For many homeowners, there will come a time when the windows in the home need to be replaced. Whether the windows are broken or showing signs of age, or the homeowner wishes to upgrade to a more energy-efficient variety or modernize their appearance, a home window replacement can increase a home’s value and curb appeal.
Factors That Determine Window Replacement Cost
Here are some of the variables that determine the cost of replacing windows.
Vinyl windows are currently the most popular type of window in the U.S., and their average price is between $100 and $900 per window. These are considered an affordable, energy-efficient and sturdy option.
Fiberglass window frames cost around 15% to 30% more than vinyl frames, with the national average cost sitting between $500 to $1,500 per window. However, they are more durable than vinyl and boast a similar insulation capability.
Wood frames cost, on average, between $150 and $1300. They provide a classic and elegant architectural appearance. Homes that are situated in historic districts may be required to opt for wood frames.
Composite windows are considered the most durable type of windows on the market and are made using a mix of wood fiber and PVC polymers. They are also maintenance-free. They cost between $300 and $1200 per window.
Aluminum frames can cost between $75 and $400 per window to replace. Larger or higher-end windows may even cost in excess of $1,200.
The Type Of Window
The type of window in question also impacts its overall window replacement cost. Larger windows tend to cost more to replace than smaller ones. In addition, varieties such as single-hung, double-hung, casement, storm, bay, picture and other types of windows will each come with their own price points.
The Location Of The Window
Replacing windows in some areas of the home involves additional costs. For example, a basement egress window can cost thousands of dollars to replace, while bathroom or bedroom windows tend to run between $300 and $700 each. In some areas of the home, such as living rooms and dining rooms, there may be a large bow, bay or picture window that can cost twice or even three times as much as normal windows to replace.
In addition, it can be more expensive to replace windows that are situated on the upper floors of a home because it requires the use of additional equipment and labor.
Type Of Glass
Energy-efficient windows often cost more than standard windows, but they can result in energy savings for homeowners. When considering the cost versus value of energy-efficient windows, homeowners should keep in mind that the same qualities that make these windows more energy-efficient also contribute to making the climate within the home more comfortable by preventing hot and cold spots.
A Low-E coating on the window can add 10% to 15% onto the price, but energy-efficient styles can save homeowners anywhere from 7% to 15% on their home energy bills. Depending on the cost of the windows, however, it may take several years to make up the extra expense.
Number Of Glass Panes
In general, windows that contain multiple glass panes will cost more to replace than windows with single panes.
Window Replacements And Home Value
According to HomeAdvisor, homeowners can expect to get a 70% return on their investment from window replacements when they sell their home. Depending on how long a person continues living in their home following the replacement, the energy savings that the windows bring can provide even more of a return on their investment.
Signs That Windows Need To Be Replaced
- The window has visible damage – One of the most obvious signs that a window needs to be replaced is visible damage to the glass or frame. Windows that are broken or damaged need to be fixed or replaced before the problem gets worse, so it is important to act quickly at the first sign of damage.
- The window does not open and close smoothly – When windows become difficult to open and close, it may be because the house has settled around the frame, the frames have warped or rotted, or the windows were not installed correctly. When windows do not close properly, it may mean that they are unable to lock, which can also pose a safety issue.
- The window is leaky – If windows fail to create a tight seal against leaks, they need to be replaced. Leaky windows can foster mold growth, which can cause respiratory illnesses in the home’s inhabitants. Therefore, windows that leak have signs of water damage should be replaced as soon as possible.
Contact The Experienced Window Replacement Contractors
If you are considering replacing the windows in your Northern Virginia home, get in touch with the experienced window replacement and installation team at Adelphia Exteriors. We will work with you to determine the best windows to meet your specifications and budget and install them with minimal disruption so you can enjoy all the benefits of new windows as soon as possible.