Why do Windows Cost so Much to Replace on a Home?

If you’re considering a window replacement project but are concerned about the cost, you’re not alone. Many wonder how to get them for a cheaper price, but it’s important to remember you will get what you pay for. Replacement windows may seem costly, but this is one example of something that you don’t want to skimp or cut corners on.

Craftsman Style House with nice new windows.

While it’s understandable that a homeowner considering a window replacement project wants to know exactly how much new windows are going to cost them, unfortunately, there is no straightforward answer as the price tag will differ depending on how many windows you need, the company you hire, and the type of window materials you select.

Before you begin contacting window companies for a quote, it’s helpful to understand the multiple variables that can influence the price of new windows.

Quality of the Materials Selected

One of the biggest factors affecting the price of new windows is the quality of the materials. Not all windows are created equal, and you get what you pay for, so remember that cheapest isn’t always the best option when purchasing new windows.

Frame materials are one of the main indicators for window pricing. The two most popular frame materials are vinyl and wood. While these materials may offer the same benefits in terms of quality, there is a big difference when it comes to the price.

Vinyl is the most cost effective and affordable option when it comes to replacement windows. If you select a high-grade vinyl window, you’ll experience energy savings immediately. Vinyl windows are fairly easy to install and require very little maintenance.  Wood frames are a beautiful choice but will cost quite a bit more than vinyl.

Energy Efficiency of the Glass Package

If you hear of windows that are extremely low in cost, you can bet that energy efficient gases are not included within the panes. Also known as inert gases, argon and krypton, these gases serve as insulators to keeping your house warm in the winter and cool in the summer. Cheaper windows typically don’t include the application of low-e, which is in invisible coating that works to prevent your home from getting too hot in the summer, and prevents fading of your furniture. Adding gases and low-e to your windows can increase the cost by roughly 15 percent, but it’s well worth the cost.

Installation Process Involved

There are two main types of window installation: full-frame and pocket. With a full-frame installation, everything comes out, including the window, sill, and trim. With a pocket installation, the new windows are put into an existing frame. Speaking with a professional installation company can help guide you through what will be needed with your window replacement project.

Style and Size of Replacement Windows

Another factor in determining the price is the style and size of your new windows. Windows containing multiple pieces and parts, such as bow and bay windows, will be more expensive than a double hung window. The size of the window also makes a difference in price, as larger windows require more materials.

While new windows may seem expensive, they offer an excellent 72% ROI. In addition, the price of adding quality new windows to your home will continue to prove their value by the many benefits they offer, including energy efficiency, boosting the curb appeal, and improving the overall comfort of your home. If you’re ready to experience all of the incredible benefits that new windows have to offer, call your local, reputable window professionals at Armorvue Home Exteriors. We can discuss all of your options and answer any questions you have through a virtual appointment. Let’s schedule one today!


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