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October 10th, 2018 by Eco Choice

How Different Types of Installation Affect the Price of Your Window

Windows play an essential part in every home. They not only offer an outside view to the residents of the home, but they also bring in air and sunlight. Nothing lasts forever and neither do windows. It is natural to eventually need to replace your windows. Depending on where your home is located and the material of the window frames, windows are built to last approx. 25yrs. In general, the common reasons why homeowners prefer to replace the windows are the need to enhance the energy efficiency of the home, decaying frames or encasing, water seepages that resulted in mold or insulation problems, or just a simple wish to increase the value of your home.


When you decide to change your home windows, you must bear in mind the kind of costs attached to the process of window replacement and installation. There are numerous aspects that influence the cost of a new window. The window brand, overall quality, material used, scope and dimensions of the window, type of glass, and the condition of your present frame all play an integral role in determining the price of the window. For an instance, in general, you can assume an expenditure of approx. $800 for replacing a 3 ft. by 5 ft. double hung, vinyl window, while installation of a window with a wooden frame is way more costly, priced at an average of $1,875 for the same project for a single window. Typically labor for window installation runs anywhere between $100 and $200 for a total cost of $650 to $1,500 depending on the style of window you choose to purchase.


Below are the two most common types of window installation that factor in and affect the pricing:

Retrofit Installation (Install into existing frames)

A retrofit installation is the kind of fitting process wherein the windows are inserted into the present window frames. In this installation, the pillars and frames are left intact during the fitting process. As an alternative to replacing the existing brick mold, the contractor will make use of aluminum capping for the outer cover of the window. This is a simple window replacement and installation that costs considerably less if there is no flaw in the existing window frame and you are replacing your windows for energy efficiency or resale value as opposed rebuilding the frames.

Brick to Brick  (Full Frame Installation)

You would choose a full-frame installation if you wish to completely replace your windows. This installation procedure is used to replace your windows right down to the nails. Homeowners who are facing fundamental problems with their windows such as decaying wood and high moisture usually opt for this installation. With your custom windows, you get an interior trim, new frames, and exterior brick molds. New construction means that window frames will need to be created on site to fit the new windows. The price for this is almost 50% more than a simple replacement.


As far as window installation cost is concerned, retrofit window installation is a comparatively economical option. Whereas full-frame installation is often considered to be the smarter choice as it takes care of all the issues regarding the window as well as the structure. Retrofit installation is sometimes looked at as a cosmetic fix, which doesn’t address the bigger underlying issues.

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