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If you’re planning on installing new windows in your home, it’s important to know how much it will cost so that you can budget accordingly. Nowadays, window installation typically costs between $3,000 and $10,000 depending on the type of window and how many you’re having put in.

To get a rough idea of how much your window installation will cost, simply multiply the number of windows you need by the average window price, which is $700. Then, you’ll have to add the cost of labor, which is generally $40 an hour. The number you’re left with is a ballpark estimate of your installation cost, which will likely be affected by a number of other factors.

The Type of Window You Choose Will Affect Installation Cost

The type of window you choose will play a significant role in determining your total installation cost of your Highland Park window installation. Consider the average price estimates of the following window types when budgeting for your new window installation:

  • Single-hung. A single-hung window has two different sashes. The bottom sash opens and closes and the top sash is fixed in place. Single-hung windows usually cost around $250 to install.
  • Double-hung. Double-hung windows are similar to single-hung, but both sashes are functional. Installing a double-hung window will cost approximately $400.
  • Fixed. Fixed windows feature a frame and one glass pane, but can’t be opened. On average, they cost between $70 and $700 depending on size and frame material.
  • Sliding. Sliding windows are pretty self-explanatory. They can either slide open horizontally or vertically and typically cost between $200 and $800 to install.
  • Casement. Casement windows are opened via a hand-operated crank. This window type is great for letting fresh air into your home, as you’re able to open them fully. Installing a casement window can cost anywhere between $150 and $1,000.
  • Egress. Egress windows are often installed as a fire exit. They typically cost between $650 and $2,500 to install.
  • Bay. A bay window is actually one large window flanked by two smaller ones. The center window is what’s referred to as a “picture” window, or a large fixed pane that usually lacks glazing bars. The two smaller windows on either side of the picture window are usually sash-style. Installing a bay window can cost anywhere between $600 and $2,500.
  • Bow. Bow windows are made up of several windows that are offset to give a curved look. They can cost between $1,000 and $4,500 to install.

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The Material You Choose for Your Window Frame Will Also Impact the Cost of Installation

You’ve probably realized that there’s a great deal of variability in window installation estimates. That’s because there are so many factors that affect the overall cost of your window installation. The material you choose for your frames is one of those factors. Let’s learn more about the costs associated with the following frame materials:

Fiberglass

Fiberglass window frames cost around $750 per frame. Fiberglass frames are a great choice if you’re looking for a sturdy frame that won’t warp or crack over time. They’re also known for their ability to survive extreme weather conditions without so much as a scratch.

Vinyl

Vinyl frames can cost between $250 and $600. Installing vinyl window frames is a smart choice, as they tend to be more energy-efficient and typically require less maintenance than other frames.

Wood

Wood window frames have an elegant look that simply can’t be matched. However, they can be pretty expensive to maintain and can be extremely vulnerable to rain damage without the proper finish. Wooden window frames are also the most expensive to purchase, generally costing around $1,300.

Composite

Composite window frames are usually made of several different materials such as wood fibers, plastics, and a binding agent. Composite frames can help you reduce your home’s energy consumption, as they can be fantastic insulators. If you choose to install composite window frames, the cost can be anywhere between $300 and $1,000.

Aluminum

Aluminum frames are virtually impervious to corrosion caused by acid rain and have a decent lifespan, most lasting around 30 years. However, you might find that the disadvantages of aluminum frames outweigh the benefits. 

Aluminum frames offer little to no insulation, are very difficult to paint, and are generally considered the second most expensive frame material, usually ranging between $400 and $1,200.

The Type of Glass You Select for Your Window Can Indirectly Affect Installation Costs

Some types of glass can offset the cost of your window installation by saving you money in the long run. Low-U glass is highly energy-efficient and can save you money in energy expenses. Low-U refers to the U-factor of glass, which is a measure of insulation. The lower the U-factor, the better insulation your glass will provide.

Windows with double-pane glass can also help you reduce your energy consumption, but they can be on the pricey side. A double-paned window can range between $250 and $450, and that’s before adding the cost of installation. Although double-pane windows are considerably more expensive upfront, their insulating qualities will offset the price increase.

If you really want to go the extra mile to keep your home insulated, you might consider installing windows with triple-pane glass. While it’s an even better insulator than double-pane, triple-pane glass windows can cost between $500 and $1,000, not factoring in other installation expenses.

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Installation Cost Can Also Depend on Window Size

While window size typically doesn’t affect installation cost, it can impact the amount you spend on materials. If you’re planning on installing new windows in your living room, you might see a price increase, as larger rooms typically call for larger windows.

If you’re installing a window in your bathroom or another relatively small room, you probably won’t see the same difference in price. The only other scenario where window size will affect your final price tag is if you opt for a custom window. That’s because custom windows tend to have unconventional dimensions that warrant an increase in price.

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Labor Adds to New Window Installation Costs

Most contractors will charge around $40 an hour for labor. You can expect an increase in installation costs if you need your windows installed in a place that’s hard to reach. If you have an older house, installation may take longer which will also raise your bill. 

If you’re looking to shave a few bucks off your total bill, you might want to compare different contractors and see who has the best price. Some companies might even offer a discount on labor if you get your windows through them.

Additional Factors to Consider When Calculating Your Window Installation Cost

Window installation costs don’t stop at the price of the window and labor. More considerations should be made when calculating expenses to include: 

Which Floor Your Window Is Located On

Windows located on the second or third floor of a building can be difficult to access, which will certainly affect installation costs. They’ll also take longer to install, and the technicians will most likely need to bring ladders and safety gear

Window Brand

Different brands have different price points for their products. To choose the right brand for your home, look for one that has styles that compliment your home, but also keep in mind how much you’re able to spend per window.

It also helps to have a trusted local dealer that you can get recommendations from. They’ll use their knowledge of window brands to help you find one with models that look great and don’t cost a fortune.

Installing Windows on a Wall

If you need to install a window in a wall that doesn’t have any existing frame or opening in it, you should expect a significant price increase. A lot of work goes into preparing a wall for a window installation, so make sure to account for all the following factors when budgeting:

  • Drywall. Installing new drywall will cost around $1.00 per sq foot. Measuring out the amount of drywall you’ll need beforehand can help keep this cost predictable.
  • Framing. Framing can range between $1,000 and $2,500.
  • Siding. You’ll also need to repair your home’s siding after your new windows are installed. This can increase costs by as much as $1,000, but the average estimate is closer to $650.
  • Electrical. Installing a window in a pre-existing wall can be a headache for your electrician. They’ll need to reconfigure your wiring which will likely add another $100-$500 to your overall installation cost.
  • Insulation. Once your window installation is complete, you’ll probably need new insulation put in your wall. This can add anywhere between $450 to $3,000 to your final price tag. 

Tips to Reduce Your Window Installation Cost

Now that you know more about the factors that determine window installation cost, you’re probably wondering what you can do to save money on your new windows. Fortunately, there are several things you can do to lower your total bill, including:

Install During the Off-Season

The busiest time of the year for window installation companies is during the warmer spring and summer months. That’s because the dead of winter is not the time most people think about starting a home renovation project.

However, the fall and winter off-season might be the most cost-effective time to replace your windows. Lower demand often translates to reduced prices for materials, faster scheduling, and better deals overall. In addition, professional installers will work fast and know how to minimize the impact that the cold winter air has on the comfort of your home.

Install All the Windows You Need at Once

Another way to keep your window installation cost under control is to put in more than one at a time. Although this won’t impact the cost of the new window itself, it will help keep certain overhead expenses under control. 

Install Them Yourself

Installing your new windows yourself is only advisable if you have experience installing windows and you really know what you’re doing. Novice window installers can easily make costly mistakes, and the whole point of DIY is to save money. 

That being said, if you have what it takes to install your new windows on your own, you can significantly reduce installation costs.

New Window Installation Is Worth the Cost

Although the cost of new windows may seem prohibitive, it is an investment with attractive returns. Whether you’re planning on putting in multiple new windows or if you simply need to replace one that’s worn out, installation will improve your property’s:

  • Curb appeal. Beautiful new windows will add to the overall attractiveness of your home, impressing both your neighbors and potential buyers.
  • Resale value. Property renovations like replacement windows will help to increase the value of your home, creating equity that you can get back if you decide to sell.
  • Soundproofing. Old single-pane windows let a lot of outside sounds into your house, including passing trains, music from your neighbors, or car alarms from down the street. Newer options are available to reduce noise pollution.
  • Energy efficiency. New windows, especially those that are EnergyStar certified, will do a better job of protecting your home from extreme external temperatures. This means your HVAC runs fewer hours, and you could save up to $583 per year on your energy bills.

Make Sure to Hire a Well-Renowned Contractor

Hiring a professional contractor can help you lower your final bill and ensure that your new windows are installed flawlessly. A licensed, professional window installer can save you money by:

  • Measuring correctly the first time. Professionals know how to measure and get the right window for your space, ensuring that you don’t make a costly error.
  • Getting wholesale prices on materials. Professionals pay less for materials because they usually get wholesale discounts.
  • Recognizing signs of more severe issues. If your window is hiding mold or rotting wood, you’ll need to fix the problem before putting in your new windows. A professional will know the warning signs of underlying issues and can suggest cost-effective solutions.
  • Getting the job done fast. An installer with years of experience will have a speedy, streamlined process for replacing your windows, which will reduce your labor costs.
  • Being familiar with building codes. If you try to modify a load-bearing wall or place your window in a position prohibited by building codes, you may end up having to pay significantly more money to fix your mistake.

Trust the Professionals at Opal Enterprises With Your Window Installation

With almost 20 years in the business, Opal has the tools and knowledge to get your window replacement project done right and on budget. Schedule a free consultation today to discuss your home improvement goals and learn about the options available.

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