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Windows play a vital role in the the overall aesthetic, energy efficiency, and security of your home. But there are a lot of factors that go into a window replacement—costs, types of material, and choosing a reputable contract are all huge factors in the life of your windows.
We’re Classic Roofing & Construction, and we’ve been installing new windows in homes from Orlando to Miami for 20 years. Today, we’re passing along our insider knowledge to help you make the best investment in your home.
Window Replacement Costs and Materials
If you’re wondering, “How much does a window replacement cost?” there isn’t really a simple answer. While there are online window replacement cost calculators, these aren’t accurate because they can’t take into account all the personal factors that determine window replacement costs, like the size of the window, the type of material used, the manufacturer, etc.
For all of these reasons, there’s no simple way to calculate window replacement costs without getting a professional estimate from a Florida contractor. While in general a single window replacement can cost anywhere from $75-1,500, this wide range doesn’t help you set aside a budget for your new windows. But that doesn’t mean you can’t get a smaller ballpark range. Below are a couple of the best window replacement materials and roughly what they could cost you.
Vinyl Window Installations
In a lot of ways, vinyl windows are the gold standard for Florida homes. Vinyl is made from PVC, which has a high R-value, meaning that it provides high-quality insulation. This is important in the long Florida summers when you want to keep the heat out and your home cool without overworking your air conditioning.
Another highlight of vinyl window replacements is that they’re not prone to damage. They’re difficult to scratch because of their tough plastic composition, so they’ll age beautifully with your home. As an added bonus, they’re easily cleaned with simple soap and water, so you don’t have to worry about new, high-maintenance windows.
While the final price will always depend on the specifics of your windows, new vinyl window replacements usually cost between $100-900 per window. Don’t let the higher end of the range scare you—that’s for larger windows, so if you’re replacing smaller windows, your window replacement cost will likely be closer to the smaller end of that range.
If vinyl windows have any cons, it’s that they’re difficult for manufacturers to shape. This can make custom vinyl windows especially expensive. Additionally, the interior of a vinyl window is difficult to paint. So while there are several color options available, most Florida homeowners choose a neutral color to avoid clashing with the decor.
Aluminum Window Installations
If vinyl windows don’t sound like they’re for you, aluminum windows make a great option. To start, aluminum is surprisingly lightweight for how durable it is. This means that despite its sleek design, an aluminum window can stand up to Florida’s heavy rains and hail.
And unlike vinyl, aluminum reshapes easily. This makes it a great fit if you need a window with an unconventional shape and don’t want to break the bank. Additionally, aluminum windows are thin, which makes for a sleek, unobtrusive look that shows off your home’s natural beauty.
In terms of price, aluminum windows tend to come in around $200-850, making them roughly comparable with vinyl window options. However, aluminum windows do have their own drawbacks, just like vinyl. For Floridians, the biggest issue is that aluminum windows do not insulate well. This means they may not be the best option if you’re trying to lower your energy bill with your new windows.
Finding the Best Window Replacement Company
As you can see, the total window replacement costs come down to a lot of individual factors, and there is no “best” window replacement material. But that doesn’t mean you can’t make an informed choice about your new windows and get a price you can rely on.
At Classic, before we start any work, we always conduct an on-site inspection so that we can provide a reliable, free window replacement quote. This lets us figure out the exact measurements of your windows, what you’re looking for, and what product will best suit your needs. And from there, we can install the perfect window replacements for your home.
But how do you know you can trust us with this investment into your home?
In addition to being GAF Master Elite certified, we also have hundreds of reviews from local Floridians whom we’ve helped. When choosing a window replacement company to work on your home, don’t settle for unreliable contractors. Go with reliable, local contractors like us who have lived and worked in your community for decades.
If you’re ready to take the first step in your window replacement, all you have to do is schedule your free estimate online. Our in-house Classic crew will be happy to talk with you, help you pick out the perfect new windows for your home, and show you that we follow through on our 100% happiness guarantee.