Window Repair & Replacement Costs: Your Questions Answered
With window repairs and replacements, you can instantly improve your home! Find out how much you should expect to spend on windows for your home.
From interior design to outdoor curb appeal, windows say a lot about your home, not to mention the protection they provide from the weather. Don't have cracked, chipped, or dingy old windows leaving a bad first impression for house guests. Let Better Homes & Gardens Home Services connect you with local contractors who can help manage window repairs and find replacement windows. When it comes time to repair or replace the windows in your home, here's what you should expect.
Should I Repair or Replace My Home Windows?
Can old, broken windows be repaired? Or is it best to replace damaged home windows? Deciding whether to repair or replace windows is a big decision. Since windows are an investment, you'll want to take time to weigh the options. Here are the top factors to consider when debating home window repair versus. replacement.
The Cost of Window Materials
Due to the cost of materials, most window repairs end up being cheaper than window replacements. When repairing windows, you many need to cover the cost of the contractor's materials, such as putty, a new glass pane, or a new screen. However, these costs pale in comparison to the cost of purchasing the new windows needed for window replacement.
Labor Expenses to Repair and Replace Home Windows
While some handy homeowners may be able to tackle small window repairs on their own, large repairs and window installations are best left to a contractor. The weight of windows combined with the role they play in your home's structural integrity make repairs and replacements home improvement projects that you'll want to leave to a professional. A window contractor will have the materials, knowledge and ability to repair and replace windows — so don't forget to factor labor estimates into your decision-making process.
Window Style Requirements
To keep your home feeling cohesive, it's best if all your windows look the same. While window repairs can seamlessly match your existing windows, replacing windows can be a great choice if you are looking to quickly update the look of your home. For consistency, we recommend that if you are replacing one window, you replace them all. Better Homes & Gardens tip: With labor costs and batch discounts, it can be cheaper in the long run to replace or repair multiple windows at a time.
The State of Your Current Windows
One of the biggest factors in the repair-versus- replace decision is the condition of your existing windows. If you are not sure if it's best to repair or replace your windows, a window contractor can evaluate each window's condition and provide cost estimates for your best options.
Don't forget to think about the number of windows that need attention as well. If there is only one window with issues, repairs could make more sense, but if several of your windows are going bad, it may be time to replace them all.
How Much Do Window Repairs and Replacements Cost?
The average cost to repair a window is around $300, but this price can vary depending on the repair needed and the type of window. A quick and easy window repair can start at $50 while multiple, complex repairs can cost up to $900.
If it's time to replace windows, you should expect to pay between $300 and $700 per window. The average homeowner spends about $5,000 to install replacement windows throughout their home. Keep in mind the price for window replacements will vary based on the type, size, and location of your windows.