Why is window replacement so expensive? We hear this a lot from customers who are surprised at the quotes they receive from any exterior contractor who visits them. Getting new windows is an investment, but it’s worth the money you invest. New windows have many benefits for homeowners, including:

  • Increased energy savings
  • More comfort during cold and hot seasons
  • Better curb appeal
  • Brighter, better-looking interior rooms
  • Easier window operation
  • Better pest control

Window replacement is worth the investment, but what makes it such a substantial investment to begin with? These are the reasons why windows have become more expensive over the years.

Inflation Increases

It’s no secret that inflation is up in the U.S. The cost of nearly everything has increased every year, and this includes the price of materials for windows. The price of lumber has increased substantially more than many other building materials. Even if you choose composite or vinyl windows, lumber is still used in the framing and interior/exterior window trim, so the price is impacted regardless of the primary window material.

Outside of lumber prices, the prices of composite, fiberglass, and vinyl have also been impacted by inflation. Prices across the industry have increased, making window replacement more expensive than years prior.

Should you invest in window replacement now? If you need windows, it’s still a good idea to invest now. Inflation may be slowing, but it is still increasing year over year, and prices will continue to go up. If your home needs new windows, it’s better to get them now rather than trying to wait for prices to come down over the years.

What Else Impacts the Cost of Windows?

Besides the cost of the materials, other things can impact the price of new windows:

  • The type of installation: full frame installation vs window inserts (see the difference here). We always recommend full-frame replacement installation.
  • The cost of labor: this has also been impacted by inflation over the years. Wages have been increased to meet the inflationary levels.
  • How complex the replacement is: not all windows replacement jobs are the same. Some windows are more difficult to replace based on their placement and other factors. This can make window replacement more expensive.
  • The types of windows being replaced: while most windows are pre-built by manufacturers before installation, some more complex windows (like modified bay windows) need to be built on-site. This can increase the price of the total window replacement job.
  • The brand of windows: prices will change based on the manufacturer. Not all window manufacturers charge the same for the windows they build.
  • The glass used: in some cases, you can choose a more expensive type of glass to be placed in your windows. Therefore more energy-efficient glass types can increase the cost of the windows.
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