You Are Here : Home : Window Installation Prices
Window Installation Prices
Window installation prices can be a tricky subject; there are different installation methods and requirements based on the overall condition of the window opening. Here are some price ranges and estimates for each. Simple inserts or pocket replacement are easy to swap in and should run $75 per opening, normal replacements with stops and sills have a target price of $125 per opening), full frame replacement may run $200 per opening and new construction usually starts at $250 per opening and involves quite a number of steps that must be implemented correctly. At the end of the day, quality window contractors who charge the going rate should provide a good quality install, which will save you many heachaches in the long run.
Window Installation Prices On Inserts
These are also known as pocket inserts and are the easiest and least expensive replacement window option. These are for projects that don't have any issues with the jambs, sills or frames. Expect to pay $50 to $75 per opening - $60 is a good number to shoot for. There are mistakes that can be made even with this relatively easy process so make sure your contractor has worked extensively with the exact window brand and model you are using for the replacement.
Standard installation involves taking out the stops and sills, making sure there is nothing wrong with the frame and then replacing the window. Replacing the windows means properly measuring and leveling the window, securing it within the frame, using a low expanding foam for insulation (some contractors prefer traditional fiberglass insulation), and caulking and sealing the window. The window needs to be set and shimmed correctly and must be plum and square. This may sound easy, but good installers do this correctly, while inexperienced or sloppy installers can mess this up.
Replacements On Historic Homes
Historic homes demand more detail and often more matching on any exterior trim pieces etc. The replacement process involves all of the same steps as above, there is simply a higher level of professionalism and attention to detail that raises the cost.
Full Frame Installation
A full frame or complete tear out means removing the stops, sills and jambs (often some exterior cladding needs to also be removed) until you get down to the rough opening of the window. This is recommended on older homes that may have water issues that could compromise the walls, etc. Obviously, there is more work to be done in a full frame installation - the replacement window has a nailing flange attached to it that is used to properly mount it on the wall.
New Construction Installation
New construction is considerably more expensive than standard replacement. The installer will implement all of the same steps in a normal replacement (using the nail fin or flange to attach the window inside the opening), but should add a bottom sill pan for additional moisture protection, wrap the exterior of the window and do any capping or trim work on the outside that is necessary.
Low-e glass come pretty standard on most replacement s today. Low-e stands for low emissivity and helps reflect UV rays and heat from entering the home.
Window Cost Estimators
Explore our various price calculators and cost estimators for the most popular replacement and new construction window projects.