When considering the cost of vinyl window replacement there are many factors at play and you, the homeowner, are at the center of them all.
There are many options and factors at play when embarking on a window replacement project. But when you break it down, there are two major costs when replacing windows: the windows and the installation. Costs of each can vary from market to market and contractor to contractor. The cost of labor will depend on the extent of the project. The cost of vinyl windows will completely depend on the style of windows and the custom options you may or may not choose. For example, if you choose to replace a pair of double hung windows in your living room with a beautiful bay or bow window, you’ll have some minor remodeling involved in the space, which could increase the cost. The cost could also increase if you choose upgrades like a custom color or custom hardware. When it comes to how much vinyl window replacements cost, the answer depends on you and your preferences.
Factors that determine the cost of vinyl window replacement.
1. Your window installation is just as important as the windows.
When investing in window replacement, remember, the installation of the window is equally as important as the quality of windows you choose. The average homeowner may replace windows only once in their lifetime, which is why you need to carefully consider the quality of the windows and the level of experience of your chosen contractor. Let’s put it this way, the window you choose can be top of the line, but if it is installed incorrectly it won’t perform the way it should. Incorrect installation can be a nightmare for you and your home. That’s why we recommend using experienced, Simonton contractors who are established in our ProNetwork. Find a Simonton pro here.
2. Custom upgrades like hardware, color and woodgrain, or grid patterns can affect window cost.
Every home and every homeowner are different. Depending on your style and preferences, you may choose custom windows for your home, which could increase the cost of your new windows. For example, if you’re looking for the classic look of a wood window, but want the ease of maintenance that comes with a vinyl window, you can choose a woodgrain laminate that perfectly mimics the look of wood. See an example of woodgrain windows here. Or, if you want a bold pop of color on the outside of your home, you can choose anything from brick to pine to tan. See an example of custom colored windows here. And going beyond color, Simonton customers can also choose custom hardware options. See hardware options here.
3. Bay or bow? Casement or double hung? Window style also influences the cost of your new windows.
The window shopping experience can feel overwhelming because there are so many window style options. Double hung vinyl windows are typically a little more expensive than single hung windows because of the added value they bring. A double hung window opens on the top for easy cleaning and many homeowners love the ability to open the top half of the window to help keep children and pets safe. Other homeowners greatly prefer casement windows because they open using a crank handle. You can shop our various window styles to get a sense of additional pros and cons of each.
4. Energy efficiency can play a significant role in the price of a window.
While most new vinyl windows are incredibly energy efficient, there are efficiency options and upgrades that can make them even more efficient. For example low-e coatings, argon gas fills, and ENERGY STAR certified are options commonly used in extreme climates to offer that extra layer of efficiency to keep the cold in and the heat out, or the heat in and the cold out.
So, how much does window replacement cost?
With all of those considerations in play, consider these numbers knowing your custom options or lack thereof could change the cost.
According to the 2016 Cost vs. Value Report published by Remodeling Magazine, the average cost to replace ten existing 3’ x 5’ double hung windows with upscale options like a woodgrain interior and custom color exterior is $14,725.00. That price includes the labor in addition to the windows.
Keep in mind, every window replacement project varies in cost based on these major factors:
- Custom options
- Window style
- Simple replacement or remodel
- Quantity of windows
- Contractor or installer chosen
If you’re at the beginning of your vinyl window replacement process start by finding a pro within the Simonton network.
Take the first step: Create Your House
You can also create a MyHouse account on our website and add window choices to your house before you even meet with a pro. This expedites the pro’s ability to provide you with a window replacement estimate. Create a MyHouse account here.