Window Replacement Cost: Vinyl vs. Wood Window 2016-2017

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. In fact, 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:

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 this range represents 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, 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 geographic location. – This project has a 73% ROI/recouped value in 2016.


Insulated Wood Windows – Midrange Replacement Project:

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 this 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 has a 78% ROI/recouped value in 2015 and 2016 (projected).


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.


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  1. Joan Oliver

    My husband and I just bought a new 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.

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