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Window Cost Estimator

Use our window cost estimator (labeled Cost Calculator to the right) to help find ballpark pricing for your next project. Calculating window prices is tough because there are a lot of variables to consider. We will try to break it down as much as possible so you can understand all the parts at play. --------->>

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General Cost Questions


Manufacturer's Baseline Price

Window manufacturers typically price out their products by the lineal foot or square foot of the window. However, each manufacturer has a different baseline price for each of their models or series. For instance, Renewal By Andersen prices are is going to much higher per lineal foot than Window World prices. However, the quality of the mainframe, sash, glazing, spacer, hardware, etc. is going to be much better on the RBA window than on the Window World models. Here is the baseline price of the Andersen 400 series window.


Replacement Window Price Example

Andersen 400 Series

Size: 36"W x 48"H

Retail Cost: $310 (according to Consumer Report 2016 windows) is the retail or baseline price of the window at this size. This comes out to $26 per square foot. However, this window price is almost like a car's MSRP or manufacturer's suggested retail price, it does not include any upgrades (again similar to a car where the technology package, sports package, entertainment package etc. will add to the cost of the car.) This does tend to be a bit misleading, but is a common marketing practice in many industries.

Actual Installed Cost: Our estimated fully installed cost on the Andersen 400 wood clad window is $700 to $900. This is 2x to 3x as much as the $310 "big box" price. Installation is going to add, on average, $100 per opening. So what accounts for the additional per window cost? Part of this certainly is that windows are more expensive when you buy them from a local company (or contractor), as opposed to the large home improvement stores.

Should you buy from home improvement stores? My answer would be no for the majority of people and here is why. Home improvement stores don't carry the best brands, the Andersen 400 wood clad window (which I think is a good window) is an anomaly. Common brands sold include American Craftsman, Silverline, Pella and Jeld Wen. The first two brands are considered poor by most manufacturers and the last two brands are considered decent, but not great - however, most home improvement stores often only carry the entry level model from these companies, which then puts them back into the poor range.

Installation Subs Home improvement stores also subcontract out the installation and typically pay their subs per window. The result is a recipe for less than stellar install jobs. This is not to say that you can't get installation from the big box stores, however the odds are much lower than with quality local companies. The bottom line on home improvement stores is that they offer lower prices, but they don't offer the specialized service and quality of installation that most homeowners require. Alright, enough about that.


Window Upgrade Costs

There are a ton of upgrades that will quickly raise the per window cost from the $310 in our example to as much as $700 for the exact same model window. The big box window price of $310 doesn't include any of the following upgrades - it's what's often referred to as ala carte pricing.

Upgraded Spacer: $25

Low-e Glass: $25 to $75

Tempered Glass: $100 to $150

Argon Or Krypton Fills: $25 to $50

Upgraded Screens: $25 to $50

Metal Hardware: $25 to $75

Sash Reinforcement: $50 to $75


Window Installation Costs

Window installation will typically account for 25% to 35% of the total cost of the project. However, a much more accurate gauge of installation costs has to do with the condition of your existing frames and sills. The following are industry standard, per window or per opening prices.

Insert Install: $50 to $75

Standard Installation: $75 to $125

Historic Home: $125 to $175

Full Frame: $175 to $225


Additional Installation Costs

There are several installation-related steps that homeowners can choose to have done. Here is some ballpark pricing per opening.

Exterior Casings: $50 to $100

Exterior Capping: $50 to $75






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Cost Of Hopper Windows

How much would two bow windows that have 4 panes each, 16 double hungs & 5 small metal frame basement windows in 48734 zip code area?

Also, your calculator dies not have hopper windows listed, only casement style which are too big. What is approximate cost of 5 hopper windows?

Thank you.

Duncan - Homeowner - from 2019

[Site Editor's Answer]

Duncan, bow windows can vary hugely based on the current condition of the frame, the size of the windows, the installation required, etc.

Same goes for 16 double hung windows. You could pay $300 a window or $800 a window based on how big, the type of frame, the quality of components, the brand and series, the type of install required.

Five hopper windows might cost $200 a piece up to $650 a piece. If you buy a low end silver line or a high end Andersen wood window, the price might even more than this.

Basically, any project you have requires bids to really get the market price. There are just too many factors that come into play to make an accurate price evaluation. The good news is the bids are free and you can get as many as you like until you find the one that best fits your budget, needs, etc.

Dane - Site Editor - from 2019


Ordering Replacement Windows In Bulk

I have bids and just price for individual windows are not on some but will do. Is it better to buy windows in bulk sets like 6 or 11 verses 4, 5, 10, 13?

Kathy - Homeowner - from 2019

[Site Editor's Answer]

Kathy, on most replacement window projects, the company doing the work comes in and measures each window you want to replace. They then custom order that window from their factory with those particular specs. I've never heard of ordering windows in bulk, unless you are in a condo or planned community where the window sizes are all the exact size. You definitely would not want to have to store extra windows though, that would be a waste of money.

Dane - Site Editor - from 2019


Standard Replacement and Cost In Estimator

Have questions about standard replacement, difference series of windows, and cost in estimator vs what cost when they come out.

Kathy - Homeowner - from 2019

[Site Editor's Answer]

Kathy, the best approach is to get three or four quality local companies to come out and give you bids for your particular project. The estimator is good for middle of the road projects, but there are so many variables that come into play on any single house that it's impossible to account for them on a five question calculator. I once made a much more intricate calculator that took into account all sorts of variables, but consumers were overwhelmed by it and didn't use it -- mostly because they didn't know the answers to some of the questions.

Collect your bids and ask all the questions you have of any of the local companies who come out. Once you get your bids, feel free to send them my way and I'm happy to give you my take on the best quotes/prices/products that you've received and help you maximize your long term value on your window replacement project.

Cheers.

Tim- Site Editor - from 2019


Mid Tier New Construction Windows

Your reviews for replacement windows are great. Can you give me your recommendations for quality, low to mid tier new construction windows? I’m looking at Krestmark, Ply Gem, JeldWen, and Milgard, but am open to others. I’m really looking for the best window at a reasonable price without spending a fortune on high end windows.

Also, how can you estimate any efficiency savings from the various brands in order to factor that into a cost comparison?

Any comments and feedback are greatly appreciated.

Spencer - Homeowner - from 2018

[Site Editor's Answer]

Spencer, thanks for the kind words. Definitely check out our best replacement windows page on the website to see our best budget replacement windows at the top of the page. There are some little write ups on each of our five top budget windows.

I would rank the window companies you mentioned in this order: Ply Gem, Milgard, Jeld Wen and Krestmark. However, each company makes a number of different models. For instance, Simonton makes over 20 different window lines. The line they carry at Home Depot is a decent vinyl window and typically pretty well priced.

You can also take one of the top quality vinyl window makers -- Okna, Sunrise, Soft-Lite, Polaris, Kensington, Vytex -- and buy their entry level window. For instance, the Polaris ValueSmart is a decent entry level window, as is the Sunrise Essentials. Great windows they are not, but they should serve you well given professional installation.

Houston Tx windows to also look at include Don Young and NT. The mid range NT Traditions may be a series to look at. Also the Alside Mezzo or Revere Berkshire Elite could also be a place to check. Local companies ought to carry these models.

It's going to take 10 to 15 years to make up the energy savings between buying poor windows and great windows. But it will make a difference over time. Poor installation can make a huge difference also so choose an installer with a good track record and solid online reviews!

Dane - Site Editor - from 2018


Alpen Windows Prices

Hi I have 6 quotes here in Colorado and here's a breakdown of the quotes. Could you help rank these? This is for 17 windows, which are all the same color and includes all the installation.

Zen Nirvana - $11k
Zen Lotus - $12k
Alpen 525: $16k
Pella 250: $16k
Marvin Integrity: $17k
Sunrise Standard: $17k
Pella Impervia: $21k
Renewal By Anderson: $38k

Josh - Homeowner - from 2016

[Site Editor's Response]

Josh, you have lots of bids there so good for you for taking the time to collect them all. The two most expensive ones I would toss out based on the others. The Sunrise Standard should be in play, as well as the Alpen 525. Both very good windows, the Alpen a fiberglass and better in my opinion than the Marvin Intergity.

It's hard to get away from that Zen Lotus bid. I would do some recon and see how the reviews are for that particular branch. Assuming they have a good track record, the Zen Lotus, which is a Soft-Lite Pro, is quite a good window.

Dane - Site Editor - from 2016


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Anlin Window Prices

I recently got a quote from American Vision Windows on the Anlin Del Mar window. The price quote came out to $900 per window for 6 vinyl windows, all pretty medium sized openings I think.

Steve - Homeowner - from 2016

[Site Editor's Response]

Steve, Anlin makes a very good window, maybe the best available on the west coast. $900 a window is expensive though so before you pull the trigger I would get some additional bids to see how they compare. I'd be pretty surprised if that's what the other bids came in at. I'd love to see you get a bid on the Simonton Reflections 5500 series for comparison. Maybe the Milgard tuscany, which is a step down, but not a bad window at all and pretty ideal for the mild Southern California climate.

Dane - Site Editor - from 2016


Anlin Catalina vs Simonton Daylight

I have 4 quotes for 3 sliding windows and 3 patio doors. I live in a condo in San Diego and want to make sure I make the best choice for my place.

Anlin BayView: $5555

Anlin Monte Verde: $5620

Simonton Daylight: $5740

Anlin Catalina/Del Mar: $7050

Greg - Homeowner - from 2016

[Site Editor's Answer]

Greg, those are all good quotes I'd say. The Catalina/Del Mar is the best of the windows and doors, but I'd not convinced you have to spend the extra $1500 if you don't want to. Tim - Site Editor - from 2016 I would probably base it on how long I was staying in my condo. If you have no plans to move out anytime soon, I would stretch into the Anlin Catalina option. Tim - Site Editor - from 2016 If you are planning to move in the next 10 years, I'd go with a lower cost alternative. I would probably go with one of the Anlin BayView or Monte Verde. I think it's a better window over the Simonton Daylight Max.

Tim - Site Editor - from 2016


Alside Mezzo Costs

I have 1 picture window, 4 half rounds, and 18 double hung windows that all need to be replaced. I live in Nashville, Tn. Here is what I've got so far.

Sunrise Restoration: $21,755
Alside Mezzo Series: $11,250
Seaway Encore Series: $13,990

John - Homeowner - from 2016

[Site Editor's Response]

John, I'd say the best value bid you have is the Seaway Encore. The Alside Mezzo isn't a bad window, but I think the Encore is worth the extra money. The Restoration is one of the best out there, but that's quite a price tag for the project you laid out.

Just make sure that the Seaway Encore installer(s) have a proven track record of excellence.

Dane - Site Editor - from 2016


Alside Revelation Cost

I got a quote on 19 double hung windows, specifically the Alside Revelation. 11 of them use tempered glass) and the price tag was $13,940. My question is this: is $733 each for both window and installation a reasonable price?

Chris - Homeowner - from 2016

[Site Editor's Response]

Chris, the Alside Revelation series is overpriced at that per window cost. Tempered glass definitely adds to the per window cost, but for say $675 per window I think you can get a much better window. A standard Sunrise window comes to mind.

Dane - Site Editor - from 2016


Apex Insignia Window Price

I have a bid for 23 Apex Insignia windows, a 7 foot patio sliding door, and they are going to do aluminum capping around my garage door. Total project cost is $18,400.

Another company gave us a bid for the exact same work, but they were using the Alside Mezzo window. Their price was $15,220.

Any idea which is the better deal?

Bill - Homeowner - from 2016

[Site Editor's Response]

Bill, Apex has a reputation for using some odd sales tactics that I don't always love. The Alside Mezzo is a solid mid range vinyl window and I'd probably rather have that in my house than Apex. I'd go with the Alside if the company doing the work has a solid track record of quality and good online reviews. If not, I'd start collecting more bids.

Tim - Site Editor - from 2016


Amcraft Window Prices

I had an installer give us a bid on the Grand Estates View from Simonton but I can't find any info. The quote was for 10 windows and ended up at $550 per window.

Thanks!

Travis - Homeowner - from 2016


Andersen 400 Series Pricing

We have Andersen 400 Woodwrights, 30 double hungs that need to be replaced. Andersen gave us a quote to replace them that came in at $20,000.

Weathershield bid the project out at $16,000.

Finally, we got a bid from Sierra Pacific for $13,000 with triple pane glass.

Les - Homeowner - from 2012

[Contractor Response]

Les, the Andersen 400 wooddwright is by far the best window bid you have. I'm not a huge fan of either wood clad window from Sierra or Weathershield. Others might argue with this, but if you are going with wood, I'd stick with the Andersen.

Jim - Contractor - from 2011


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Atrium vs Simonton Asure

Hi, I've been checking out your reviews and need to compare the Simonton Assure and an Atrium (I don't know which window). I have eight double hungs and the Simonton quote was for $4800 for Simonton and the Atrium was $3200. I live outside of Washington DC.

Mirian - Homeowner - from 2016

[Site Editor's Answer]

Mirian, I'm not sure the Simonton Asure is worth the price they quoted you at. If they threw in the upgrades that got you basically to a Reflections 5500, then it would be worth it.

I wouldn't go with an atrium, not for my primary home. Maybe for a home I was flipping or planned to spend less than 10 years in. Otherwise I think it's back to the bidding board. Check out our top rated windows section for more options.

You may want to get a bid on the Okna 400 window. There is a dealer in your area for sure.

Dane - Site Editor - from 2016


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California Deluxe Windows Cost

California Deluxe Windows gave me a bid for $20,000 for 13 windows. Seems expensive to me, what do you think?

Thanks for your time and I really appreciate all of the information in your website.

Nick - Homeowner - from 2016

[Site Editor's Answer]

Nick, at first glance $20,000 for 13 windows does indeed sound pricey. I'd say get a few more bids to compare it to. Maybe check out the Milgard Tuscany, the Amerimax Craftsman Portrait, the Anlin Del Mar or Monte Verde, and the Simonton Reflections 5500. Each of these will be available in California and each is going to be as good as what they sell at California Deluxe Windows. The Anlin is the best of the bunch by the way.

Dane - Site Editor - from 2016


ClearView or Simonton

I have bids on WeatherLok, the Simonton Reflections 5500, an Alside Preservation and ClearView. This is for 14 double hung windows. The bids are as follows.

Alside Preservation Bid: $8500

Simonton 5500: $7200

Weatherlok Bid: $6400

ClearView Bid: $5500

Brad - Homeowner - 2012


Crystal Pacific Vista vs. Anlin Catalina

We have a total of 3 cost bids from two companies on either Anlin or Crystal Pacific windows. Love to hear your take on the two.

Anlin Monte Verde Window: $7300
Anlin Catalina Window: $11000
Crystal Pacific Vista Window: $7000

Chris - Homeowner - from 2018

[Site Editor's Answer]

I would put the Monte Verde above the Crystal Pacific Vista. Anlin has a good reputation on the west coast. The Catalina is the best of the bunch and this is certainly refelcted in the price. If you can swing the Catalina, then that's what you should go with. If not, then the Monte Verde would be my second choice.

Dane - Site Editor - from 2018


CWS 8100 Windpact vs. PGT 5500

We have 6 pretty big windows, all approximately 73" x 52". Here are the bids so far.

PGT 5500 Window: $12,800
CWS 8100 Windpact Plus: $8,800

Frasier - Homeowner - from 2018






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Ideal Window Costs

Which is the best windows. The bids are pretty close to one another -- all within a few thousand dollars of one another. It's the Sunrise Restorations, the Ideal Majestic, and the Soft-lite Elements. The . The Restorations are the most expensive and the Majestic is the least expensive.

Stacey - Homeowner - from 2018

[Site Editor's Answer]

Stacey, those are three of the best windows on the market so good for you. Any of these would be good in a home. I would therefore rank them in terms of cost, with the Majestic my first pick and the Sunrise my last pick since it is the most expensive. However, I would toake a strong look at who is doing the work and their reputation. This will make a bigger difference in the long run than the subtle differences between three top end windows.

Dane - Site Editor - from 2016


Jeld Wen French Doors

I have four bids for two sliding patio doors. I'd love to get your take on them

Pella Architect: $6150

Marvin Integrity Ultrex: $5950

Jeld-Wen Auralast w4500: $4400

Pella 350 Series: $6050

Nancy - Homeowner - from 2016

[Site Editor's Answer]

Nancy, of the four bids you have, I would go with the Jeld Wen option. They make a very good door and its significantly less epxensive than the Pella and Marvin bids. I would go with the Marvin bid next if you decide you want the fiberglass instead of the Jeld Wen wood option.

Dane - Site Editor - from 2016



Marvin Infinity Pricing

I've narrowed my replacement window search to two options: the Marvin Infinity and the Okna 800. Both come highly rated. I need to replace 8 double hung windows.

Okna 800: $5,000

Marvin Infinity: $9,000

Melissa - Homeowner - from 2016

[Site Editor's Answer]

Melissa, you are correct that both the Marvin Infinity and the Okna 800 are excellent replacement windows. The Marvin Infinity is one of my favorite fiberglass windows, while the Okna 800 is one of my favorite vinyl windows. If it were me, I would get the Okna 800 in the Deluxe option with a wood laminate interior. That would probably put you at $6K, but you would have basically a wood window for $3K less than the fiberglass.

Dane - Site Editor - from 2016


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Monte Verde Windows Cost

We have several bids for 2 large windows. Would love to hear which option you would go with.

Anlin Del Mar: $2137

Monte Verde: $1857

Milgard Styleline: $1620

Plygem Pro (triple pane): $2050

Steven - Homeowner - from 2016

[Site Editor's Response]

Steven, you have some decent options there. I'd rank them like this: Monte Verde, Styleline, Anlin, Ply Gem Pro.

Dane - Site Editor - from 2016


Okna Windows Prices

We live in New Jersey are looking to replace 6 double hung windows, plus one eight sided window. We plan to be in this home the rest of our lives and want to make sure we do the project right. Our bid is $3800.

Sonny - Homeowner - from 2016

[Site Editor's Response]

Sonny, Okna is one of the best vinyl window manufacturers out there. $3800 on 7 windows, one being an octagon shape, is quite good. I'd say you found a great bid.

Tim - Site Editor - from 2016


Okna 400 Windows Costs

I have narrowed my window choices to the Soft Lite Imperial LS and Okna 400. We have lots of windows that need to be replaced and so the project is going to be expensive regardless. The Okna 400 option is $840 per window, with a deluxe upgrade and low-e glass. The Soft Lite Imperial LS option is $1050 a window.

Bill - Homeowner - from 2016

[Site Editor's Response]

Bill, that is an expensive project. Both are good windows, but the Imperial LS is definitely the better of the two. I'd try and find a few more bids if I were you. That's a pretty penny per window -- I'm curious whether this is the going rate or if these bids are just high.

Tim - Site Editor - from 2016


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PGT WinGuard 5560 Quote

I have a quote on 9 WinGuard 5560 series single pane windows. The cost of the quote came in at $8636 and includes all of the tear out and install costs.

Penny - Homeowner - from 2018

[Site Editor's Answer]

Penny, that sounds expensive to me for single hung windows, even if they are an impact window. Before I did anything I would get a couple more bids from some of their competitors to see what other options are out there. In Florida, you can look at Custom Window Systems, Simonton, and perhaps a Stanek dealer. This is where I would start.

Tim - Site Editor - from 2018


PGT Windows Prices

Hi, I'm here in Florida and we need to replace 5 windows that measure 36" by 62". We're considering going with a PGT single hung window for $2620. The price started off at $3275 but I was able to get him down to the $2620.

Pete - Homeowner - from 2016

[Site Editor's Response]

Pete, that's a pretty good job of whittling the PGT dealer down. I'd imagine that's close to his floor price. PGT makes a good mid range window and I think you have a good price there. Best of luck to you!

Dane - Site Editor - from 2016


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Ply Gem Windows Prices

I have 26 windows and two bids. The first is for $10500 and that's on the Ply Gem Pro and the other is for $16,000 and that's for the Milgard Tuscany. This includes triple pane glass on one third of the windows, which obviously adds to the cost.

Kat - Homeowner - from 2016

[Site Editor's Response]

Kat, the cost difference warrants a close look at the Ply Gem Pro. Assuming the company doing the work is reputable, then this would be my go to option.

Dane - Site Editor - from 2016


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Polaris Window Costs

I have two bids I'm looking at -- Ultraweld from Polaris and Bainbridge from Softlite. It's for 8 double hangs and a patio sliding door.

Polaris Bid: $6,250

Softlite Bid: $6,390

Tevin - Homeowner - from 2016

[Site Editor's Response]

Tevin, the Soft-Lite Bainbridge and not nearly as good a window as the Polaris Ultraweld. I would choose the Polaris bid over the Soft-Lite without another thought.

Dane - Site Editor - from 2016


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Renewal By Andersen Cost

We got an estimate of $18K to $22K for 9 Anderson renewals. This is almost 4 X more than the window cost estimators I've been using. How is this a viable quote?

Steve - Homeowner - from 2017

[Site Editor's Answer]

Steve, Renewal By Andersen is an expensive window. They spend a lot on advertising and marketing an bill themselves as a real top end company. I don't find the product worth the money myself and I use the performance data on the window as the justification for this opinion. Their energy efficiency numbers are okay, but not fantastic. For the money they are charging, you would think they were making the very best window ever.

RBA does stand behind their work though and they make a good window. I just think it's too expensive.

Dane - Site Editor - from 2017


Renewal By Andersen Prices

We want to replace nine windows, originally Andersen wood windows with Renewal Andersens. The quote ended up at $16K for the Fibrex windows.. We thought this sounded high.

Linda - Homeowner - from 2016

[Site Editor's Answer]

Linda, $16K for nine windows is about the price that Renewal often charges. I wouldn't pay it. They charge more than what the high end wood clad window people charge. Just not worth it in my opinion. You should take a look at the high end vinyl windows with an interior wood laminate. They look like wood, but you get all the upside with none of the downsides of wood. My recommendations include Soft-Lite, Okna, Sunrise, HiMark, Kensington, Polaris, and Vytex.

Dane - Site Editor - from 2016


Richlin Window Quote

Hello, I have a bid for $14K for 15 Richlin windows.. We also have a quote for Sunrise Verde windows. That bid was $17K. They both include an interior wood laminate that is really quite nice looking.

Kathleen - Homeowner - from 2016

[Site Editor's Response]

Kathleen, both Richlin and Sunrise have strong reputations. Sunrise has the bigger and better name in my opinion. I would rather spend the $3K more for the Verde. Not cheap bids, either one, but if it's between Sunrise and Richlin, I'd go with the Sunrise myself.

Dane - Site Editor - from 2016






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Slocomb Window Price Quote

I priced some windows on your website.

$4650 (includes windows and installation)

10 Windows
High End Budget
Vinyl Window Frame
Single Hung Window
Standard Replacement Installation

That is cheap compared to the quotes I am getting. Sears wants $10K
Slocomb wants about 10K as well

Rob - Homeowner - from 2018

[Site Editor's Answer]

Yes, prices can be all over the board — they are dependent on some 20 factors that our calculator can't account for…like the size of windows and the type of glass…

Sears and Slocomb can be quite pricey…where are you located — what state?

Dane - Site Editor - from 2018

[Rob's Reply]

I'm in North Carolina. Incidentally, I got a great price on Okna 500 series windows $6900 installed yesterday they look like great windows also priced Sunrise they were 2gs more.

Thanks for returning my email.

Rob - Homeowner - from 2018

[Site Editor's Answer]

Rob, the Okna 500 series is a great window and that's a great price!

Best of Luck.

Dane - Site Editor - from 2018


Simonton Prism Windows Cost

We ordered two Prism windows one 92X70 and the other 59x42 the glass is 366 they are tempered. We were quoted a price of $5046.00. They are manufactured by Simonton.

How can we find the quality of these windows and if they are reasonably priced? What kinds of things should we be concerned about?

Juana - Homeowner - from 2016

[Site Editor's Response]

Juana, that sounds very high to me. Simonton is generally considered a middle of the road vinyl window manufacturer, a solid producer, but not the best by any means. I'd like to see you get some more bids and see how they compare. Brands I like (they may or may not be available in your area) include Okna, Soft-Lite, Sunrise, Zen, Polaris, Milgard, Anlin and Amerimax.

Get a couple more bids from local companies who carry one or more of these brands and let's go from there.

Dane - Site Editor - from 2016


Simonton Vantage Point Prices

I just got a quote from Home Depot on 15 Vantage Point 6500 windows on sliders with these estimated sizes (three 60x60"; two 45x33", three 60 x 45; four 60x39") and three double-hungs (27x39"). The quote, including materials, permits, disposal, and labor, and allowing for the $3000 discount, was just under $21,000 for the double pane and just under $23,000 for the triple. Based on what I see on this site that seems pretty high, but I realize that I have pretty large windows here. The $3000 discount disappears May 4, and I don't like to be rushed for this amount of money.

Kathleen - Homeowner - from 2016

[Site Editor's Response]

Hi Kathleen, I don't like the whole rushing thing, not when it comes to your home and making a decision that you will be sticking with for the next 20 years (hopefully). The quote you got does seem high, those windows sizes are not that big. I'd be curious to see how the Marvin window price quote comes in...let me know and we can go from there!

Dane - Site Editor - from 2016


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Soft-Lite Elements Prices

I recently got pricing on the Soft Lite Elements at $15,900 for 23 windows in total ($691/opening). The standard Sunrise came in at $16,900 ($735/opening). We like the Sunrise because of its thinner profile and they offer it in an Earthtone vinyl exterior.

Matt - Homeowner - from 2016

[Site Editor's Response]

Matt, these are both excellent windows. I think the top of the line Soft-Lite is the better deal but if you like the Sunrise frame, this is a great window as well.

Dane - Site Editor - from 2016


Soft-Lite Windows Costs

I've received bids for the following for 11 double hung windows in Kansas City Missouri, replacing original wood windows in a 1919 built house. All prices include installation and include lead abatement.
Soft-Lite Elements Cost (company 2) - $9,640
Soft-Lite Bainbridge Prices (company 2) - $7,245
Soft-Lite Imperial LS Cost (company 1) - $6,910
Soft-Lite Bainbridge Price (company 1) - $5,335


Lee - Homeowner - from 2016

[Site Editor's Response]

Lee, I agree that the best option is the Soft-Lite Imperial LS at the $6910. I also agree that your search is over...the Soft-Lite Imperial LS vinyl window is one of my favorite!

Tim - Site Editor - from 2016


Sunrise Restoration Window Costs

Tim, I got an estimate from a window company for Sunrise Restoration windows. There are 3 twin mulled windows 35x59 and one window 40x59. Basically 7 windows with 3 of them mulled. Includes full screens and grids. Cost is $8322. including all discounts.

Does this sound like a reasonable price quote? The salesman talked to just me (husband is travelling) and told me how the installation would go. And he emailed me the brochure of the short video that he had me watch. Just wondering if I need to get estimates from other companies or if this sounds like a good estimate.

Sharon - Homeowner - from 2016

[Site Editor's Response]

Sharon, it doesn't sound unreasonable, but I always advise getting three bids to figure out the right and best price. Bids will vary tremendously, especially when the project involves additional work like yours. Sunrise Restoration is an excellent window, but over $1K per window is expensive. I would get a couple more bids, if for no other reason than you can take the lower bid and tell the Sunrise rep what it is and ask if he can get his bid closer to the subsequent two – nothing like a little competition to lower the cost!

Dane - Site Editor - from 2016


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Storm Tight Windows Cost

Are you familiar with Storm Tight Windows? The sales rep stated they make their own products factory in PA. The product looked good. I have seen a few homes in the neighborhood that have used them and the homeowners are happy. 30K for 26 windows – several odd sized/shapes. These are their "premium" line. I am in the Houston TX area.

Jon - Homeowner - from 2016

[Site Editor's Response]

Jon, I don't know a lot about this window company. I have to say that's not the cheapest window option I've seen in terms of impact windows, especially for a company that isn't all that recognizable. Please let me know how they work out for you so that I can report this to our readers. Thanks

Tim - Site Editor - from 2016


Thompson Creek Price Quote

Hi Dane and Tim! I'm in the midst of selecting a firm for replacement windows. I have a 1937 Tudor with a 1988 addition in Northern Virginia/DC area. I have all casement-style windows with a large bay-box window in the front. The bay-box will have grills but the rest will be clean rectangular casements. I have quotes as follows:

Thompson Creek Vinyl Casements (local DC, MD, VA company that's well-known in the area). They make their own virgin vinyl windows. 50 yr warranty parts and labor. 47 windows and one fiberglass provia patio door with custom exterior color for $48,727.

versus...

Sunshine Contractors (Woodbridge, VA) installing Sunrise, Sunrise line vinyl casements. lifetime warranty. 47 windows with exterior color selection and one fiberglass provia patio door for $34,750.

I had never heard of Sunrise before and the low quote made me feel it was too good to be true?... Sunshine Contractors did my GAF architectural roof and so far, so good.

Renewal by Andersons came in at $66k for less windows.

Thoughts? Thanks.

Kim - Homeowner - from 2017

[Site Editor's Answer]

Hi Kim, so I have definitely heard good things about Thompson Creek, but the bid is not exactly cheap is it? Paying roughly $1000 per window is nothing to sneeze at -- even with the style and age of the home. (I LOVE tudor style homes by the way.)

The Sunrise bid sounds much more reasonable to me. Add to this that Sunrise vinyl windows are excellent, one of the best manufacturers on the market. The bid sounds much more in line with what I would expect, although again I certainly don't know the details behind the installation. Assuming Sunshine Contractors are reputable and have a good track record, this is absolutely who I would go with. You may even want to try to negotiate a better price with them.

Not surprised by the RBA quote, it sounds right in line with what they typically bid their projects out at. Not worth it by a long shot.

Negotiate A Home Window Bid

Dane - Site Editor - from 2017

[Kim's Answer]

Thank you so much Dane! Your confidence in Sunrise windows really helps as I did not know the name. Sunshine Contractors are A+ rated by BBB and Angies List. Thompson creek was recommended by many neighbors in the area on our listserv. When Sunshine came in so much lower with Sunrise I was worried it could be too good to be true! Another local installer (Hodges in Falls Church) also provided a Sunrise Vanguard quote but it was close to Thompson Creek in the high $40s. They also suggested Marvin aluminum clad wood windows, but I like the warranty and less maintenance of the vinyl option. Thanks again!

Kim - Homeowner - from 2017



Vista Panorama Window Costs

We are looking at 11 casements, 3 2-Lite sliders, 1 3-Lite slider, 1 awning, and 2 picture windows (18 total). We live in northeast Wisconsin. The Vista Panorama best price is $13,240 and the Soft-Lite Elements best price is $15,933. Both installers have good BBB ratings. The Vista dealer contracts installation labor while the Soft-Lite dealer employs the installers.

Matt - Homeowner - from 2016

[Site Editor's Response]

Matt, this price breakdown makes it a toss up in my mind. $735 for the Vista Panorama or $885 - either way it's not cheap. The one thing that concerns me about the Vista is the contract labor, while the Soft-Lite uses their own labor, which means that the installers work with the same windows each time and know all the little tips and tricks that can trip up the installation teams.

Dane - Site Editor - from 2016


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Window World Pricing

Im shopping to replace 11 windows in my home. I have an estimate from Window World and one from Allstate Windows. Window Worlds end estimate came in at $1182 less than Allstate. Allstate started at a total of $8702 and came down to $4400. Allstate does not offer financing but Window World offers 15 months no interest. I've gotten several calls to check on my decision from Allstate but none from Window World. I've gotten at least positive report on each company from friends. Please help me to make a decision I need to get this done.

Susan - Homeowner - from 2016

[Site Editor's Response]

Window World windows are in general nowhere near a top tier window. Their installation is going to be completely dependent on the individual franchise. I would be VERY hesitant about going with a company that charges less than Window World. If price is an issue, you may want to consider buying from Home Depot - Simonton or Reliabilt would be my decision - I would caution against using the HD install subcontractors however. Instead, I would find a local contractor with good reviews who can handle your project and charges reasonable installation costs.

Dane - Site Editor - from 2016


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Zen Window Prices

My bid on the Zen Nirvana model came in at $1,000 above the Amerimax Craftsman Portrait, and $200 below the Simonton Platinum Prism window.

Margaret - Homeowner - from 2016

[Site Editor's Response]

Just based on the windows alone, I'd go with Zen for $1000 more, but the installer will probably play a bigger factor with the selections you have. Good luck with your project.

Tim - Site Editor - from 2016


Zen Window Price Bids

Thought I'd share my 5 quotes for my Austin, Texas home. The project scope includes 15 windows, several have large eyebrows with legs.

2 = 82L x 34.25 picture+eyeb
1 = 28L x 58W picture+eyeb
3 = 52L x 47W picture+eyeb
3 = 70L x 35.5W
2 = 70L x 22.25W
4 = 70L x 47W

Replacement Window Quotes:
1. Zen Soft-lite Nirvana = $16,200
2. Simonton P Plat = $16,040
3. Simonton Vantage Point 6500 = $13,985
4. Product Wincore 5400 $10,490
5. Zen Karma = $10,040


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Options In Richmond Virginia

Hi Tim: this house was built in the mid 70’s, brick and aluminum sided tri-level, Richmond VA area. We’ve been here 30 years, and hope to sell in the next 3 years. 25 years ago we replaced the original windows with Caradco ( which I understand Jeld-Wen bought out since) double hung wood and aluminum clad and paid around $3800.

Two windows have begun to deteriorate, due to pulling the window to the interior to tilt for cleaning—there are no release tabs, I (female) just have to push against the sides of the interior frame (I’m not sure of technical terms) and pull and wrestle the window toward me to tilt or remove for cleaning. On one window, the lower horizontal sash of the upper window didn’t tilt easily with the rest of the window and began to split at the corner joint, and now that whole piece is (over time) crumbling down to the window sill. Of the other windows, some are difficult to push up and down and stick sometimes, others are OK.

Anyway, we debated to replace the two bad windows, or just do the whole house, 15 windows. One bay, and all the rest double hung. I just want the tab that you push or slide for the window to release for easy tilt and clean. We don’t need high end; probably low or mid grade, and I assume vinyl is what people replace with around here. I’ve seen an Okna window, and an Anderson window (too expensive), and have had folks around here mention Sunrise, Berkshire Revere, Simonton; and I’ve browsed Lowes and Home Depot.

So many choices and technical terms and overwhelming. I’m expecting around 6-7-8k for estimates. Could you make a few suggestions of a manufacturer and line (model) or options that I should consider? I just don’t want to replace with the same type that I have due to difficulties I mentioned. I do like the wood look, but am quite willing to switch to vinyl, hoping I can get an interior color besides white. Your advice/input would be greatly appreciated.

Thanks!

Rebecca - Homeowner - from 2019

[Site Editor's Answer]

Hi Rebecca. If you are leaving the house in three years, then it's tough to suggest spending a lot of money. This is where a quality Window World becomes an option. Or perhaps a decent Simonton series from HD and installation from a well reviewed window installer on yelp comes to mind.

Check to see if Ideal Windows are around your area. They are New Jersey based. but offer some really nice value on say their Platinum 3000 vinyl window. The Alside Mezzo is a decent enough vinyl window that might offer you a low per window price.

You may want to start out looking at yelp or even using our form to get bids and opinions. Collect a handful and see what you get. You can always shoot me the bids you get and I'm happy to give you my take on what you've got.

Whatever you do, keep the receipt and any information about the windows for the new owners for if and when an issue arises.

Dane - Site Editor - from 2019


Price Of Windows

We are buying a house and wanting 17 replacement vinyl windows with low E. What type of price or how should we bargain a price. The sizes vary some small like 4x3 and some 6x4.

Thanks.

Gary - Homeowner - from 2018

[Site Editor's Answer]

Gary, an average vinyl window will cost $400 to $450 for the window and installation. However, there are lots of factors at plat that can increase or decrease your per window price.

The only way to really know what it's going to cost is by getting the actual bids. They're free so risk nothing by getting them. The better the price you want, the more bids you should collect.

Here's al ink to an article on how to bargain a better price on your window

Dane - Site Editor - from 2018


Replacement Window ROI

Hi Dane, we are in the process of selling our home. We are thinking about replacing 19 double hung windows to add an additional incentive to potential buyers. Do you thing this is a wise decision, and what would you suggest for the type of window?

Sally - Homeowner - from 2018

[Site Editor's Answer]

Sally, this is a much better question for several local real estate agents. My own notion is you won't get 100% ROI on windows so the immediate answer would be no. I would differ however to the real estate agents since they know what buyers in your area are looking for. If they say to do it, then I could make some suggestions. What area are you in?

Dane - Site Editor - from 2018



Window Pricing Information

My name is Linh Nguyen. First of all I would like to say thank you for your website.It makes a lot easier for the home owners to shop for windows replacement.After I entered the information, I got the quote from your site.

I received 3 calls from HPA, Clear Choice Window and more, and John Dwyer. I mentioned about the quote I received but they did not honor this quote. I am confused on how the quote works. The quote from your site is just a guide line not a real quote? Thank you for your time.

$3955 (includes windows and installation)

7 Windows

High End Budget

Vinyl Window Frame

Single Hung Window

Standard Replacement Installation

Linh - Homeowner - from 2018

[Site Editor's Answer]

Linh, the quote is simply a ballpark price. A true quote involves lineal feet of each window, any upgrades, all installation requirements etc. If we built a cost estimator that took all that into account, no consumer would ever use it because it would be WAY too complicated.

The best price you are going to get is by getting and comparing the actual quotes. Once you get them, send them my way and I'll be happy to weigh in on which is the best value for your money.

Tim - Site Editor - from 2018


Sears Bid

Tim, I think your estimate on 13 mid grade double hung windows with standard installation. My question is I’ve had Homedepot and Sears out to price my windows and there price was double. Homedepot was just changing the sashes.

Thanks

Randall - Homeowner - from 2018

[Site Editor's Answer]

The cost calculator on the site is pretty generic -- there are 20 + factors that go into pricing on every project: window size, glass, upgrades, spacers, foam fills, work to existing frames and sills, exterior capping, type of installation, and many more. That's why we suggest getting the three to four bids. Sears and HD can bid projects out quite a bit higher than local companies -- it all depends on who is pricing it out.

Look at it this way, I can walk into a HD and buy one of their top of the line double hungs for $350 out the door. If my installation is $150 per window (which is relatively high for normal installation) I'm at $500 per window.

If your bid is higher than this, than obviously something about the project is driving up that cost.

Get a couple more bids and tell the companies coming out that you want their best price up front as this is an important, but certainly not the only, factor you will be considering.

Tim - Site Editor - from 2018


Window Pricing By Region

I was wondering if living in Different areas of California would make the price different.. like San Francisco, SAN Diego, Sacramento. Thank You.

Stephanie - Homeowner - from 2017

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Stephanie, different regions of the United States will see a difference in price, but probably not when you are talking about urban regions such as SF, SD, and Sac. There will often be a difference between urban and more rural areas due to the increased cost of running a business in Chicago for instance over a smaller area within Illinois. Advertising, rents, general operating costs will be much higher in urban areas and this cost is typically passed on to the consumer.

I would be remiss if I didn't point out that there are huge varying costs between individual businesses for lots of reasons. The biggest one is that many companies will charge a consumer as much as they think they can get away with. Sad but true. That's why the multiple bids is so important. I always tell any home improvement company that comes out to my home that I'm getting three bids and I'd appreciate their most competitive bid as cost is one of the factors driving my decision (but not my only one by any means).

To answer your question more specifically, a mid sized Milgard Tuscany installed should cost roughly $400 to $450 in San Diego, the Bay Area or in the valley. But don't quote me on that :)

Dane - Site Editor - from 2017


Stand Alone Replacement Window Prices

Hello, I filled out your quote request form, but I'm leaning toward putting in replacement windows myself. I'm hoping you have cost info for just the windows (not just installed cost). I have access to carpenters who can place orders for me with suppliers.

I'm having a really hard time comparing various manufacturers' quality, cost, and warranties. I'll probably wind up spending as much as one would on a car, but I have almost no useful information on the different products. Any info or guidance you can provide would be greatly appreciated!!!

Thanks.

Nate - Homeowner - from 2017

[Site Editor's Answer]

Nate, if you take off roughly 35% of the price quoted on the sheet, you should have a pretty good ballpark for the price of the window. Of course, there are lots of factors that affect price when it comes to windows. To use the car analogy, I just bought a Toyota Highlander and the base price was $30K, but the limited Hybrid was more like $45K, and the other models were all prices in between. That's a huge difference in price for the same car design. Windows aren't as complicated, but the price variation are pretty darn similar.

Most vinyl windows will come with a lifetime warranty on the frame, components, etc. The better companies have the best warranties, and most companies post the warranty info on their websites. Just google "okna window warranty" for instance and you should see the company warranty link come up.

Vinyl windows I like tend to be the mid range (or premium) series from the quality companies out there. These include Okna, Soft-Lite, Sunrise, Polaris, Wincore, Vytex, PGT, Custom Window Systems, Milgard, Amerimax and Anlin. The last three are west coast, the two before that are Florida based, and the others will be available in the mid west and northeast.

The window industry seems to almost want to confuse everyone, but to what purpose I'm not sure. It's an odd one, that's for sure.

Dane - Site Editor - from 2017


High End Vinyl Window Replacements

I got a price from you on “High End” Vinyl Window Replacements but it did not include the name and model of the windows. How can I find that out?

David- Homeowner - from 2017

[Site Editor's Answer]

David, that is a completely generic cost estimator. It does not refer to any specific window brand. Feel free to tell me where you live and I'd be happy to suggest a few brands/companies to look at that offer high end vinyl windows (most companies also offer a mid range and an entry level window so you can compare the cost and features of these as well.)

Dan - Site Editor - from 2017


Installation Window Costs

I have a ranch home, standard installation, single hung windows, and no issues (that's what all the quoters have told me). Wood has never been an option, but good to know. HD was here yesterday and gave a bid of $14950 installed using the 6100 Vantage Point - he said that was the middle of good, better, best vinyl window. Never heard of it, but he said that's what they've been selling. Did talk with some installers (who happen to also install of HD). They said they'd install for $100 a window - we're just waiting for a bid on the window costs. They called from my inquiry from Home Advisors.

Thanks for the great service you do for home owners. If you have any opinions on the 6100's, let me know. Take care.

Sue - Homeowner - from 2017

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Sue, the Simonton VantagePointe is just okay, not the window I would honestly keep looking...start calling the Lowes, Home Depot, Dixieline in your area and start getting pricing on the windows only. Ask each guy what the best vinyl window they carry is and get the price. Get a low-e glass and a reinforced meeting rail if possible (this is an upgrade that they should be able to order). I don't see you paying more than $350 a window for normal sizes for a decent window -- Milgard Tuscany, Andersen 100...(most of the windows they sell in these big box stores are crappy so if you are going this route, you need to be selective.)

The $100 per window is the average industry cost for a normal install. So this makes sense. Make SURE that the installer has good reviews and knows what he's doing.

Again, we're at the $450 to $500 per window cost in this scenario with a local installer ordering the windows and bringing them to your house. That's $8500 if my math is right.

Dane - Site Editor - from 2017


Replacement Window Cost Estimate

Your site and others have estimated my project (8 double-hung, high-end, vinyl replacements, using existing wood and casings) to be approx. $3500. However, the local quotes I've gotten are nearly twice that. Are the features I'm being shown, as included, actually optional upgrades? Is geography a factor (Chicago)?

Joanne - Homeowner - from 2016

[Site Editor's Response]

Joanne, the window cost estimator used on my site is not perfect due to how many factors can come into play. For instance, the size of a window has a huge affect on price, but it becomes too cumbersome to include this on the website. $425 per window (the approximate cost you mentioned) is usually what I estimate for a mid grade, standard sized vinyl window with standard installation. You are in the $850 per window price, which is admittedly a tad high for a high end, standard sized vinyl window with standard installation (but not out of bounds by any means).

The windows you are getting quotes on might be large in size, the upgrades you?ve selected may be expensive, or the manufacturer you are getting quotes from may price out their windows at the high end.

There are some geographical issues, for instance you live in an urban city where the cost of maintaining a business and servicing customers is higher than in other more rural areas. So yes, this can affect price.

Maybe get a couple more bids and see if those are more in line with what you were thinking. What brand of windows have you gotten quotes for? How big are the windows?

Dane - Site Editor - from 2016


Average Replacement Window Prices

Are the prices (listed in your pricing sheet) current to 2015?

Eden - Homeowner - from 2015

[Site Editor's Response]

Eden, in terms of pricing, windows are all over the board. The prices we list are for an average sized window with average components and features and average installation requirements.

There are so many variables that move the price up or down that it's nearly impossible to give an accurate answer. I think the best way to determine the fair market price of your project is by your getting 3 or 4 bids. Toss out the highest and lowest and the mid range price is probably where it should be. That's not to say that the middle bid is the best one, but it is probably a fair indication of the going rate in your area.

Tim - Site Editor - from 2015


Cost Of Vinyl Windows

Hey - checking in on cost of vinyl windows; particularly double pane, white vinyl, double hung, with simulated divided light. Would assume these would have to be custom made / not off the shelf, so pricing is especially difficult because the big boxes like HD and Lowe's only share prices online for off-the-shelf windows which gives an unrealistically low price.

Rough opening is 32" x 52". Any help that can be provided would be awesome - looking at the Pella 250 series but feel like the Lowe's salesperson spoke to has narrowed my options for me without discussing everything that is available. Want to make sure I'm looking at all of my options.

Morgan - Homeowner - from 2016

[Site Editor's Response]

Morgan, the big box stores are only going to sell 3 or 4 brands, but they should be able to provide you with an exact price quote on that opening for each of the brands and models they carry. All windows are more or less custom ordered on the 1/4" or 1/8" for each opening.

I find the Pella's to be more pricey than they ought to be given the quality of vinyl window you are getting. You tend to pay for the name when it comes to Pella, more than the quality. (They make very nice wood clad windows, but don't have the best reputation when it comes to vinyl. The 250 and 350 series are much better than their previous efforts however.)

In my hometown, they sell the Andersen 100 Series, which is a good window. I think it runs around $275 there. They also sell the Simonton Daylight Max, which is a decent offering, probably on par with the Pella 250, but I would imagine considerably less expensive. I think the Simonton Daylight Max runs around $350. I would choose the Andersen 100 series if it were me.

While the big box stores do offer the best prices around, they don't always offer the best installation, I would suggest finding a well reputed local installer to do the work for you.

Dane - Site Editor - from 2016

Morgan's Response

We've got a bid for $7,000, includes 9 windows. Sunrise mid-range series (has foam on both outer and inner pieces) + the 12 coat glaze low e, etc etc. No SDLs or between the glass dividers. Includes install + tax. Seems about right - installers are well know in Atlanta. Lifetime warranty on glass break, fog between panes, vinyl cracking/yellowing etc. And its transferrable.

But b/c feel like you really know your stuff - wife and I saw a lot of info last night that mentioned we should just be getting our windows repaired? We have original windows from when house was built in 1945 - single pane, single-hung, SDLs that look sharp except that wood needs repair or replacement in parts for bits of rot and the window casing/pocket itself needs repair for water/rot in places, nothing major but still needs repair. Heard a lot that said repair would net a return on investment much quicker than brand new replacement vinyl windows - and would keep character/charm of old home.

My luck though, the repair/restoration cost would be anywhere from 5k - 7k which would make cost substantially similar to just replacing with Sunrise vinyl. Haven't received bids, but just an uneducated guess. Thoughts on that?

Morgan - Homeowner - from 2016

[Site Editor's Response]

Morgan, often it isn't THAT much less to use a sah replacement kit, but it makes sense in certain cases. In your case, I think it doesn't because the new replacement windows are going to be soooo much more energy efficient than your old windows. The big thing you mentioned is keeping the charm of the home, which let's face it, is a big consideration for many homeowners (I have no idea where you guys are on that front).

Have you talked to the Sunrise rep about using one of their interior wood grain laminates? The Sunrise window laminates are made from vinyl but do a very good job of looking like actual wood, which is pretty nice because you are getting a very durable and energy efficient solution and you get the overall look of wood. Not all wood grain laminates are equal, but Sunrise makes a good one.

You may want to get one more bid - I like the Sunrise a lot, but I think if you took another bid and it was lower, you could take it back to the Sunrise rep and see if he can come down off that price, I'll bet there's some wiggle room there....

See if any companies in your area sell any of these quality window brands.

Dane - Site Editor - from 2016


Replacement Windows Cost Calculator

In using the replacement window cost calculator, does triple casement with a center picture and a vent on each side count as one or three windows?

Paul - Homeowner - from 2016

[Site Editor's Response]

Paul, the windows cost calculator won't get you an answer to this. Honestly, most window companies who come out to give you a bid will price out by the linear foot. The vents are going to priced out at whatever the specific company charges to make them. I can't exactly give you a price on this off the cuff.

What I would suggest is getting a few bids from some quality local companies and asking each one for the specific cost breakdown of the casement with the vents for that measurement or that sized "hole." They might be a bit hesitant to price out an individual window, but with a little prodding, they''ll usually let it slip (sometimes they're very forthcoming about the product cost).

Dane - Site Editor - from 2016


Window Cost Sheet Question

Dane, Do the window prices listed in the cost sheet you sent include the cost of screens, and between window grid patterns, and if not, how much do those generally add per window?

Pat - Homeowner - from 2015

[Site Editor's Response]

Pat, the cost sheet is completely generic - it assumes a standard sized window, standard installation and whatever comes standard on a window. Unfortunately, different window companies offer different standard features and components, some include half screens, others full screens. Most do provide a selection of grids at no extra cost, although certain configurations and designs will add to the price. I would say you can assume an additional $75 to $100 for screens and grids if they don't include them standard.

The cost sheet is really meant as a primer more than a strict guide. I do wish I could provide more accurate pricing, but unfortunately the industry is a bit all over the board. Let me know if you have any additional questions and I'll do my best to anser them!

Dane - Site Editor - from 2015


Average Cost Of Installation

What is the average price to install a vinyl window?

Larry - Homeowner - from 2015

[Site Editor's Response]

Larry, the long answer is that it completely depends on the installation requirements. If the windows are new construction, meaning they have a nailing flange or fin around the top and sides, then removing and replacing them can require more work (especially with say a stucco exterior because a decent swatch of the stucco has to be removed and them repathed and color matched).

The other big cost consideration is if the sills and/or frames are rotten or in such bad shape that they must be replaced. This can add significant cost to the per window installation cost.

So, to finally get to your question, simply swapping out a new replacement window can run as little as $50 per window. Full frame replacement windows can be as much as $350 plus per window. The standard cost for window installation would be somewhere in the $125 per window range. But again, it completely depends on the specific project. This is where getting your three free bids comes in nicely, it gives you a fair market estimate for not only the windows you are considering, but also for the installation portion of the project.

Dane - Site Editor - from 2015






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Windows Industry Pricing

Do you know how the windows sales industry works? like how much a company generally tries to make in profit, how salesmen are compensated etc? i was trying to work up to my quote based on the pricing sheet but couldn't only do it successfully when i used a huuuge markup.

Michael - Homeowner - from 2016

[Site Editor's Response]

The window companies definitely make money, but I'm not sure there's a standard percentage mark up. For instance, Renewal By Andersen prices for a standard sized double hung would be around $1200 a window! Can you imagine the markup on that, it's essentially an Andersen 100 series that I can go down and buy at Home Depot for $250...however you can't just take the list price because there are all these add ons...low-e glass (3 or 4 options), grids, hardware, warranty upgrades, screens, etc. Then there is the installation and there can be all sorts of issues here; sill rot, stucco work to pull out new construction, patch work, exterior wrapping, trim work...

I have seen lots of price sheets in the past and I agree that on first glance it looks like someone is making a mint. I think when you break it down, everyone in the process is adding their 30% to the production cost (or to their cost). This would be my general industry estimate.

Dane - Site Editor - from 2016


Bay Window Costs

I have a 74"x53" bay window on the front of my house. It is sagging and the Windows do not close properly. There is water/condensation in between the panes of glass. A local company that soecializes in doors Windows and such has priced me a sunrise replacement (stationery Windows) for $2,000 due to it having to be a custom size (that's what I was told). I have been reading on your site that your contractors like Sunrise Windows, which is great news. Now on the other side, my contractor (who has done other work for me and therefore I trust the results of his work & his reputation in the community) has quoted me $2,000 to tear out the old unit and install the new. My question is about the pricing.

Bryan - Homeowner - from 2016

[Site Editor's Response]

Bryan, Bay windows can be tricky business, not to mention expensive. The $2K for the Bay window itself does not seem out of line for a good Sunrise Bay window. The $2K installation costs also does not seem out of line, although you might want to ask your contractor to break the bid down a bit to make sure all of his math adds up. What does the removal portion of the project entail, what's it cost to dispove of and haul away the old Bay window, what's he charging you to install the new one (how many guys does it require). In all likelihood, he won't move on his price, but the simply fact that you are asking and taking interest in the cost of the install may make him come down on his price.

Dane - Site Editor - from 2016


Cost To Remove Lead Paint

What is the cost I can expect to remove lead paint from my painted windows?

- Homeowner - from 2016

[Site Editor's Response]

George, lead paint is still a problem on homes built before 1960, with more homes using the lead paint than not. Home built between say 1960 and 1980 probably have a roughly 25% of having lead paint. After 1980, this problem is basically not an issue due to the EPA laws put into effect. There are a number of factors that determine cost to remove the paint, including the size of the project, how much containment is required and the size and structure of the company doing the removal.

On average, I would say that $75 would a standard rate per window to remove the lead paint, but it can vary anywhere from say $50 to $150 per window depending on the circumstances. As always, I recommend getting three bids to see how local companies bid out the job. This is going to give you the best replacement window cost for lead removal for your specific project.

Dane - Site Editor - from 2016






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