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What is the Cost of a Window Installation?

Adding new windows to your residence is an excellent way to refresh its appearance. Not only can it enhance the aesthetics, but it can also increase your home’s value and decrease energy costs. However, expenses for window replacement can vary depending on multiple factors. In this guide, we will go through the estimated costs of acquiring new windows.

Freshly installed window in a home in Minneapolis.

Determinants of Window Replacement Expenses

Numerous factors can impact the cost of window replacement. These include:

●       Window Type

●       Glass Type

●       Window Frame Material

●       Labor Costs

●       Window Size and Style

●       Customization

The national average cost for a window replacement is approximately $729, although it can range from $234 to $1,224. This price usually includes labor costs, window type, glass type, frame material, and size and style of the window. However, the specific expenses may vary depending on the factors involved.

Generally, homeowners should budget an average of $36 to $153 per window.

Windows come in a variety of styles and each has its own unique characteristics and cost implications that can significantly transform the appearance and functionality of your home. It is important to understand these options and their price ranges when making decisions for your residence.

● Single-Hung Windows: These windows have two sashes and are ideal for ground-level spaces. Prices typically range from $150 to $400 per window.

● Impact Windows: These windows are designed for coastal homes in hurricane-prone areas and feature impact-resistant glass. Costs can range from $150 to $500.

● Jalousie Windows: These windows allow refreshing breezes into your home and typically cost between $175 and $475.

● Transom Windows: These decorative accents come in various shapes and can add charm to any room with prices between $200 and $500.

● Double-Hung Windows: Probably the most common kind of windows, double-hung windows have two movable sashes that provide easy cleaning and excellent ventilation. Typically, costs per window range from $200 to $600.

● Hopper Windows: Ideal for cramped areas, these windows open partially from the top or bottom. When running on a crank, they may run you $200–$700.

● Circle Windows: These ornamental, non-operating windows come in a variety of shapes and frequently act as eye-catching focal points. Their typical cost ranges from $250 to $800.

● Sliding glass windows: Designed to fit into small areas, these windows open from the left or the right and run on a track. Features-wise, they can cost anything from $250 to $1,800.

● Awning Windows: These windows are waterproof and appropriate for areas that rain a lot since they pivot outward like an awning. They usually cost between $300 and $900 and offer good ventilation while blocking rain.

● Arched Windows: Usually costing between $350 and $850, arched windows can be put above current windows or used as complete replacements. They have a rounded top for enhanced aesthetic appeal.

● Picture Windows: These windows let in a lot of natural light and provide expansive views. They range in price from $350 to $850 and may be tailored to fit any type of home. They are intended for floor-to-ceiling installations.

● Casement Windows: Casement windows have a crank that works like a door to swing open to the left or right. They usually cost between $350 and $475 and provide adequate lighting and great vistas.

● Glass Block Windows: These windows block views while offering privacy and aesthetic appeal. They let light in. They cost between $450 and $900, are available in a variety of patterns, and are frequently used as decorative pieces in bathrooms.

● Skylights: Installed on the roof, skylights allow a lot of light to enter spaces with little wall area. Labor-intensive installation may be required, and bespoke sizes may result in higher expenses, which often range from $850 to $2,500.

● Bay and Bow Windows: Bay windows are more angular in shape, whilst bow windows are designed in a curved manner. These windows are more expensive and require professional installation because of their unusual structure; the price range is $900 to $2,200.

● Garden Windows: Made for gardeners, garden windows turn spaces within into miniature greenhouses. Prices range from $1,000 to $4,000, and features include an exposed glass for direct sunshine and an extending shelf for plants.

● Egress Windows: These emergency exits are frequently located in bedrooms and basements. Because of their specialist nature, they come at a premium price range, usually between $1,500 and $5,500.

Understanding the expenses and attributes of different window types is crucial when selecting the right style for your home. By considering your requirements, budget, and aesthetic preferences, you can make an informed decision that best fits your needs.

A newly installed skylight in a Minnesota home.

Glass Types and Their Expenses 

The type of glass you choose can impact the overall cost of your window installation. Common glass varieties and their average prices include:

● Single-pane glass: $50 – $150

●       Double-pane glass: $150 – $400

●       Triple-pane glass: $450 – $1,000

Triple-pane windows, with their extra glass layer and insulating gas, provide even greater insulation than double-pane windows. The installation cost for these windows ranges from $300 to $2,700 per window.

Window Frame Materials and Expenses

The type of material chosen for your window frame is a significant factor in determining the overall cost of your window installation. Here are some examples of the most commonly used materials and their respective prices:

●       Aluminum: $80 – $500

●       Vinyl: $150 – $600

●       Wood: $250 – $800

●       Composite: $400 – $1,300

●       Fiberglass: $700 – $1,400

Labor Costs for Window Replacement

Labor costs for window replacement can vary depending on several factors such as the number of windows involved, the complexity of the project, and the location of the windows. For standard-sized windows, you can expect labor expenses ranging from $100 to $400 per window. In larger scale projects, additional workers may be hired for a quicker completion, and some projects may take up to six hours or more. Retrofit installations, which replace only the window sash while utilizing existing frames and trim, can reduce replacement costs by 15% to 20%. Overall, this method typically costs between $100 and $400 for labor, in addition to the cost of materials.


The decision to install new windows can greatly improve the overall comfort, appearance, and worth of your home. While various factors may impact the cost of installation, it’s important to remember that investing in high-quality windows is a wise choice for long-term benefits such as energy efficiency and added value.

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Key Takeaways

Window Replacement Costs

Factors Affecting Cost:

  • Window type, glass type, frame material, labor.

Popular Window Costs (Ranges):

  • Single-Hung: $150 – $400
  • Sliding Glass: $250 – $1,800
  • Skylights: $850 – $2,500

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