Windows add so much to your home’s overall aesthetic and energy efficiency. Like most items in your home, your windows will eventually need to be replaced.
In 2023, the average cost for a window replacement in the Southeast Michigan region can range from $1,500-$3,500. This is the total price, including professional installation with material ranging from vinyl to wood. We know this is a wide range, but the cost is heavily dependent on a number of factors including size, type, style and more. We’ll discuss these factors more in depth below.
WindowPRO has served the Wixom, Michigan area since 1923. We’ve helped thousands of homeowners find the perfect windows for their home and budget.
In this article, we’ll explain what factors influence the price of windows and installation so you can have realistic expectations for your window replacement project.
Factors That Influence The Cost Of Your Window Replacement
Every home and homeowner is unique, and the cost of each window replacement project will vary. The cost of your window replacement project will depend on material, size, energy efficiency rating, customizations, installation and warranty.
1. Window Frame Material
The most common types of window frame materials are vinyl, fiberglass, composite, wood and aluminum. If you are a long-term homeowner, looking to invest in a durable and high-quality window, composite, fiberglass or wood would be excellent choices. If you’re a house flipper or looking to make some quick repairs to your home before selling, inexpensive vinyl may be the most economical choice.
There are different window types, and choosing a type of material is usually the most influential factor in your final price. We break down some of the most popular window types and how much you can expect to budget for each below.
· How much do vinyl windows cost?
An average price range for a 3ft x 5ft vinyl window in Southeast Michigan would be approximately $1,500 installed.
Vinyl windows are made of PVC (polyvinyl chloride) and are often the most affordable window material. They do tend to be less durable than wood or fiberglass.
· How much do fiberglass windows cost?
An average price range for a 3ft x 5ft fiberglass window in Southeast Michigan would be approximately $2,000 installed.
Fiberglass windows are stronger and more durable than vinyl and offer enhanced energy efficiency. They can also be extruded in low-profile frames and sashes!
· How much do composite windows cost?
For composite windows you can expect to pay around $2,500 installed for a 3ft x 5ft in Southeast Michigan.
Composite windows are made from a mixture of wood, aluminum, vinyl and plastics to create a very sturdy and durable frame. Composite windows imitate the look of wood windows without the upkeep.
· How much do wood windows cost?
For a 3ft x 5ft wood window, you can expect to pay around $3,500 in Southeast Michigan. Wooden frames offer a beautiful, unique design – however, there are some pain points. They are susceptible to wood rot and do require some upkeep.
2. Window Size & Functionality
When you begin to think about the type of window you want in your space, the first few considerations are material, size and functionality (how you’d like to be able to use your window).
Naturally, the bigger the window, the more it will cost. Along with size, there are a few choices you can make with functionality that all have impacts on your final price.
For example, a single-hung window where only the bottom half slides up and down will be less expensive than a double-hung window that can tilt horizontally and the top and bottom half of the window can slide up and down.
3. Window Styles & Customizations
There are many customizations you can make to your windows to have them represent your style and the uniqueness of your home. Customizations do add to the cost of your window, so you may have to weigh a few factors to ensure you select something perfect for your home and budget.
After choosing the material of your window, you’ll be able to add some customizations like:
· Interior and exterior color
· Screen upgrades
· Grid patterns on the window glass
· Glass coatings and tints
· And more!
These customizations do add to the cost of your window, but many homeowners find this to be the most exciting part. Your windows will be a fixture in your home for many years, so it’s important to make sure you get the functionality and style that you want!
4. Window Energy Efficiency
As a Southeast Michigan homeowner, you’re no stranger to extreme weather. We experience all the seasons, including very cold winters and hot summers. Windows are a great way to improve the energy efficiency of your home.
Common measures of energy efficiency for windows include the UV percentage, infrared percentage, and solar heat gain coefficient. These measurements and ratings determine how much heat a window may let into your home.
Energy Efficiency Add-ons:
· Argon gas windows: Clear argon gas is inserted between the panes of the window that acts as an insulator – effectively keeping hot and cold air inside your home. It’s nontoxic and not harmful if the glass is broken or leaks.
· Tinted glass coatings: These can be a cost beneficial way to improve energy efficiency. Tinted glass coatings come in different colors and shades.
· Low-E (Low emissivity) glass coatings: This type of coating limits the amount of infrared and ultraviolet rays that pass through a window. If this is something you’re interested in, be sure to mention it to your contractor as not all glass types can accommodate this coating.
5. Window Installation
Installation is a contributing factor to your overall cost. Many window replacement companies may advertise cheap windows, purposefully leaving out the cost of installation.
The quality of installation is just as important as the quality of window you choose. Poor installation is a leading cause of premature window failure. It’s important to hire a contractor that is experienced in window replacement.
Installation cost varies on a few things – including the quality of the contractor, window size, window location and any wood rot that needs to be repaired on the frame. Obviously, a large window on the top floor of a home will be more expensive to replace than a small window on the main level.
6. Window Warranty
This may not be something that’s spelled out on bid or invoice, but – the better the warranty and higher quality of the company, the more it will cost. The quality of the window warranty naturally adds to the cost. You’ve heard the adage, “you get what you pay for”.
There are two types of warranties – workmanship and manufacturer. Workmanship warranties cover any errors made during installation while manufacturer warranties protect against defects. We highly recommend Marvin windows precisely for their industry leading warranties.
If you plan on living in your home for years to come, choosing a company that offers a better warranty and has a better reputation will give you peace of mind. And, if something does go wrong, a quality warranty will save you money in the long run. Unless you plan on selling your home soon, choosing the cheapest contractor comes with consequences. Poor workmanship and limited or no warranties are typically one of them.
Does Window Replacement Have A Good Return On Investment?
Rest assured knowing that replacing your home’s windows has a high return on investment. According to the National Association of Realtors 2022 Remodeling Impact Report, replacing your windows is one of the top 5 highest cost recovery exterior projects.
In addition to increasing the value of your home, a window replacement project should increase the energy efficiency of your home – lowering your gas and electric bills! If energy efficiency is a top-of-mind concern, be sure to mention this to your contractor. There are varying levels of insulation and energy efficiency ratings.
If you notice your windows are foggy, difficult to operate, or are damaged – it may be time to replace them. It’s important to get a quote from a contractor or company to get a more accurate estimate for your specific project. We recommend getting two or three bids to ensure you’re getting a fair price and assessment on your window replacement project.
In order to make sure you’re comparing ‘apples to apples’ on each bid, be sure to inquire about warranty information, window brand and quality and installation timeframe. Additionally, it’s extremely important to read the reviews of each company you receive a bid from. A less expensive bid from a contractor with bad ratings may help your decision-making process!
Next Steps – Window Replacement In Southeast Michigan
Ready to replace your windows with a Wixom contractor you can trust? WindowPRO offers high-quality window replacements in Southeast Michigan. We’ve been serving customers since 1923 and are proud of the stellar reputation we’ve earned! If you’re ready to get started on your window replacement, we’d love to see if we’d be a good fit for your project. Contact us today to set up your free, no-hassle consultation.