House Window Prices : Window Costs Per Square Foot
Window Costs Per Square Foot
Explore window costs per square foot for a variety of different styles, options and frame materials. Use our home window price estimator for additional cost information.
Window Prices By Style
We break down our window prices per square foot by material, as opposed to by the style of window. The reason for this is that there are minimal price differences between say a casement and an awning window. While it is true that a picture window will run $50 less than a similarly sized double hung window, the price difference is minimal enough that it makes more sense to use frame material as the basis for cost comparisons.
Vinyl Window Costs Per Square Foot
Vinyl window frames are the most popular windows on the market, and for good reason. They account for over 50% of the entire replacement window market. Vinyl windows are less expensive than other windows, achieve excellent energy efficiency numbers, require no maintenance, and carry better warranties.
-- Installed Cost: $10 to $40 per square foot --
Wood Window Costs Per Square Foot
Wood clad windows are by far the most beautiful option on the market, although they are also the most expensive. In addition, they require the most maintenance, have some of the worst energy efficiency numbers, and carry the shortest warranty. Still, there is something amazing about the look of real wood interiors.
-- Installed Cost: $35 to $75 per square foot --
Fiberglass Window Costs Per Square Foot
Fiberglass window frames are both more expensive than vinyl, as well as slightly more energy efficient. Fiberglass windows cost on average $15 to $35 per square foot for the window itself. Installation typically runs $150 to $350 per opening. Fully installed, consumers can expect to pay between $20 and $55 per square foot on fiberglass windows.
-- Installed Cost: $25 to $55 per square foot --
Aluminum Window Costs Per Square Foot
Aluminum window frames are by far the stronger of all window frames, although they are also by far the least energy efficient. Aluminum windows cost on our $5 to $25 per square foot for the window itself. Installation typically runs $150 to $350 per opening. Fully installed, expect to pay $10 to $40 per square foot. Aluminum window prices are typically right on par with vinyl windows, although without the real entry level options that low end vinyl provides.
-- Installed Cost: $20 to $40 per square foot --
Composite Window Costs Per Square Foot
Composite window frames are the newest window frame material, often made of a combination of vinyl and wood. Composite windows cost, on average, $15 to $30 per square foot for the window itself. Installation typically runs $150 to $350 per opening. Fully installed, consumers can expect to pay $25 to $40 per square foot between per square foot.
-- Installed Cost: $25 to $40 per square foot --
Soundproof Window Costs Per Square Foot
Soundproof windows are built and manufactured specifically to reduce sound and noise from entering through the window. This is done in a number of ways, but the biggest noise abatement method is to increase the space between the two panes of glass in the IGU. This is where most of the noise deadening comes from. This is an expensive process though and consumers will pay for this more robust and deeper frame. Noise reduction is also done with a laminated glass, or with glass thickness offsets between the inner and out glass pane. Often, these are found in urban areas or in homes close to freeways and other noisy locales.
-- Installed Cost: $30 to $75 per square foot --
Impact Window Costs Per Square Foot
Impact hurricane windows are built to protect homes from hurricanes and other severe weather. One way they do this is through the use of a strong multi-welded frame with a design pressure or DP in the 45 to 85 range. Typically, an impact window will have a reinforced frame, as well as the use of laminated glass. Nearly all impact windows are made of vinyl these days.
Questions On Replacement Window Cost Per Square Foot
How Much Do Window Grids Cost
Hello, thanks for all the great information. I am looking for a ballpark figure for a standard colonial style grid/grille that is between the glass. How much should this add to the cost for standard double hung vinyl window replacements? I have seen everywhere form $30 per window to $12 per square (which adds up fast!) or more. We are in Atlanta GA. Thanks!!!
[Site Editor's Answer]
Douglas, I have to say $25 to $45 a window is pretty standard. Some companies do it by the square foot. There is no industry standard for anything really. The best thing you can do is get those four quality bids and ask each rep what they charge for their upgrades, whether its grids (many don't do in glass grids anyway), glass packages, spacers, etc. Get your bids, try and compare apples-to-apples, look at the online reviews of each company doing the work, and then make your decision.
How To Calculate Square Footage
How exactly do you calculate the square footage of a window?
[Site Editor's Answer]
Melie, let's say you have a window that is 2 feet by 4 feet. You simply multiply 2 x 4 for 8 square feet. So in our example above, the median cost of a vinyl window installed is $25 per square foot. So 8 x 60 equals $480 -- the median cost of an installed vinyl window is $480, while a mid range window installed would be about $425 out the door.