- The average price of a vinyl replacement window is around $1,500, but many factors can affect that price.
- You can recoup as much as 73% of the cost of new windows by saving substantial amounts on your energy bill.
- In-home consultations and quotes should always be free.
You likely have many questions as you start the process of shopping for replacement windows. But one may stand above the rest: How much do replacement windows cost anyway?
The industry price for a vinyl replacement window ranges from $425 to $2,100, with an average of about $1,500 per window. Why is the range so large, you may ask? To understand the numbers a bit more, let’s look at some of the factors that influence price.
6 factors that drive the cost of windows
- Installation: Always ask if installation is included in the price you see quoted (and if licensed and insured contractors are doing the work). Some window companies have a la carte pricing, which can be deceiving. (Champion always includes the price of installation in our quote.)
- Warranty: While a warranty may add to the cost of your new windows, it will save you money in the long run. A good warranty should cover everything. If something breaks—even if your kid throws a ball through the window—your window company should fix it. (Champion’s warranty covers every aspect of installation, parts, labor, and materials.)
- Energy-efficient glass: Low-E glass keeps you and your home warm in the winter, cool in the summer, and allows natural light in while blocking 95% of harmful UV rays. While energy-efficient glass may be more expensive, it saves you money over time, as much as 30% on your energy bills. (Champion’s low-E glass is called Comfort 365 Glass, and features advanced technology.)
- Frame insulation: Quality frame construction matters, and you get what you pay for. That $400 “DIY” window you see at the hardware store most likely lacks things like extra insulation at key points, weatherstripping, and airtight meeting rails
- Financing: Many window companies offer financing. Make sure to read the fine print and avoid high-interest financing. (Champion offers 60 months low-interest financing.)
- Promotions: You can often find great deals on replacement windows, such as “buy 2 windows, get 1 free” or other seasonal offers. It’s worth it to look around for promotions, but remember that some promotions may be too good to be true. (Read our article about how to spot these deals.)
What return on investment will I get when I buy new windows?
Replacement windows are one of the best things you can do for the value of your home. Why? Because, heat gain and heat loss through windows are responsible for 25%–30% of residential heating and cooling energy use, according to the U.S. Department of Energy.
In fact, installing new windows provides one of the highest returns on investment among home improvement projects. Industry data shows that homeowners can recoup 73% of the cost of new windows.
Always get a quote
Because the prices of replacement windows do vary so much, consumers have to do their homework. One of the most important parts of the process is asking for a quote, and noting what is included, and what isn’t included.
Representatives from the window company should meet with you at your home so they can assess your current windows and provide recommendations. The in-home estimate should always be free, and the company should offer flexible scheduling. If they don’t, or if they try to charge for a visit, that’s a warning sign of a company you don’t want to partner with for such a substantial investment.
Champion always offers free quotes, and schedules in-home estimates at your convenience.