be broken with minimal amounts of force. The cost to replace windows will vary upon size, amount of windows needed, style and quality, but despite the many brands and options available, affordable replacements are easy to find if you know what you're looking for.
Are your window frames rotting?
Before you estimate replacement costs, it's important to inspect the existing window frames for damage or rot from insects and moisture. If the window's frame is soft to the touch, cracking or showing other signs of wear, it will need to be replaced. If it's still solid, you can opt to simply install new glass, which will save you money.
If you have to replace the wooden frames, expect your final price for installation and material to double.
Window Replacement Costs
Before you construct a window-replacement estimate, it's important to have a general idea as to where you plan on making a purchase.
Big-box stores may be the best option if you don't want to get "hands on." These stores will generally have fair prices for material and great insurance, but the commission and installation costs may be high.
For a complete window installation, find your own qualified contractor and window manufacturer. For a standard-size, double-hung, double-pane (energy efficient), vinyl window, expect to pay between $450 and $600, including installation.