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How Do You Determine the Cost of Replacement Windows?

Woodgrain Vinyl Window

In this post you will learn ...

  • Windows + Installation = COST
  • Options that factor into the cost of the window

What is the cost of replacement windows? The short answer is easy. Window + Installation = COST.

But, what determines the actual cost of the window itself? The missing pieces to this equation are:

  • Size
  • Interior color
  • Exterior color
  • Glass options (multiple choices depending on efficiency)
  • Hardware finishes
  • On site visit to determine difficulty of removing existing windows
  • Installation materials needed to properly install and finish windows such as interior wood trim, exterior flashing, etc.
  • Style of window. Listed below are a few example of replacement window styles:

Double-Hung Windows

Double-hung Window

Casement & Awning Windows

Casement & Awning Window

Sliding Windows

Sliding Windows

Bow & Bay Windows

Bay & Bow Windows

If an installer or salesperson quotes you a price without knowing the answers to the above questions, two outcomes are likely:

1. The price is not accurate

2. The window and installation are not what you’re expecting

$189 window factsSo when you see an advertised price of $189 installed followed by a whole lot of fine print, please stop and ask these questions:

  • Installed how?
  • What kind of window?
  • Warranty?
  • Glass?

When you get the final cost on your project from these types of companies, you will find that the total cost is much higher than the number you expected; number of windows x $189. These ads are designed to grab your attention, but may not solve your window concerns.

You can get a rough cost estimate by visiting your local home improvement store. Many of the name brand casement windows you find at big-box stores can be priced around $938. When looking at these prices, it's important to remember that this prices doesn't include tax and installation. Be prepared to spend at least $100 or more per opening for installation.

As you can see, there is quite a range between $189 and over a $1000 per window. And the price can go even higher for custom made, high end windows with state of the art glass packages.

The goal is to find the best window for your budget. This task starts with research - on the internet or showroom visits. Look for a window that best fits your needs. Remember to look beyond aesthetics and choose windows that will also:

  • Keep your home warmer in winter
  • Keep your home cooler in summer
  • Reduce noise pollution
  • Reduce fading from harmful ultra-violet rays
  • Last - durable
  • Be easy to clean
  • Come with a warranty

As much as we would like to get an instant, accurate price on the internet like we do with so many other products…window shopping for an accurate price includes a little more work.

Remember, these products are usually NOT coming off a shelf. They are custom made and specifically designed for each opening in your home.

Invest the time in research and have a professional visit the home to accurately inspect the openings for proper installation. At this point, you will receive an accurate quote on YOUR specific project. Remember, don’t buy off a brochure, and view full working window samples so you know exactly what is being quoted. Most companies offer free quotes at your convenience and will bring full working window samples to your home for viewing.

In summary, smart shoppers will find the window of their dreams, priced within their budgets with just the right amount of time invested. Want to learn more about purchasing replacement windows? Download our free window buyer’s guide to learn more about the process as well as what to look for in replacement windows.

Would you like to learn more about Stanek Replacement Windows? Contact us today for more information about our window options. We would be happy to review the process with you and provide you with a custom quote. Schedule your free in-home estimate today.