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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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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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Alpen Windows Prices

Hi folks, I've been using your site for days now and would love some assistance. I have received 6 quotes from different companies in Longmont, CO and have my 7th in about an hour. Here is the breakdown of companies and quotes. Could you help rank these? I feel like my brain is suffering from information overload from trying to research all these companies and products. Also, we've only just bought the house and lived here 10 days! These are all for 17 windows, all same color and action and includes installation.

Renewal By Anderson Price - Composite - $38k
Zen Window Costss - Nirvana - $11k
Zen Windows Prices - Lotus - $12k
Conservation Construction - Conservation 5 Vinyl (Amerimax?) - $16k
Pella Window Costs - Impervia Fiberglass - $21k
Pella - 250 Series Vinyl - $16k
Alpen Windows Pricing - 525 Series Fiberglass - $16k
Alpen - The Huntington (Kensington?) Vinyl - $10k
SolarGlass - Marvin Integrity Fiberglass Cost - $17k
Colorado Window Source - Sunrise - $17k
Colorado Window Source - Amerimax Craftsman Portrait w/ 366 glass - $13k

Based on the reviews I've found on your site, RBA seems overpriced to the point of not worth it. Price is a big factor, but value is probably a bigger one.

Josh - Homeowner - from 2016

[Site Editor's Response]

Josh, you have a lot of bids here and some very good brands represented. I agree that you can toss out the RBA at more than double the cost of the other window bids you have. I also think you can toss the Pella Impervia and the 250 quotes, the Impervia is not a very good fiberglass window in my opinion and the Pella 250 price quote is at the same range as the real winners of the bunch.

At the top of the heap for me would be the Zen Windows quotes, which is a Soft-Lite Classic and Pro, both windows I like quite a bit. They are also the cheapest, which is nice to say the least. Zen is a franchise which calls for some consideration, how experienced are the installers, what kind of a labor warranty do they offer, etc.

The other two that I like are the Amerimax Craftsman Portrait and the Kensington Huntington Window, each of which offers a good product and the bid price seems reasonable.

If you really like the fiberglass option and are considering going this route, I would put the Alpen 525 and the Integrity on par with one another. But at roughly $1000 per window, that's a lot of money, they must be big windows. Let me know what you decide!

Dane - Site Editor - from 2016


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Anlin Window Prices

We live in Phoenix, AZ and had a recent quote from American Vision Window for Anlin Del Mar series for the following Window: we need 2 of each item but price seemed high. Would love your thoughts..Thanks

48x48 inches Price $627 + $77 Low E + $54 for argon and $225 for labor. $983 per window.

24x60 dbl hung $562 + $60 + $44 argon +$225 labor. $890 per window.

sliding doors. 8 ft x 6.8 ft $162 + $308 low E + $126 argon +$ $425 labor

Sanford - Homeowner - from 2016

[Site Editor's Response]

That Anlin quote absolutely seems high, although I think the door cost must have been $1062, right (not $162), plus all of the additional costs. I would suggest getting a couple more bids, look at a local company who sells Amerimax and perhaps Simonton (Impressions and Reflections 5500 series), and get bids on these for the project and see how they compare. You might be AMAZED at the variation in prices from one company to the other, I always am!

Dane - Site Editor - from 2016


Monte Verde Cost vs Simonton Daylight

I am trying to decide between 4 quotes I received to replace 3 sliding windows and 3 sliding doors. I live in San Diego so I don't need heavy duty weather proof windows, but I do want to keep out the heat in the summer and the cold in the winter. One of our windows faces the sun all day and it tends to heat up our condo like a hot box during the summer.

Anlin Monte Verde- $5620

Anlin BayView- $5554

Anlin Catalina/Del Mar- $7050

Simonton Daylight- $5736

- Homeowner - from 2016

[Site Editor's Answer]

Greg, those all look like pretty fair estimates to me. The price difference between the Catalina/Del Mar to the Monte Verde is about what I'd expect, as well as the Simonton Daylight. I think Anlin makes the better product over Simonton. I think you just have to decide whether you want to go with the upgraded option and pony up the $1500. If it were me and I was going to be in the house long term, I would pay for the upgrade. If I were going to move in say 8 years or less, I would go with the entry level option.

Tim - Site Editor - from 2016


Alside Mezzo Costs

Looking to replace 18 double hung, 4 half rounds & 1 picture window in a 30 year old home in the Nashville Tn area. Quotes are as follows

Alside Mezzo $11,250
Seaway Encore $13,986
VantagePt6100 $14,285
VantagePt6500 $18,499
SunriseRestoration $21,754


John - Homeowner - from 2016

[Site Editor's Response]

John, I think the best value in the bunch is the Seaway Encore. I don't think the VantagePointe is worth the extra money, and the Restorations is a great window, but it's very expensive at $945 per window. The Alside Mezzo is not a bad window, but I think if it were me, I'd do the Encore. I think it's worth the money over the Mezzo.

Of course, installation quality is a big issues as well. Make sure that you feel comfortable with the company who is doing the work.

Dane - Site Editor - from 2016


Alside Revelation Window Cost

I was quoted on 19 various sizes for the double hung Alside Revelation (11 using tempered glass) for a total cost of $13,942. Does $733 per window for window and installation sound reasonable?

Chris - Homeowner - from 2016

[Site Editor's Response]

Chris, I think the Alside Revelation is a somewhat overpriced, although tempered glass will add to the per window cost. I think for $733, you could get one of the best vinyl window out there.

Dane - Site Editor - from 2016


Alside Mezzo Windows Prices

Thanks for your reply, I don't know if I broke the numbers in my initial email. The 23 Insignia windows and the garage door capping price is 15,421 and for the 7 foot wide sliding door is $3000.00 so that's about $670 a window and yes it was Apex. The other company was Energy One which pitched us first and once I told them the other company came in $3000 cheaper they offered a "new" window where they have the ability to lower the price was a Mezzo window. I am in Georgia.

Bill - Homeowner - from 2016


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Amcraft Window Prices

I'm trying to get a handle on a quote for replacement windows for my home. The installer quoted Simonton Grand Estates View windows, but I'm having trouble finding information on these windows. Do you happen to know anything about them? Lastly, the job quote came in at about $5500 to replace 10 windows. How does that sound?

Thanks so much!

Travis - Homeowner - from 2016

[Site Editor's Response]

Travis, I believe that this window is manufactured by Amcraft, instead of Simonton, although it's difficult to know of every window model, series, etc.

If it is Amcraft, I'm not a huge fan, although I like several Simonton models well enough. Amcraft is more of an entry level building products company.

Tim - Site Editor - from 2016


Andersen 400 Series Pricing

We're replacing 30 double hung windows and have bids for the Andersen 400 Woodwright window (upgraded screens and glass) - $20K.

Weathershield came in at $16K, but I'm not a fan of the window, so I've tossed them out already.

Sierra Pacific gave us a bid of $13K and that includes triple pane glass and exterior screens.

Les - Homeowner - from 2012

[Contractor Response]

Les, I normally don't suggest the highest bid, but in this case that's the winner, at least in my opinion. That's actually a very good price on the Andersen 400 and the Wooddwright is my favorite of their entire line of wood clad windows. Sierra Pacific is a mid range wood window manufacturer and I don't think you are going to get the long term value you're looking for with their products.

Jim - Contractor - from 2011


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Atrium vs Simonton Asure

Hello, I've been reading your window reviews and we are currently comparing Atrium to Simonton Assure. We have 8 double hung windows to replace. Our quotes are $3200 for Atrium and $4800 for Simonton. We are in Nova area near DC.Do you have any recommendations?

Miranda - Homeowner - from 2016

[Site Editor's Answer]

Miranda, that's a pretty big price difference. I feel like Atrium makes a builder grade window for the most part and unless you are on a pretty tight budget, I'm not sure I'd go with Atrium (you didn't mention the model, which obviously makes a big difference).

However, $600 per window for the Simonton Asure seems expensive to me, the Asure is their entry level window. I don't know the project specifics, but I think you need a couple more bids to compare. Check out our top rated windows page for suggestions on brands.

I know Okna is in your area, they are great. The Okna 400 series might be in that price range and it would blow the doors on the Simonton Asure.

Dane - Site Editor - from 2016


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California Deluxe Windows Cost

Hello Dane and Tim, does $20,000 sound too pricey for replacing 13 windows, (vinyl), and this includes installation. This is a quote given by California Deluxe Windows, which does tons of radio advertisement, and I really don't want to pay for their advertising costs.

Actually I have 6 windows, but I am told that each pane is considered a "window" so, for example, my living room window is being counted as 3 windows. Left side and right side moveable, and picture window in the middle.

Thanks for taking the time.

Nikki - Homeowner - from 2016

[Site Editor's Answer]

Hi Nikki, $20K for 13 windows sounds quite pricey to me -- certainly for vinyl. I would recommend you get two to three more bids from local companies who sell Milgard (I like the Tuscany model), American Craftsman (I like the Craftsman Portrait model), Anlin (I like the Del Mar or the Monte Verde models), and Simonton (I like the Reflections 5500 or the Impressions 9800 models). All of these companies ought to be available in your area and offer a quality vinyl window at a competitive price point. Obviously, the project price tag will depend on the installation requirements so perhaps the price they quote you is fair, but my first impression is that's it's inflated. Two to three bids on the above mentioned window series should give you a very clear picture of whether or not this is true.

Dane - Site Editor - from 2016


ClearView vs Weatherlok And Simonton

I've received bids from WeatherLok, Simonton Reflections 5500, Alside Preservation and ClearView windows on 14 double hung windows. The Preservation is $8500, the Simonton is $7200, the Weatherlok is $6400 and the ClearView is $5500.

Brad - Homeowner - 2012






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Ideal Window Costs

I have window costs from the same installer on 3 vinyl windows: Ideal Majestic, Sunrise Restorations, and Soft-lite Elements. The prices are within $3K to replace all windows and do the install. Sunrise is the highest, the Soft-Lite is in the middle and Ideal is the cheapest.


Jeld Wen French Doors

I am in search of either 2 sliding patio doors or in-swing French doors.

Tucker: $2200

Jeld-Wen Auralast Siteline: $4400

Marvin Integrity Ultrex: $5950

Pella 350 Series: $6050

Pella Architect: $6150

Penelope - Homeowner - from 2016

[Site Editor's Answer]

I haven't heard of Tucker Doors so I won't comment on them. My pick would be the Jeld-Wen, I think they make very good doors. I'm not so keen on their vinyl windows, but that's another story. See if ProVia is available in your area, they also make a good door. Marvin Integrity is always a good brand and the Pella Architect is quite a nice sliding door, but it's obviously much more pricey than the Jeld Wen option.

Dane - Site Editor - from 2016



Marvin Infinity Prices

I have narrowed my search down to the Okna 800 series and the Marvin Infinity series, both highly rated. I have 8 double hung windows to replace.

Marvin Infinity Series: $9K

Okna 800 Series: $5K


Lisa - Homeowner - from 2016

[Site Editor's Answer]

Hi Lisa, the Marvin Infinity and Okna 800 series are both excellent windows. Looking at that price difference though, I think the Okna is the hands down way to go.

Dane - Site Editor - from 2016


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Monte Verde Windows Cost

We have quotes on two very large windows from Northwest $2137 for Anlin and $1857 Monte Verde. The rep says the only difference is the warranty on the Monte Verde window is not transferable.

A quote from SGK Home Solutions quote for quality Milgard windows LoE3 title 24 dual pane $625 per window

Smart energy Solutions Milgard style $1620 and Plygem Pro triple pane $2050

Selma - Homeowner - from 2016

[Site Editor's Response]

I would agree with you that the Milgard quote from SGK for $625 per window is the best of the bunch. I would suggest the Tuscany model over the Styleline though, which should only add 10% to the price. I'm guessing that quote is for the Styleline.

Dane - Site Editor - from 2016


Okna Windows Prices

I live in NJ and the Okna guy is offering lifetime warranty. We are replacing 6 Double Hungs and 1 octagon window right. Quote is approximately $3800. My home is a split level from 1959 and I will be in this house for many years to come.

Sonja - Homeowner - from 2016

[Site Editor's Response]

Sonja, I think that is a very fair price on an excellent window brand. Make you get proper installation and you will be very happy with the windows themselves.

Tim - Site Editor - from 2016


Okna 400 Windows Costs

I have narrowed it down to the Okna 400 and the Soft Lite Imperial LS. My house is 8 years old and has Patriot windows that are starting to fail in some rooms. We have a ton of windows and are looking to replace a room or two at a time as the windows are huge and, therefore, pricey. The Okna 400 was quoted at about $840 a window (upgraded to deluxe with foam and low e) and the Soft Lite Imperial LS windows prices are about $1050 a window (both have to have tempered glass on lower sash). The Soft Lite seemed much nicer.

Bill - Homeowner - from 2016


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PGT Windows Prices

Hi, I live in florida and I am replacing 5 windows PGT 36x62 WHITE LOW E AND HALF SCREEN for $2620.00 is that a good price or should I talk them down lower. The price started at $3275 but I had a competitor called weather tight mike who offered 2800.

Peter - Homeowner - from 2016

[Site Editor's Response]

Peter, $524 per window fully installed with a low-e glass at that measurement sounds like a very fair price to me. This is assuming that the installation quality is good and hopefully includes a 1 or 2 year labor warranty on the windows in case something installation related happens. But to answer your question, the price sounds fair. Of course, it never hurts to ask the company if this is their lowest price, you never know!

Dane - Site Editor - from 2016


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Ply Gem Windows Prices

Thanks Dane. My project is 26 windows - $10500 for Ply Gem vs $16,000 for Milgard. I am getting triple pane glass in the bedrooms and I know this upgrade is more costly with Milgard.

Katrina - Homeowner - from 2016

[Site Editor's Response]

Katrina, the price difference is enough to warrant a very close look at the Ply Gem. Ask them how many jobs they have done with the Ply Gem Pro and if there were any issues (including ordering), how responsive was the company?

Dane - Site Editor - from 2016


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Polaris Windows Costs

With the help of this website, I have narrowed my choices down to Polaris and Softlite. Project specifics:

(8) double hungs: (4) of these windows are larger (34x72) and need tempered bottom sash-34x72, full screens, no grids, white in & out
(1) patio slider standard 6-0 6-8 size

Polaris double pane Ultraweld and slider Ultraweld $6,250

Softlite double pane Bainbridge and slider Kingsroyal $6,390


Both options will be ordered with the glass package to satisfy Energy Star.

Right of the bat, based on what I have read on this website, these two are not apples to apples, being the Bainbridge is low/mid tier and the Ultraweld being high tier. So I would bet the advice would say that I need to negotiate the Bainbridge quote down because of this. Understood, with that said, the 0.06 air infiltration and the energy star performance specs on the Bainbridge is good enough for me and the thinner window + sash frame is also a plus.

So my question is assuming I get the Bainbridge down (current quote is 611 per window so I will try to get $1000 taken off the whole job) would that be a good value for Softlite product?

Teege - Homeowner - from 2016

[Site Editor's Response]

Teege, I think you should forget the Bainbridge and go with the Polaris UltraWeld. It's a much better window than the Baingridge and you are getting what seems to me is an excellent price. I would still see how much each company will come off the price, but assuming both will come down a little bit, I'd still go with the UltraWeld.

Dane - Site Editor - from 2016


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Renewal By Andersen Prices

We have a farmhouse in Northern Wisconsin that was built around 1900. We need to replace 9 windows where the frames have rotted out. We had Anderson Replacement Windows come out for a consult and they are quoting us $16,000 installed for their Fibrex series. What makes this attractive is their 5 year, zero interest, financing and 1 day professional installation with replacement of all rotted wood. Is this a good deal - or is this ridiculously high?

Linda - Homeowner - from 2016

[Site Editor's Answer]

Linda, in my opinion, $16,000 for 9 windows is ridiculously high, regardless of how you finance it or what terms they provide. The Renewal windows are nice, but they are actually more or less an upgraded Andersen 100 series, but much more expensive.

Before you sign anything, I would get several more bids just to compare the prices and the energy efficiency of the windows. I'm not sure what's available in your area so I'll list a number of different brands that I like.

Okna, Soft-Lite, Sunrise, HiMark, Polaris, Kensington, Wincore and Champion.

They are listed starting with my favorite. Hopefully a few local companies will carry one or more of these brands. I think you owe it yourself to at least see what else is out there.

Dane - Site Editor - from 2016


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Richlin Windows Quote

Hello, Dane. I just got a bid for $14,000 for all 15 windows for Richlin windows, but all the options were left out - so no wood-look interiors, no glass, no cute insets, etc., but warranty essentially the same as HD's.

The other quote is for 15 Sunrise Verde windows and the cost would be about $17,000. This includes the cost of each window, including removal and disposal of the old windows, installation of the new ones, and finishing with sill and trim, and the whole job, This includes a golden oak faux finish in the interior of about half of the windows and whatever sill and trim I need.

Kathleen - Homeowner - from 2016

[Site Editor's Response]

Kathleen, I haven't heard much about Richlin so I feel a bit out of my league in making any comments on them. The Sunrise Verde is an excellent window, one of the best out there. That seems like a lot of money to pay for 15 windows, but it does sound like there is quite a bit of trim and sill work involved, which can certainly drive up the cost in a hurry. If it were me, I would spend the extra $3,000 for a great vinyl window like the Sunrise Verde. I know it hurts financially, but I feel so much more confident making this recommendation come year 12 when things can begin to fail on windows.

I would love to see you get one more bid just to see how another company prices it out, although you have gotten three in total and they have all come out in the same ballpark.

Dane - Site Editor - from 2016






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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.

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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

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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

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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

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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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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

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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

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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

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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

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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

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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

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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

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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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