Calculating windows replacement expenses


How much does it cost to replace windows?

Cost of replacing windows in the house determined by number of factors and total expenses primary depend on window prices and labor cost to complete the work. But calculating total expenditures for replacing a window number of additional factors should be taken into account. Remodeling contractor will calculate the cost after taking measurements on site and analyzing work complexity. Itemized estimate will reflect all charges associated with replacement fees.

Estimating windows replacement cost

Windows prices comparison materials-prices

Single hung or sliding horizontal vinyl windows with a double pane insulated glass are most common types due to relatively low price and easy installation process. Casement and awning wood windows will be more expensive but it is much better solution for custom build homes. Premium quality garden or bay windows might be very costly option. Prices for specialty shaped windows will depend on customization level and type of frame material.

Determining labor cost for windows replacement labor-cost

Cost of man power will depend on work complexity and an installer’s hourly rate. Simple installation of a new window identical to old one will be estimated at a minimum charge. Labor cost will significantly increase if some additional preparation work has to be performed prior to windows installation. Reframing opening for new window or replacing rotten wood will lead to extra charges. There are additional fees for installing exterior aluminum or interior wood trims.

Basement or first floor windows normally will be less expensive to replace comparing to upper floors. Labor cost will go up significantly for installing oversized windows which are unreachable from the ground level and special lifting equipment should be used.

Most contractors will charge less per window to replace on bigger scale projects and replacing only one broken window will be estimated at higher rate.

Shopping for new windows shopping

Normally companies specialized in windows installation, replacement and repair have catalogs with products they offer and a homeowner can easily choose a desired material, style and frame color of a new window from options available. On a low budget shop for standard windows which the most affordable and can be bought from the shelf of a local store. Prepare to wait couple weeks for delivery if ordering a window with a certain level of customization. Stylish custom made windows will be much more expensive.

Estimating replacement time estimating-time

Normally two work days will be sufficient for a crew of three professional installers to complete replacement of 15 – 17 standard windows in a 1,900 – 2,100 square feet two story single family house. At the same time installing only one custom made four sections bay or bow window might take 30 or even more works hours to complete the work. Typically smaller 24” x 18” vinyl window will be replaced by one installer in up to 2 hours including demolishing and trim work, but in some cases it might require more time to perform installation.

Work complexity work-complexity

Handy homeowners might consider reducing overall cost by cutting labor expenses and replace windows by self, but proper approach to replacement is essentially important. Successfully performed work will starts from getting measurements correctly all the way to applying adequate window sealant and completing installation properly. Poor on site work performance might cause leaking and significant decrease in overall insulation ability of house. With no or little experience it will take longer to complete windows replacement and hiring professional installers will not only ensures quality of work but will save a time as well.

Dimensions of windows dimensions

Size of a window will affect the cost and it is obvious a bigger window will be more expensive than same type smaller one. But overall size is not the only factor in price determination. Standard windows available in stock at local home improvement retailer are cheaper than some odd sizes which usually a special order. Size will affect not only the initial window price, but installation expenditures as well. Prepare to pay more for replacing of a twice bigger and heavier two or three sections window comparing to a smaller single option.