Close this search box.

The True Cost to Replace Windows

Couple calculating the cost of windows

If you want to replace your home’s windows, plan ahead. Consider both the cost to replace your windows and their long-term value. Then, you can identify replacement windows that align with your style and budget and maximize the return on your investment.

To help you in those considerations, we’re covering the top factors that contribute to window cost both upfront and for long-term ROI.

How Much Do Replacement Windows Cost?

The price of a replacement window varies widely based on the size, material, labor, features, and other factors. Customization is essential relative to replacement window costs. With custom windows, choices like size, colors, grid options, frame materials, and energy-efficient features can change the price. Generally, larger windows with more features will cost more upfront but have a better ROI.

Talk to a dealer to determine which replacement window options work best for you. The dealer can discuss its window products and services and help you find windows that both fit your needs and deliver long-term value.  

How to Get the Most Value Out of Your Replacement Windows

Take your time with the process of buying replacement windows. Take as much time as you need to consider the long-term benefits of your investment. That way, you can pick out windows that serve you well for years to come.   

Let’s explore three window replacement cost factors you must consider in your overall assessment.

1. Home Value

Do new windows increases home’s value? Research suggests new windows increase home value. Just how much a home’s value goes up following window replacement varies based on many factors, including the type of windows and the market.

In 2023, the national average for window replacement with vinyl or wood exceeded $20,000, an industry report revealed. With both types of window replacement jobs, property owners recouped 61.2 percent (wood) to 68.5 percent (vinyl) of what they spent. This suggests that if you invest in replacement windows, you are likely to see a substantial return on your investment. This means if you buy new windows and decide to sell your home, your investment is expected to help you get the best price for your house. Here are some of the reasons why:

Increased Security 

Old windows may not lock properly, which can create a safety issue. With new windows, buyers want windows that lock correctly — and inhibit intruders from entering their home. Some windows offer optional reinforcement and other features that are forced-entry resistant.

Additionally, windows that don’t lock correctly can affect their overall operation and performance. If your windows don’t work as expected, it’s nearly impossible to get the most value out of them. 

Improved Noise Control

Noise pollution can be a problem if you live near a school, highway, or other high-traffic areas.  Fortunately, there are features that help lessen the outside noise inside your home, such as tight-fitting frames manufactured to reduce air infiltration and reduce sound. 

If you are focused on sound reduction, there are several factors that you’ll want to keep top of mind. These include:

  • Number of Panes: Triple- and double-pane windows absorb, reflect, and limit noise better than single-pane options
  • Laminated Glass: Laminated glass dampens sound to further reduce sound transmission
  • Proper Installation: Airtight seals are key to reducing outside noise 

Fewer Issues During a Home Inspection

Broken or damaged windows are eyesores that stand out during a home inspection. Upon inspection, a buyer may ask you to replace your defective windows or lower your sale price. In the worst-case scenario, faulty windows may lead a buyer to walk away from a home sale altogether.

Home value is a key consideration as you look at window replacement cost. When it’s evaluated with other factors, you can make an informed decision about which windows to choose. 

2. Energy Savings

According to the U.S. Department of Energy, windows are responsible for up to 30 percent of heat gain or loss in homes. If you upgrade to energy-efficient windows, you can protect against heat gain and loss.

Energy-efficient windows eliminate air leaks or have glass packages that help to keep warm or cool air inside your home. On top of this, you can avoid having to run your heating and cooling system longer than expected. This can help you lower your home energy costs and help the environment.

3. Tax Credits

There’s a federal tax credit for energy-efficient windows purchased and installed between Jan. 1, 2023, and Dec. 31, 2032. With the energy-efficient home improvement credit, you can claim up to $600 annually on the cost of new windows if they meet ENERGY STAR® Most Efficient criteria. 

SoftLite proudly manufactures ENERGY STAR® certified products and has consistently earned the ENERGY STAR Partner of the Year Award. We have a selection of windows that qualify for these federal tax credits.

Why You Need High-Quality Replacement Windows

By prioritizing quality, you can buy windows that look great and perform as expected for a long period of time. These windows can also help you boost your home value and lower energy costs. You can even use window tax credits to help you further increase the return on your investment.

Of course, if you want high-quality windows, you need a partner that puts quality front and center. 

At SoftLite, quality and commitment are the cornerstones of our success. We provide innovative windows that are virtually maintenance-free. And we have an array of high-performance replacement windows that will complement your home for years to come.

Find a SoftLite dealer for replacement windows near you.

Window Cleaning
Educational Videos

Window Cleaning Tips

Dirty windows can reduce natural light, obstruct your views, and introduce allergens into your home. Cleaning your windows seasonally is important. SoftLite Windows and Doors

Read More »