Top 5 Factors That Influence The Price of Replacement Windows



How much do replacement windows cost? This is one of the most frequently asked questions in the industry, yet one of the most difficult to answer. The truth is that there isn’t a straightforward answer in terms of how much you’ll pay for a window, and the price tag varies from company to company.

Before you contact a window company for your free quote, it helps to understand the variables that influence price. A quote is not your final bill, and the overall cost can change if complications or unforeseen events arise.

So, what exactly are the factors that influence the cost of a replacement window, anyway?

Replacement Window Quality: High End vs. Low End

Perhaps one of the biggest influencers of a replacement window’s price is quality. All replacement windows are not created equal, and quality ultimately reflects on the price.  The quality of the windows boils down to 3 main factors: durability, color, and heat resistance. High-quality windows will have the highest durability ratings, and heat resistance allowing the windows ultimately last longer, while withstanding harsh weather conditions.

Replacement Window Materials: Wood/Fiberglass vs. Vinyl

In addition to quality, materials also matter when it comes to price. Fiberglass and Vinyl are very similar in quality, however, vinyl is the most cost effective option for replacement windows—as long as you select a high-grade vinyl window, you’ll see energy savings down the road and more money in your wallet. Fiberglass windows are high-quality as well, but are usually priced about 30% higher.

Wood is the most expensive material for replacement windows. Although the price of wood windows varies by brand and company, you can expect to pay a higher price for wood over vinyl.

Your Window’s Installation Process

There are 3 different types of window installations:

  • New Construction Window Installation - window product is selected prior to construction, so the window opening is created to accommodate the selected windows.
  • Retrofit Window Installation - less expensive because a new window is installed in place of the old one in the existing frame)
  • Full-Frame Tear-Out Window Installation - when the entire window and frame is removed and replaced. This often includes removal of trim, jam extensions and brick moulds. Often more costly than retrofit.

More often than not, your new windows will easily be installed in your home without issue. Other times, setbacks occur that impact the cost of your initial quote.

For example, a homeowner may decide to replace a geometric window with a double hung window. Due to the difference in size, the installation crew will need to cut a new opening to make room for the double hung. This process will reflect in the cost of your overall project.

Warranty And Certifications

Just like the price of windows, warranties vary from company to company. Depending on what your warranty covers on your windows, it will reflect in your overall price.

Furthermore, the best replacement window companies have highly skilled and certified installers to make sure your project is done quickly and correctly. Window companies may charge a little more when they have highly qualified installers and certifications—after all, they’re the best of the best.

The True Cost of Replacement Windows

While window prices vary, be selective with the window company that you choose. To learn more about the cost of windows and how far your budget will take you, contact Universal Windows Direct today for your free replacement window quote.