Windows installation prices
All prices and remodeling costs revised and updated for 2014
Read about remodeling costs and estimating labor expenses first
How much does it cost to install a window?
Windows replacement cost
Cost of windows installation varies from $85 to $960+ per window and actual price will depend on a number of factors.
1 Cost to install windows in the house determined as labor expenses for standard installation excluding materials cost and delivery expenses. Depending on work complexity prices per window installed will be adjusted after on-site inspection. Prices in the chart for installation windows only and cannot be considered as a gross window replacement cost. Additional work including removing old window, fixing or resizing rough opening will be quoted separately.
2 Average labor cost per window installed calculated based on installation of 9 windows minimum. Smaller amount of windows will be charged at higher rate per window to install.
On average installation of 12 windows different dimensions (excluding bay or garden windows) in the whole 2 story 1,950 – 2,350 ft2 house will be estimated at $1,900 - $2,400 or $2,600 – 3,200 for replacement.
Main factors affecting the cost of windows installation
Size and shape of the window
Bigger windows are much harder to install especially if there are a few sections which have to be assemble into one piece. Installation of a high end custom made windows in odd shapes might take longer to install and the cost of labor will increase.
Replacement vinyl windows are much lighter comparing to windows with solid wood frame and metal clad resulting in lower charges for installation.
How high the windows above ground level
First floor or basement windows will be quoted at cheapest rate. Lifting windows on a second floor or higher require additional time and the prices will go up.
Size of a project or how many windows have to be installed
One window installation will be charged at higher rate per window compare to installing 7 – 10 windows at a time. If you have only one 28” x 36” window to install expect to pay $170 - $200 but if there 10 of them installer might charge $1,100 - $1,500 for all which makes it $110 - $150 per window.
In older siding houses window frame might be damaged by water and replacing wood and fixing window opening will result in extra fees.
What is the cost to install a window on upper floors?
Any installer will see how hard it will be to reach the window and what will be involved. Often windows on upper floors have to be replaced using special equipment from the roof or if window dimensions allow from inside the house or apartment. In some cases complicated situations can increase the cost for installation as much as 100%.
How much does it cost to replace a window?
Windows replacement cost normally 30% - 40% higher in comparison to installation option only because of additional time will be spend for removing old window and possible preparation work.
Each contractor or handyman will have own rates which vary, but always make sure it will be done right. Poor installation might cost you not only replacing improperly installed windows again but fixing other damages in the house cause by leaking windows.
* The numbers are a general idea what expect to pay for a particular remodeling project. The data was analyzed based on hundreds of home improvement projects, but on the national scale it is NOT enough to say the accuracy is high. Exact labor cost will be estimated only after contractor or installer inspects the area.