How Much Does it Cost to Replace Windows?

Do you need new windows for your home? Failing to replace your old, drafty windows in a timely manner can cost you extra money, but the thought of installing new windows can be daunting to some homeowners, in terms of both price and duration.

We often hear the question, “how much do replacement windows cost?” There’s not a simple answer. Window replacement depends on several different factors:

What Affects the Price of Window Installation?

The cost of your window installation project will be determined by:

  • Materials: The material of the window frame can greatly affect the overall price of a window replacement project. Wood windows are on the more expensive end of the spectrum, while vinyl windows tend to be less costly.


  • Sizes: How large are the replacement windows you want? Installing a large bay window in the kitchen or a small double-hung window in the bathroom? Usually, the smaller the window, the lower the price—however, special shape/specialty windows can sometimes cost more to install.


  • Panes: While more energy-efficient windows, such as ones with double or triple panes and gas fills (typically argon or krypton), can be more expensive upfront, they pay for themselves in the long run by helping you save money on your energy bills. They can also make your home’s interior more comfortable, whatever the season.


  • Project scope: How many windows do you need to replace? Obviously, the more windows you install, the more expensive the project will be. Keep in mind, though, that window professionals sometimes charge less per window if you install several at the same time. So if you’re thinking about replacing multiple windows, be sure to talk to your local window company!

Average Cost of Window Replacement in the DC Metropolitan Area

Every project will vary slightly depending on the factors mentioned above. But according to HomeAdvisor, based on more than 300 profiles, the average reported window installation cost in the Washington, DC metropolitan area is $5,517, with most homeowners spending between $4,388 and $6,646.

Also keep in mind that when you install new windows, you can see a big return on investment. Remodeling magazine’s 2014 Cost vs. Value Report estimates an 81% cost recouped value for vinyl window replacement and 84% cost recouped value for wood window replacement in the region that includes MD, DC, and VA.

Contact Shanco

If you’re tired of your old, drafty windows and want to install new ones, Shanco can help. For over 20 years, we’ve provided reliable services for homeowners in Maryland, DC, and Northern Virginia. We can install high-quality wood and vinyl windows for your home.

Contact us to learn more about our services or if you’re ready to install new windows!



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