Definitive Guide to Window Replacement Budget

Windows are an essential feature of a great home; they are critical to reducing heating and energy costs. 

Eventually, Mrs. CBB and I will have to replace the windows on our home, so we wanted to understand the process and prices involved. 

new windows
Budget Window Replacement in 2021

Reduce Costs Of Heating And Energy With Home Window Replacement.  

Our home has 2 skylights, a sunroom, a front door, and plenty of windows, including our basement.

We want our sunroom to be all-season, with French doors and the best windows, so we have no issues.

We recently had a look at a few different window replacement companies for comparison purposes, and one of them was Ecoline Windows.

As a homeowner, you must be prepared to replace windows, doors, garage doors, etc. Your home will cost you more in the long run.

Managing your home’s energy efficiency by evaluating what you currently have makes the process easier. 

Windows, doors and skylights can be a significant source of energy loss in your home – up to 35%. In Canada’s climate, this means higher energy bills for you. – Source

Window Replacement On My UK Home

While I was living in the UK, I had the windows replaced to double-pane at the cost of 5000 pounds. 

That was back in 2001, and in today’s dollars, that would have cost approximately CAD 8753

The cost today will be far more than the 5000 pounds I paid in 2001, which is why a budget is critical. 

Saving your money as a projected expense for your home renovations is an intelligent way rather than using credit. 

It’s essential to understand the different window styles and the elements needed for your project.

Calculating Average Costs Of Window Replacement

Window replacement costs are based upon a combination of labour, materials used, type of window, and the area in which they are being installed.

By understanding how the costs of window replacements are calculated, you will be able to better budget for your renovation.

In this blog post, we will discuss the average window replacement budget.

We will also further delve into the breakdown of the source of associated costs.

If you are thinking about replacing your windows this year, continue reading to find out how to budget for the project ahead accurately.

What Was the Average Replacement Budget in 2020?

Awning window by Ecoline Windows
Awning Window

The price of window replacement also depends on what window is being replaced.

In 2020, the average cost to replace 10 windows in a typical three-bedroom home was between $3,900 and $9,200.

However, the price can fluctuate depending on the number of more complicated windows needing to be redone.

The main factors that affect the price of your window replacement are:

  • Type of installation – such as full-frame vs. Retrofit
  • Styles of windows you choose – such as two-pane or three-pane windows
  • Additional customizations – such as gas fills

Understanding these elements will let you budget for your new window replacement more accurately.

How to Build a Budget for a Window Replacement project?

To begin building your window replacement budget, it’s essential to understand your window needs.

Full frame vs. Retrofit is a full-frame installation that involves more labour and a more complicated installation process.

This type of installation is usually needed if you are looking to change the overall size of your original window.

A retrofit uses the existing window frame, reducing the time and labour required to install the new windows.

Type of window – Different window options can be chosen depending on where the window is located and where you are located.

There is a price difference if you are looking for a two-pane window vs. a three-pane window.

The benefit of a three-pane window is increased energy efficiency, additional finishes, and increased your home’s potential resale value.

If you live in a colder climate, it can also ensure a more consistent indoor temperature.

Additional features – Many customizations to windows will affect the price.

One of the most common other features is having gas fills for your windows.

The additional gas barrier will increase your window’s energy efficiency as it helps prevent heat from exiting or entering through the window.

Formulating Your Window Replacement Budget

Once you have identified the type, style, and additional features, you can formulate your budget by:

  • Determining the average cost of each window
  • Figuring out how many windows you plan on replacing
  • Researching the availability in your region
  • Planning how quickly you want the project completed

Each of these factors will affect the overall cost of your budget.

But by accurately determining your home’s specific window needs, you will be able to build an accurate budget.

What Are the Top Factors Affecting the Price of Replacement?

Ecoline casement windows
Types of windows to have installed on your home – Ecoline Casement Window

Every window replacement project is different. Therefore, it can be challenging to figure out precisely what the final cost of your window replacement will be.

But by understanding where the associated costs come from, you can better prepare for your window renovation project.

Common Window Replacement Styles

bay window installation
Bay window on a house

There are many styles of windows, and it’s no surprise that each of them is priced differently.

The most common window styles are:

Bay – these are characterized by a front-facing window, with angled windows on either side. These windows jut out from the side of the home. The average cost is $3000.

Sliding doors – also known as patio doors, are commonly found at the rear of a home. The average cost is $2000.

Picture – these windows are significant focal points; they offer a lot of light and view. Although they do not open. The average cost is $886.

Single-hung – this is a simple style window that slides open from one end, and the other end is fixed. The average cost is $888.

Double-hung – these windows are similar to the single hung, but instead of only one half of the window sliding open, both halves can slide up and down. The average cost is $630.

Casement – these windows can be single-sided or double-sided. They can also be fixed or operable where they swing open on a hinge from one or both sides. The average cost is $827.

Awning – this window style has a latch that opens, and the window is hinged across the top. This allows the window to swing upwards, creating a ledge. The average cost is $951.

Hopper – this window is similar to the awning; however, it is hinged along the bottom instead of being hinged at the top. The average cost is the same as an awning window, $951.

Custom – these windows are designed to fulfill your specific needs. These are typically used when the window casing is not a standard shape.

The average cost will depend on the size and complexity of the custom window.

With so many options to choose from, each with its price tag, this is one of the most significant factors that can affect the overall cost of your window replacement.

Types of Window Installation

Types of available windows for installation

There are two types of window replacement installation:

Retrofit Installation refers to using the existing window frame. Replacement windows are made to fit the existing space without additional structural modifications.

This is the quickest and most cost-effective method.

Complete Frame Replacement involves changing the size of the window frame that will house the window itself.

This is a more complicated installation process that involves adjusting the overall structure of your window frame.

The type of installation will affect the labour required for the installation and, therefore, affect the project’s cost.

On average, full-frame replacement usually costs 10-15% more than a retrofit installation, so consider this before choosing the type of installation.

Window Replacement Location

Window Replacement Location
Window Replacement Location

The location in which you are replacing the window plays an integral part in the overall price of the installation.

For example, a basement window replacement will potentially require the ground surrounding the window to be dug out to fit the new window into place.

It can provide easier access if you already have an existing well around the basement window.

However, if you are looking to change the size of the basement window, it will require the removal of the existing well, the space being dug out, and a new well being made.

These additional factors will increase the price of the window replacement project.

Similarly, if the window replacement is for a skylight window, the process can become more complicated since the windows are in an inaccessible location.

These windows require additional sealing to ensure they are safe from the elements.

Many factors affect the cost of your window replacement project.

However, if the window being replaced is in an easily accessible location such as a main floor living room, this provides easy access for a team to replace the window.

This simplicity will reflect in the cost of the project. If you want to know more about how location affects pricing, see the table below:

window replacement locations around the average home in Canada

Size and Quantity For Window Replacement

It is no surprise the size of the window is directly related to the price.

The average cost for window sizes is:

  • Small – $603.00
  • Medium – $956.00
  • Large – $1736.00
  • Extra-Large $2891.00

The average family three-bedroom home has approximately 10 windows.

However, each home is unique, and the number will vary based on home size and amount of windows.

You may choose to only replace a few windows at a time, depending on your overall budget.

Custom Windows and Additional Features

There are several customizations to your window replacement that can be done.

First, you choose from several different windows additional features, such as:

  • Push-Down Screens
  • Fold-Down Handles
  • Multi-Point Lock
  • Heavy Duty Hardware
  • Window Grills
  • Double or Triple Glazing
  • Argon and Krypton Gas Fills
  • LoE Glass Coating

Your Living Area (GEO) And Window Replacement

Another crucial factor that affects the ultimate price for your window replacement needs is the area you live. 

See the table below to figure out the prices for windows replacement in your area.

average cost window replacement

Keep in mind, though, that the only way to get an accurate quote for windows replacement is to contact a reliable contractor in your living area as window brand prices might change depending on:

  • GEO
  • Taxes
  • Transportation
  • Employment
  • Features
  • Styles
  • Sizes

When being calculated, most of these add-on options are pretty standard and are included in the window price.

They are available to ensure the windows you install can fully fit your home’s needs.

Often a home will require a custom window solution.

With this in mind, the most common reason is a unique shape outside of the standard.

These prices are dependent on each project, the size of the window, the complexity of the shape, and the difficulty of the installation.

While it can be a long process for a custom solution, the benefit is a window built precisely to your specifications.

The Bottom Line About WIndow Replacement

Window replacements are a necessary renovation to ensure the safety and comfort of you and your family.

Regardless, there are many elements to consider when planning your replacement budget.

By fully understanding your specific needs and researching the style and additional features that will benefit your home, you will be more accurately able to choose a solution that will fit your home and your budget.

Discussion: Have you ever replaced the windows in your home? How did you budget for them? 

Please share any tips or personal experiences below. 


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  1. Our first house was very close to the neighbors so there were no windows on the sides. I believe total windows and doors was 7. When we bought our current house we were so excited because we have 26 windows and doors. So much light. And the great view. Now we are 20 years later and window replacement is coming up on the project list. I kind of miss our old 7 window house. That said, I would love to get European style windows (they open from side (like a door or casement) or can be opened at the top and tilted to allow fresh air. But they don’t really exist in Canada. I checked out magic windows but the price was ridiculous. So we will probably replace with same as we have now.

    1. Hi Susan,
      I’d be missing those 7 windows too, haha. That made me smile. My mum and dad have the windows you are talking about and no I have never seen them in Canada. Plus, all of our windows had keys for them. I replaced all of the windows in my house to double glazing and although it was pricey It was worth it, especially as a selling feature of the home. Thanks for stopping by. Mr.CBB

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