New decade, new windows - that is how the saying goes, right? OK, perhaps not, but if a whole new decade is not the perfect time to refresh and update the windows in your home, then when is? If you are considering replacing your windows this year, you are probably nervous about the cost. Most clients believe a window replacement has to cost an arm and a leg, and while we will not deny it is not particularly cheap, it does not have to put a massive dent into your savings either.
However, it is also important to remember that price often reflects quality. All too often we hear of homeowners cutting corners to get a better deal, only to end up having to pay more to fix issues that would not have happened if they had used a quality contractor and quality materials in the first place. We are not saying you cannot get good deals out there, but if a deal seems too good to be true, it probably is. With that in mind, how much should a replacement window cost in 2020? Well, we are glad you asked - you have come to the right place to find out.
Firstly, you need to consider the window type as different windows can significantly impact the cost per unit. For example, double hung may be more expensive than a single hung unit. In addition, casement style windows can be more expensive than your typical double hung units. And, each house will be different and each project will have to account for the specific qualities of each home. Age, condition, location of the windows, access, options such as grids and hardware, upgrades such as triple pane, laminated or tempered glass, and repair work can all be additional costs beyond the price of the window. At the end of the day, you should be considering replacement windows as an investment into your home, one that will improve its energy efficiency and comfort.
Looking Beyond the Price Tag
While a new window in 2020 can offer an ROI of up to 72.3 percent, according to Remodeling’s Cost vs Value report, a replacement window goes beyond the price tag and return on investment. Replacement windows are a great way to maintain the look and optimal functioning of your home. Quality replacement windows installed by a reputable and experienced home improvement contractor will offer you significant energy savings, temperature comfort, zero or minimal maintenance and a home that looks beautiful inside and out.
The Installation Process is Vital
Professional installation can be the difference between a quality long term window and an ongoing financial headache for your household. Professional installers understand the construction of each product, how to deal with challenges and problems that may arise throughout the installation phase, and how each product works to improve the comfort and value of your home. Here’s an article on how to find the right contractor for your new windows, in case you need some advice.
Dollar and Cents … How Much Does a Replacement Window Cost in 2020?
According to Homeadvisor, here are general averages on what you can expect to pay per window based on the material you choose. On top of material price, you will also have to pay additional for options or upgrades, and for the installation, which varies from contractor to contractor.
|Type||Material Price Only|
|Vinyl||$100 - $900|
|Woos||$150 - $1,300|
|Fiberglass||$500 - $1,500|
|Aluminum||$75 - $400|
|Composite||$300 - $1,200|
Below is what you can expect to pay by window style.
|Style||Material Price Only|
|Double-hung||$150 - $650|
|Single-hung||$100 - $400|
|Picture||$300 - $1,200|
|Casement||$200 - $1,400|
|Sliding or Folding||$150 - $800|
|Bay or Bow||$1,000 - $4,500|
At the end of the day, material cost and the style of window cost will vary depending on where you buy and the contractor you use. It is always wise to shop around before you commit, but the most important thing to remember? Cheaper rarely means best.