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Calculating windows replacement cost can be deceitful. There are various aspects that need to be considered when determining the price.

Keep in mind those five features that will unavoidably affect the price of your new windows:

  • Type of installation
  • Type of windows
  • Type of glass units
  • Size of windows
  • Condition of the home

One of the first question people ask over the phone or via email is, “how much are my new windows going to cost?”. This is a straight up questions, and it deserves a straight up answer. However, the final and accurate price of your windows replacement project will always depend on the above mentioned five conditions.

Here are some general pricing for vinyl windows:

Window TypeWindow MaterialPrice Range
Bedroom windowVinyl$750 - $1,600
Kitchen windowVinyl$700 - $1,600
Bow windowVinyl$2,650 - $4,500
Bay windowVinyl$2,650 - $4,500
Living Room windowVinyl$1,700 - $2,000
Basement windowVinyl$450 - $800

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The production, or manufacturing, cost of the window can be the final price, if the customer chooses to do the installation on their own. However, even in that case, the cost will be dependent on the style, size and type of the window frame and glass unit.

Let’s have a more detailed look at each determining factor.

Type of Installation

brick-to-brick-vs-retrofit-windows-installation

There are two very distinctive types of window installation: one is brick-to-brick (or full frame) and the other is retrofit.  The histories of no two homes are the same, and so different installation fit different situational circumstances.

A brick-to-brick installation requires the complete removal of the frame, existing brick mould, casings, jams and trim. This is a very thorough process that demands the entire window to be cut out. Once this is done, the opening is cleaned up entirely. Especially if there are any deteriorating wood particles left.

Once the opening is neatly cleaned, the new window unit, with its entire frame, is placed in. In order to guarantee a perfectly tight seal, the new unit is leveled, screwed into place, and foam insulated thoroughly. In order to complete the job, all brand new brick mould, sills, casing and trim are installed.

Needless to say, full frame window installation can cost up to 20% more. However, when done correctly, new brick-to-brick windows will significantly improve the feel and look of your home.

Retrofit installations are quicker, easier to do, require fewer materials, and not surprisingly, cost less. During this type of installation, the new replacement window is installed into the already existing frame. The only thing being replaced is the glass. Everything else within and around the frame remains intact.

Since there is less labour involved, retrofit installations can be quite cost effective. They can also help maintain the historical appearance of century old homes.

The condition of the home also plays a role in the overall cost of window replacements. In order to achieve good insulation and high energy efficiency, older homes require a brick-to-brick installation. Unfortunately, after 20 years, window frames begin to deteriorate, so replacing the glass is not enough to fix drafts or loss of energy.

Types of Windows

Different window types come with varying locking mechanisms, internal grills and jamb extensions. Some are operable (can be opened) and some are stationary (cannot be opened). In addition, some models open vertically, some horizontally and some slide. All of these features attribute to a different manufacturing cost.

The most common 9 types of windows are:

  • Awning
  • Picture
  • Casement
  • Single Hung
  • Double Hung
  • Single Tilt Slider
  • Double Tilt Slider
  • Bay
  • Bow

Out of that list, bay and bow windows are the hardest to manufacture and install. They are also by default the largest. So, they end up costing the most.

Type of Glass

The final cost of a window replacement greatly depends on the type of glass. Modern vinyl windows come with a choice of double or triple pane glass units. Each of those units is sealed with Argon gas for better insulation. However, there are different types of glass that come with different U-factors (the measurement unit for the rate of heat transfer). The lower the U-factor, the better the overall insulation level of the window. Also, lower U-factor means higher cost for the window.

Double and triple pane glass units can be fitted into any of the above mentioned types of windows. But, keep in mind that a triple pane window can be up to 15% more expensive.

Size of Windows

When it comes to pricing window replacement, the size does matter. The bigger the square footage of the window frame, the bigger the cost.

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Comparing Window Prices in Winnipeg

Even though there are a variety of factors at play when estimating the cost of a replacement window, most companies should be able to give you a rough idea. Whether you choose to call or email, make sure you have some rough measurements in hand to help speed the process. Although, the quote you will receive is not likely to be final, it should be enough to help set a budget for the project. At Canadian Choice, we always offer a free in-home consultations at a day and time convenient for the customer.

Do not forget that windows replacement is a long-term home investment. At first, spending thousands of dollars may seem terrifying. But, you need to remember that new windows will not only make your home more appealing, they will also raise the property value. In addition, a full frame installation can significantly improve the energy efficiency of your home and lower your monthly gas bill by up to 30%.