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Vinyl Window Replacement Costs
Vinyl window replacement costs will range from $200 to $1000 for a double hung window with standard installation. One of the reasons for this large price discrepancy is that there are literally hundreds of vinyl window manufacturers in the United States. You have anything from a Window World that sells their 4000 series for $189 installed, to a HiMark dealer who sells the Okna 800 EnviroStar for $1000 a window.
Another reason for this price range is the number of options available for any one window: size, type of window, quality of manufacturer, glass package, upgrade option, hardware, method of installation, etc. This can push a window priced out $300 up to $600 or more.
We'll take you through the costs for an entry level, mid range, and premium vinyl window by itself, as well as go through the breakdown on window and installation at these three price points. As well, we will provide you with some recommendations for vinyl window brands and series that may or may not be available in your area.
Check out our vinyl window cost calculator to the right to see some project cost projections. While our cost calculator doesn't take into account all that factors that go into a window replacement project, it does provide some ballpark pricing. The best way to find the fair market price for your project is by getting three or four project quotes from local dealers.
-- Price Range: $200 to $1,000 Installed --
Entry Level Vinyl Windows (Without Installation)
Entry level pricing for a vinyl window will range from $100 to $200 for the window itself. Typically, low end vinyl windows are sold through either the big box stores like Home Depot or by independent distributors. At this price range, the frame wall will usually be a thinner extrusion than a mid range or high end product.
The manufacturer will often use generic pieces of vinyl instead of custom cut pieces that are cheaper to make, but definitely impact the long term strength of the window. The glass used in the IGU would be a clear glass, instead of a low-e glass. You should also expect limited color options, upgrades, finishes, and a lower end hardware package. Consumers should expect mediocre energy efficient numbers at this price point: .35 U-value, sub .20 air infiltration, and a DP number at 35 or lower.
-- Price Range: $100 to $200 --
Mid Range Vinyl Windows (Without Installation)
Mid range pricing for a vinyl window will range from $200 to $350 for the window itself. Most mid range vinyl windows are sold through window dealers and companies who carry or rep that particular brand. The higher end retail windows, such as Pella 350 or Impervia and Andersen 100 series, can still be purchased from the big box stores.
At this mid range price, the vinyl window frame will use stronger frame walls, and may or may not have a sloped sill. Most will come standard with a low-e glass package and will often come with more options, such as frame colors, finishes and hardware choices. Consumers should expect decent energy efficient numbers at this price point: .30 U-value, sub .10 air infiltration, and a decent DP number between 35 and 45.
-- Price Range: $200 to $350 --
High End Vinyl Windows (Without Installation)
Premium pricing for a vinyl window will range from $350 to $550 for the window itself. These purchases will almost always come from dealers for well known brands. Consumers often ask me where can they buy premium vinyl windows and most of the time it's a difficult ask. Most dealers (or manufacturers) don't sell directly to consumers, but that's not always the case. Typically, the dealer wants the opportunity to sell the window and the installation package as well.
Premium vinyl windows ought to be well made and should include a strong multi chambered frame, a sloped sill, and a quality low-e glass package. Upgrades that may or may not be included at this price point include a sash reinforcement, frame fill, triple pane glass, etc. All of this will produce a window that achieves excellent energy efficient numbers: .26 U-value, sub .05 air infiltration, and a DP number over 45.
-- Price Range: $350 to $550 --
Window Installation Costs
As a general rule of thumb, installation accounts for 35% of the per window cost of a project. However, older homes may have water damage and may require the installers replace wood and true up the frames before they actually get to the window replacement portion of the project. So there are all kinds of factors that come into the installation portion of a project. Below we list the basic cost ranges that most consumers will see when they go to replace their vinyl windows.
Usually, homeowners will either get insert or pocket installation or new construction installation. However, we include standard installation because often the cost of installing a normal window will require something more than simply cutting out the existing window and replacing it with the new window. So that $100 to $150 price point is what the average American will pay for the installation portion of the project.
Insert Or Pocket Installation: $50 - $75 per opening
Standard Installation: $100 - $150 per opening
New Construction Installation: $250 - $550 per opening
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Fully Installed Entry Level Vinyl Window
Entry level vinyl windows range from $200 to $350 for a standard sized double hung with normal installation. Here are some real world examples of entry level vinyl windows. You will notice that the mid range and premium options are listed as recommended window series. I can't in good conscious recommend any of these budget or low end windows.
There are hundreds more that I could add to the list. At the end of the day, these windows will not provide the low term value that most homeowners should be striving for. This isn't to say that they don't have their place; house flipping and rentals would be two examples. However, in my opinion, buying a solid mid range vinyl window and combining that with quality installation, is the key to maximizing your investment.
Real World Examples
Window World 4000 Series
Silverline V3 Series
MI 1650 Series
American Craftsman 70 Series
-- Price Range: $200 to $350 --
Fully Installed Mid Range Vinyl Window
Mid range vinyl windows will range from $350 to $700 for a double hung with standard installation. The following list is our recommendations for quality vinyl windows that hopefully won't break the bank. The list goes from my favorites on down. All good vinyl windows though.
Recommended Mid Range Replacement Vinyl Windows
Ideal Platinum 3000
Okna 400 Series
Kensington Huntington Sereis
Anlin Del Mar
Amerimax Craftsman Portrait
Simonton Reflections 5500
Milgard Tuscany Series
Alside Mezzo Series
-- Price Range: $350 to $700 --
Fully Installed High End Vinyl Window
High end vinyl windows range from $700 to $1000 for a double hung with standard installation. The following list includes our picks for the very best vinyl windows. The list goes from my favorites on down. Each window in this list is a high quality vinyl window though and one that I would happily have in my own home.
Recommended High End Replacement Vinyl Windows
Okna 800 Series
Sunrise Restorations Series
Kensington Quantum II Series
Soft-Lite Elements Series
Vytex Potomac-HP Series
Sunrise Vanguard Series
Soft-Lite Imperial LS Series
Sunrise Verde Series
Polaris UltraWeld Series
Okna 600 Series
Ideal Majestic Series
ProVia Endure Series
Anlin Coronado Series
-- Price Range: $700 to $1000 --