AVERAGE COST OF BASEMENT WINDOW REPLACEMENT
One of the biggest trends for homeowners looking to expand their livable space is to convert their basement. Moving to a larger home, or building an extension are both extremely expensive options, particularly in comparison with a basement conversion. By converting your basement from a dank and dreary space for utilities and little else, you can put in additional bedrooms, or a family room, or even a home theater. In order to remodel your basement, you’ll need to look at things like adding carpets and sheetrock to remove the overall concrete aesthetic. However, one of the biggest changes you can make is replacing the basement windows.
Putting in new windows will result in a new lease of life for your basement. By letting natural light enter, you will ensure that the space is welcoming and bright – a far cry from a typical basement. Replacing the windows in your basement is one of the most important steps in converting unused space to a welcoming, livable one for the whole family.
However, with the replacement comes a whole host of financial considerations. Although not as expensive as building an extension on your home, there are very real capital outlays required. While these can be daunting, the best step is to be prepared. The purpose of this guide is to outline the key costs involved so that you will get a sense of what you will pay to replace your basement windows.
The below figures are a ballpark guide and will demonstrate a range that you can expect. There are many different factors that will influence what you actually pay – from the cost of living in your area to the size of your basement to the style of windows you’re looking for. However, reading this guide will put you in a good position to know which options are right for you in your basement conversion.
OVERALL COST OF BASEMENT WINDOWS
THE OVERALL COST
Overall, you can expect to pay somewhere between $500 and $7,000 for replacement basement windows, with the average price being somewhere around $650. If you’re replacing windows, it is assumed that you need totally new windows. If you’re looking for only a part of the window to be replaced, it is likely that the costs will be at the lower end of the range.
If you’re planning on upgrading your windows to be egress windows, the costs start to look a lot higher, and you’ll pay somewhere between $2,500 and $5,000 – or even more, depending on your specific requirements. This is because egress windows are designed to act as an escape method as well as a means of letting light into your basement.
If you’re looking to save money, it’s possible to find cheaper ways to do some part of the process. By breaking down the costs, it’s possible to see where that might take place.
Windows and Frames
The costs of the windows and the frames are usually between $100 and $650. For a further breakdown of the costs of different window materials, see the ‘Additional Costs’ section, below. It is possible to use cheaper materials and thereby keep the costs at the lower edge of the range.
The other major cost involved in replacing your basement windows is the cost of labor. Generally, this will run you somewhere between $100 and $300. Most installers will charge somewhere between $30 and $65 per hour, with an average of $40. This varies greatly throughout the United States, usually depending on the cost of living in your area. Of course, there is an economy of scale to this, so the price per window will lower if you are replacing multiple windows at once.
However, in general, this is an unavoidable cost unless you have extensive experience in window replacing. It’s far better to hire a professional to complete the work than to try and do it yourself.
As mentioned above, there are a number of key factors that influence the overall cost of the window replacement. The main factors involved are the materials used, the style of window selected, the age of your home, as well as design choices. The full breakdown of each of these is below.
The materials you choose have an impact on the overall cost. The cheapest material you can use for your window frames is aluminum, which will cost between $75 and $400 for a set of frames. The most expensive is a fiberglass window frame, which comes to somewhere between $500 and $1,500.
The range of costs are as follows:
|Vinyl||$100 - $900|
|Wood||$150 - $1,300|
|Fiberglass||$500 - $1,500|
|Aluminum||$75 - $400|
|Composite||$300 - $1,200|
Vinyl is by far the most common type of window frame to choose from, as it is a lightweight and sturdy material, representing good value for money. However, increasingly, homeowners are favoring either aesthetic considerations, using materials such as wood, or energy efficiency with materials such as fiberglass, or composite frames. There are financial knock-ons from each of these, including the potential savings from conserving energy in your home.
The size of your home
Your energy expenditure
The type of materials you’ll need
Style of Window
The actual style of the window also plays a major role in determining the price. Window style refers to the shape of the window frame and the manner in which it opens. The most typical window style is a single-hung window, or a sliding or folding window. Basic storm windows are the cheapest options, coming in at $50 for the simplest models.
The most expensive option – unsurprisingly – is a custom window, which can run to almost any cost, depending on your specifications. If you’re installing bay windows, you can also expect a hefty bill, although luckily, this window style is not especially common when it comes to basements.
The below table breaks down the costs involved for different styles of windows.
|Double-Hung||$150 - $650|
|Single-Hung||$100 - $400|
|Fixed and Picture||$65 - $700|
|Casement||$150 - $1,000|
|Sliding or Folding||$150 - $800|
|Storm||$50 - $300|
|Bay and Bow||$600 - $4,500|
Age of Home
The age of your home is also a critical factor, as it shapes how difficult the replacing of windows will be. For example, if your home is 70 years old or more, you can take all of the above prices and double them. Instead of being between $200 and $1,800, therefore, your price range will be somewhere between $400 and $3,600.
There are additional design choices you can make when it comes to your replacement windows. In many of these cases, the design choices reflect upgrades, rather than simple replacements. The cost for them is outlined below.
Again, you’ll need to consider your budget when making these design choices.
A discussion with a contractor will allow you to work out what the actual costs will be, as well as allow you to calculate any resultant savings (such as costs from reduced heating bills). .
In general, however, the more work you can ‘bundle’ together, the cheaper each individual part of the process will be. In addition, the longer you plan on staying in your home, the more you will be able to recoup the costs of an update such as this.
the decision to replace your basement windows is a financial one. Using the above guide, you will have a sense of whether it’s right for you and your home. However, you should also think about it as an investment. Improving the livability of your house (and your basement) is not just something that you can enjoy while you live there, but something that future residents will enjoy. This will be reflected in the value of your home.
Although it is difficult to quantify, every dollar you spend on the upkeep and improvement of your home will have a knock-on effect on the resale value of your house. This may make it easier to justify any expenditure, even if you’re not planning on reselling your home anytime soon.
When you do decide to start getting quotes
for replacement basement windows, you should aim to get quotes from at least three providers in your local area. Ensure that these are reputable companies by checking reviews or ask for referrals from friends or colleagues.