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How Much Does Vinyl Window Replacement Cost?

Published on: August 10, 2021

Vinyl window replacement cost will vary based on the windows you select and the cost of labor for a window installation contractor. The average cost for double-paned window replacement is $375-$685. Most commonly, homeowners pay $575 per window in their home.

Vinyl windows tend to be the most affordable window type. They also tend to last longer than wood windows, which is a great benefit to make them more cost-effective. But even within the vinyl window family, you’ll have several options for types of vinyl windows.

Read up on the best vinyl windows on the market to learn more about window types and brands. We’ll provide a guide to estimating vinyl window prices to help you select the best one for your home.

Factors That Impact Vinyl Window Replacement Cost

As you evaluate the cost to replace your vinyl windows, you’ll need to consider these key factors.

  • Number of windows in your home
  • Location of your home’s windows
  • Age of your home
  • Full-frame, pocket or retrofit replacement
  • Quality of the replacement windows you select
  • Energy efficiency
  • Window warranties
  • Replacement window styles or sizes

The best way to get a true quote for your vinyl windows is to reach out to a few local contractors. Contractors can visit your home and provide a price quote based on your home’s exterior features and the type of windows that you want.

Reach out to a professional to get an accurate quote on your window replacement project.

Window Material Options

As you evaluate vinyl windows cost, you might want to also look into other window material options. You have five main options when it comes to windows.

  1. Vinyl
  2. Wood
  3. Fiberglass
  4. Aluminum
  5. Composite

As you investigate these options, just know that vinyl tends to be the most affordable. Plus, you’ll also find vinyl to have great energy efficiency and durability to provide an outstanding living experience.

Wood windows can cost as much as $1,300 per window. While they offer a classic look, they are quite expensive and can require more maintenance than vinyl. For the most part, homeowners only use this type of window for historic homes.

Fiberglass windows are about 25 percent more expensive than vinyl windows. They are more durable and provide greater insulation, but they could cost as much as $1,500 per window. 

Aluminum windows do not insulate as well as vinyl, but they are affordable at about $400 per window. 

Composite windows are the most durable windows on the market but be prepared to pay up to $1,200 per window. A composite window is made from PVC polymers and wood fiber. This mix means low-maintenance windows. 

Window Style Options

Once you’ve selected your window material, you need to select the style. Different window styles offer various perks, such as easier cleaning or more options for letting natural light and a cool breeze through your home. See pictures of the various vinyl window styles here.

Single Hung

A single hung window is one of the simplest options on the market. These are classic, vertical windows. Only the bottom sash opens. The challenge of these windows is that they are harder to clean, especially on the second story of your home. To clean these windows, you’ll need to hang out the window or get a ladder to reach the upper half. You’ll pay $100-$450 per window without installation.

Double Hung

Double hung windows are also vertical windows. The only difference is that both sashes open. These windows cost more than the single-hung option at about $150 to $650 per window before installation costs. But you do get greater circulation in your home and simpler cleaning processes since both sashes tilt inward.

Arched

Arched windows offer a unique design and aesthetic to your home. These windows feature a curved top window over top a standard rectangular window. You’ll get a little more sunlight through these windows, and they can add beauty to your home. Just be ready to pay about $325 to $500 per window.

Awning

Awning windows are great for rainy areas, which certainly describes the Seattle, Washington, climate. These windows offer a water-resistant awning when they are open so that you can still use them for fresh air even when it’s rainy. The cost for these windows is more expensive at $420 to $760 per window.

Bay

There is nothing more charming than a bay window. These can make your room feel a bit larger since they protrude from the exterior wall. And the great news is, they can add value to your home. However, with such a large glass surface, these windows are not inexpensive. Prices start at about $1,000.

Casement

Instead of opening vertically, a casement window swings out to the side using a hand crank. You can select to have them open to the left or the right depending on your home’s structure. The benefit of a casement window is that they offer a solid glass look to avoid obstructing your view out the window. Depending on how large your windows are, casement windows can cost $150 to $1,000.

Those are the most common window styles. Talk with your contractor about other specialty window style options.

Talk to a qualified window specialist to understand what other costs might be involved.

Additional Home Improvement Cost Factors

Replacing your home’s windows is not an inexpensive project. But you also want it done right. It’s an opportunity to assess the exterior of your home to look for structural needs and insulation gaps.

Consider a contractor skilled in a variety of exterior building projects. That way, you can assess your full home exterior wellbeing at once. Here are some considerations for additional work while your contractor is there for the windows.

  • Structural repairs: rotted or damaged wood on your home’s frame could cause severe damage to your home. Sometimes, when homeowners let window or siding replacement go too long, it allows moisture to get to the structure of your home. If a contractor sees this when they remove the windows, they’ll highly recommend taking time to fix this issue.
  • Insulating and weatherproofing: depending on your home’s original build or window installation job, you might need to close gaps to improve your home’s insulation and avoid moisture and air from seeping through your windows. Depending on the status of your home, this could add some cost to the project.
  • Window disposal: some contractors add in the cost of disposing of your old windows in the installation cost. Others leave it as a separate line item. There are protocols for how to dispose of these windows to ensure environmental safety. This process can add to the total cost of your project.
  • Siding: if you think you’ll need to replace your home’s siding soon, it’s best to do it at the same time as when you replace your home’s windows. This allows for the most secure and sealed window installation and ensures that your siding won’t get messed up if you install new windows later. These projects complement one another nicely. It does mean putting forward more money at once, but the contractor might be able to offer cost savings for doing window and siding replacement at the same time since they’ll already have the team at your home. Ask about financing options to make the project more affordable and possible for you now. 

2FL Windows, Roofing and Siding is a premier provider in the Seattle, Washington, area for window replacement and installation. We’ll work with your budget to find the most affordable vinyl window replacement cost for you while ensuring you get quality windows that protect your home. Contact us for a free in-home estimate.

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