Windows are an essential part of every building. You need windows to bring in natural light, view the outside world, and ensure adequate ventilation. Therefore, you should invest in high-quality windows that help you conserve energy and save you money. In addition, high-quality windows enhance your home security and increase your property’s value.

There are various factors you should consider when updating or replacing windows. These factors include the type of window, type of window frame, energy efficiency, and window size.

Let us explore what you should consider and how you can safely repair or replace your windows.

Factors that affect the cost of window replacement

  • The type of window

There is a vast collection of glass replacement windows for you to choose from.

  1. Single-hung windows

Single-hung windows consist of a fixed top panel and a movable lower panel. The window operates vertically, and the lower panel covers the upper panel when open. The single-hung window is common, and installation can cost between $170 and $600.

  1. Double-hung windows

Double-hung windows are more popular than single-hung windows, allow more efficient airflow, and are easier to clean. This is because their design allows you to move both the upper and lower panels. Installation of double-hung windows is between $400 and $850.

  1. Bay windows

Bay windows are large and protrude out of the wall leaving enough space for sitting. Due to their design, bay windows are ideal for cabins and buildings with a view. Bay windows consist of three panels installed at 25-to-45-degree angles. Installation of bay windows requires experts, and the estimated cost is between $1200 and $3500.

  1. Bow windows

Bow windows protrude outwards and comprise up to four window panels placed at a 10-to-15-degree angle. Bow windows are more expensive because they use more window panels, and installation is between $1400 and $4500.

  1. Awning windows

Awning windows operate horizontally by swinging outward and are ideal for offices, bathrooms, and campers. These windows use hinges and allow air circulation and keep rainwater out. The installation cost of awning windows is between $420 and $1100.

  1. Sliding windows

Sliding windows are rectangular and have two panels that operate by sliding over the other. Sliding windows are convenient to use, making them ideal for use in homes. The estimated installation cost for a sliding window is between $450 and $1300.

  1. Casement windows

Casement windows consist of left and right window panes and operate vertically using hinges to open outward like a door. These windows give a clear, open view and installation is between $380 and $750.

  1. Custom-made windows

You can install customized windows for your property. The cost of custom-made windows depends on the design you choose.

  • Type of frame

The frame you choose for your window affects the functionality and aesthetics of your space.

  1. Wooden frame

Wooden window frames are the most common type because they are strong and give a classic feel. However, without proper maintenance, wooden frames can be damaged by moisture and changes in the weather. The estimated cost of wooden frames is $1300.

  1. Aluminum window frames

Aluminum window frames are popular because they are durable, require low maintenance, heat insulators, and give the building a modern and sleek look. In addition, they are affordable, and the estimated cost is between $400 and $1200.

  1. Vinyl window frames

Vinyl window frames consist of polyvinyl chloride (PVC) and are not as strong or visually appealing as wooden, aluminum, or fiberglass frames. However, they are affordable, durable, and require very little maintenance. They cost between $250 and $600.

  1. Fiberglass window frames

Fiberglass window frames look like vinyl frames but are more durable, weather-resistant, offer better heat insulation and are more expensive than vinyl. Fiberglass frames are not popular and cost around $750.

  • Energy efficiency

Energy-efficient windows help conserve the environment and keep your power bills low. Energy-efficient windows maintain ideal indoor temperatures by keeping warm or cold air inside. The energy efficiency value of windows affects their cost.

  1. Multiple-pane windows

Multiple pane windows include double and triple-pane windows. The multiple glass panes are held together by adhesives to achieve energy efficiency. Multiple pane windows keep the air inside and prevent external temperatures from affecting internal temperatures.

The cost of multiple pane windows is dependent on the number of panes. The estimated cost of installing double pane windows is between $600 and $1000.

  1. Low-E coated windows

Low-emissivity-coated glass windows enhance thermal resistance by preventing UV and infra-red radiation that cause heat to enter the house. The windows still let sunlight into the home and are ideal in cold regions. The estimated cost of installing low-E windows is between $800 and $1200.

  1. Insulated glass windows

Insulated glass windows consist of multiple glass panes with inert gas sealed between them. The inert gas enhances thermal insulation and maintains the ideal internal temperature. The estimated cost of insulated windows is between $750 and $1300.

  • The size of the window

If your window is smaller than the standard size, you can expect to pay less for its replacement. Similarly, a larger window will be more expensive to replace.

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