How to Use Our Window Replacement Cost Calculator
Determining the cost of your window replacement is probably high on your list of priorities—and there’s a lot going into that estimate. The price of installation depends on these factors:
- Number of windows you’re replacing
- Window style
- Type of insulation
- Labor costs
- The standard price for work in your area.
If calculating so many variables has your head spinning, don’t worry. We created the ModWindows Window Replacement Cost Calculator for this very reason—so that all the work is done for you.
Simply answer a few questions about your home—including the number of windows you’d like to replace, your style preference, whether or not you need insulation—and ModWindows will give you an individualized estimate for a replacement project in your location. It can even predict the average labor costs so that you’ll understand the breakdown of your renovation cost—just check the box that says Include labor cost in my estimate.
Your final estimate isn’t just a flat rate, either. ModWindows gives you a picture of your average costs, as well as the high and low range for the project, in case you’re looking for a luxury replacement or hoping to save money. Home renovations already come with enough surprises. ModWindows helps you take some of the guesswork out of the process.
Breaking Out Costs
The Cost of the Window
The most expensive part of your project will go toward the cost of the actual windows. Windows aren’t cheap, and most of your budget should be reserved for quality windows. Installing a window properly doesn’t take very long, so labor should be the lower cost in your estimate.
Calculate Standard Costs
If your home has standard rough opening sizes, you can simply add the cost of standard-sized windows from the local supplier you choose. Most local suppliers will have many different window types to choose from, and you can price the windows before you order them. Simply measure the rough openings around your home and talk with your supplier to see how much it’ll cost to have your desired windows installed.
Calculate Custom Window Costs
When it comes to custom windows, determining a cost is a bit more involved. You’ll need to define all the features that you want, including size, frame type, glass type, and the type of gas you’d like inserted between the layers of glass. After deciding on all of these factors, you can determine the cost of your custom windows.
Consider Labor Costs Separately
You’ll want to hire a professional to complete the job. This way, you can be confident that your windows will be in peak performance and will last for years to come.
To get an idea of the actual labor cost, have a couple of contractors come look at your windows and offer a quote. You’ll generally pay a bit more for labor when a contractor installs windows you’ve already purchased, because most contractors make money off purchasing windows for a homeowner.
Contractors have many relationships established with window providers around the area. Many contractors can get a discount on windows, but they will bill you for the full value of the window. The percentage they save on the window serves as another form of payment for the job, reducing the overall installation costs.
Other Costs & Savings to Consider
New Construction Windows Versus Simple Replacement
Look at your current window frames—are they rotting? Rotten frames must be replaced, so you’ll need new construction windows rather than replacement windows. New construction windows are a bit more expensive and have higher installation costs, too. Factor in spending about $50 to $100 more per window for new construction windows—but also make sure to get estimates from several different contractors.
Add in Any Fees
Many contractors or large companies will add fees such as delivery charges, so you’ll need to account for these as well. It’s important to ask about any additional fees that you’ll be charged and make sure that you account for them in your budget.
When you work with a certified contractor, they will take care of disposing of all the excess materials that accumulate throughout the project. If you are installing the windows yourself, you will have to figure out how much it is going to cost you to dispose of the old windows and excess. If your old windows are in good shape, you can sell them or donate them to Habit for Humanity or another charity.
If they’re in poor shape, you will likely have to pay to dispose of them. Figure out what disposal costs are in your area and budget between $50 and $400 to get rid of all the materials that are left over at the end of the project.
Talk with Your Utility Company About Possible Tax Credits and Rebates
You might be surprised by all of the available local rebates and credits that will help you get money back on your window replacement. To find out if there are rebates in your area, get in touch with the local utility company. Many are offering rebates to customers who have Energy Star windows professionally installed in their homes. You might find out that you qualify for $200 per window or more in rebates. Many times these companies will provide a per window rebate up to a specific amount.
Factor in Insurance
When you buy windows from a big box store like Lowes or Home Depot, you’ll undoubtedly be offered an insurance plan on top of the warranty that comes with the windows. Many times this insurance plan will help fix damaged windows that aren’t covered under the standard manufacturer’s warranty. If you want the added protection so that you don’t have to worry about saving for future window problems, factor in the cost of that insurance into the overall price as well.
If you’re planning to have many windows replaced at once, you’ll probably need to finance your replacement project. Even at the low end of a replacement window cost, you should expect to pay between $450 and $500 per window. If that kind of spending isn’t realistic for you all at once, look into the many available financing options:
- Home Improvement and Home Equity Loans– Many home improvement loans are available for purchases like new windows, flooring, roofing, or other projects that will improve the value of your home. Talk to your local bank or credit union to find out if you qualify. If you’ve been paying off your home for a long time and you have some serious equity in it—usually between 40 and 60 percent at a minimum—you might be able to take out a second loan relying on the equity that you already have.
- Mortgage Increase– In some instances you can get a higher mortgage amount than what you need to buy the home itself, and that amount can be used to make improvements to the home. If you have a significant down payment, as well as some contractor bids and before-and-after appraisals for your project, you might get the bump up that you need to cover at least part of the home improvement from your mortgage.
Once you’ve added the cost of the windows, labor and disposal fee, simply subtract any tax breaks or rebates. Then you’ll be able to determine exactly what it will cost for your home’s new windows, and you’ll be a better informed homeowner, too.