Window Replacement Cost 2018: Double-Pane Vinyl vs. Wood Windows

If you happen to live in an older house, chances are you’ve experienced first-hand those annoying and unpleasant cold air drafts and discomfort associated with older, poorly-insulated windows during winter months.

Older windows are not only responsible for the discomfort inside your home, but they can also greatly affect your heating and cooling bills year-round. That’s why replacing your old windows with energy-efficient ones can be a smart investment in your home.

Double-Pane Vinyl Windows – Midrange Replacement Project Cost:

An average cost to remove and replace a typical 36-by-60 inches double-hung window with a double-pane, insulated vinyl window can range between $550 and $1,000 per window installed.

The lower end of the above price range applies to a geographic region with a lower cost of living, while the higher end of the range represents an area with a high cost of living such as NYC, Boston, San Francisco, San Diego, Los Angeles, Seattle, etc.

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Thus, a typical project to replace ten standard-sized double-hung windows with double-pane insulated vinyl windows will cost between $5,500 and $10,000 for materials and labor.

Your total cost will largely depend on the company you choose to hire and your home’s location. — This project provides about 75% cost-to-value return in 2017-2018.

Insulated Wood Windows – Midrange Replacement Project Cost:

An average cost to remove and replace a typical 36-by-60 inches double-hung window with an insulated wood replacement window can range between $700 and $1,150 per window installed.

The lower end of of the above price range represents a geographic region with a relatively low cost of living, while the higher end of the range represents an area with a relatively high cost of living such as NYC, Boston, San Francisco, San Diego, etc.

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Thus, a typical project to replace ten standard-sized double-hung windows with insulated wood windows will cost between $7,000 and $11,500 for materials and labor.

Your total cost will largely depend on the company you choose to hire and your geographic location. — This project offers close to 80% cost-to-value return in 2017 and 2018.

Vinyl Versus Wood

While double-pane vinyl replacement windows will work great for most rooms and homes, some houses located in historic neighborhoods or designates as historic buildings may require wood windows to preserve their historic looks.

Wood-frame windows cost more than vinyl and are more expensive to install. In some cases, additional staining and painting of wooden windows may be required.


3 thoughts on “Window Replacement Cost 2018: Double-Pane Vinyl vs. Wood Windows

  1. David

    Hi,

    I am planning to replace all the old windows in six separate apartments housed within a three-story older building in Providence, RI. I got a few quotes ranging from $575 to $750 per window to install new double Low-E vinyl windows in all six apartments.

    I might also get some estimates on triple-pane windows for improved energy efficiency. I was told triple-pane windows would run $100 to $150 extra per window.

    The current windows are quite old and some of them are quite large in size. There are some serious cold drafts affecting these older windows during winter, which undoubtedly impacts the heating costs paid by myself, the landlord. Improving energy efficiency and tenants’ comfort is my main motivation, as well as boosting the value of the property.

    I’m wondering if it would make sense to pay extra and get triple-pane windows installed rather than double Low-E windows?

    Thank you for your help.

    Reply
    1. The Roof Guy Post author

      Hi David,

      Yes indeed, triple-pane windows are more energy efficient than double-pane windows.

      That said, in our view your rental units and your pocket book would be well-served by properly-fitted and well-insulated double-pane windows.

      With proper and precise initial measurement, insulation, and quality installation, the issue of cold drafts should be resolved. That alone, will help greatly improve your tenants’ comfort and substantially reduce your heating/cooling expenses.

      There is no need to spend extra money on triple-pane windows for rental units. The benefits would be only marginal. 😉

      Good Luck!

      Reply
  2. Joan Oliver

    My husband and I just bought a house and we absolutely love it. It has wood windows, but they are a little run down. We were talking and it looks like we need to either have them repaired, or completely replaced.

    I believe we should be on the lower end of the costs, though, because we live in a relatively low cost of living area.

    Thank you for this helpful guide.

    Reply

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