The average installed cost of hurricane windows is $62 per square foot, or about $1,085 per window for the most popular size.
Hurricane window cost starts at about $325 for small fixed windows and exceeds $2,000 for large windows that open.
There are many factors that determine cost of hurricane windows, and they are all explained below. Reading the cost factors will help you estimate what your impact window prices will be. By the way, these windows are also called hurricane resistant windows, hurricane impact windows and impact windows.
What’s In This Hurricane Window Cost Guide?
Here’s what you’ll find.
- An Overview Table of hurricane window prices by style
- An explanation of Hurricane Impact Window Cost Factors
- Vinyl vs Aluminum
- Hurricane Window Pros and Cons
- Best Hurricane Window Brands and Costs
- How to Get the Best Price on Hurricane Windows
Overview Table: Hurricane Window Prices by Style
As you know, you’ve got a range of styles to consider. For example, PGT, one of the leading hurricane window brands makes Single-hung, Double-hung, Casement, Awning, Horizontal Roller (sliding/gliding), Picture (fixed) and Architectural (fixed shapes).
Here are average window costs and installed costs. As you’ll see, installation labor for hurricane resistant windows runs about $85 to $400 per window. Sliding glass door units cost more to install.
Price ranges vary so much because the range of window sizes varies by window style.
Hurricane Window Cost Factors
Knowing how hurricane windows are priced will help you determine ballpark costs before the challenge of getting hurricane window cost estimates from local installers, plus it’s also good to have an idea of factors to consider when choosing a local window contractor.
There are window factors and installation factors:
Window Cost Factors
- Style of the Window: Fixed windows, such as picture and architectural windows, cost less to manufacture than windows with moving parts. The table above shows how style affects cost.
- Size of the Window: Obviously, within any style, the larger it is, the more it will cost. Price rises a little exponentially. For example, a 2×4 window has 8 square feet of glass. Double each length to 4×8, and the window has 4 times the amount of glass, or 32 square feet.
- Frame Material: Vinyl hurricane window cost averages 25% higher per window than aluminum hurricane window prices.
- Window Construction: Most hurricane resistant windows feature two planes of glass with a layer of material between them that improves strength and makes them resistant to shattering. Three materials or combinations are used:
- Polyvinyl butyral (PVB) is the most affordable type.
- This with a layer of ethylene-vinyl acetate (EVA) between the glass cost slightly more than PVB impact windows.
- Those with a layer of PVB strengthened with polyethylene terephthalate (PET) between windowpanes are stronger. These premium hurricane windows cost the most.
- Window Brand or Series: Some brands cost more than others. For example, PGT 400 windows are a more affordable option than PGT WinGuard, which is a premium hurricane impact window.
- Glass Choice and Treatments: The most affordable window choice is standard impact/tempered glass. Low-E (low emissivity) glass is an energy-efficient upgrade. Glass can be tinted to reduce glare and increase privacy.
- Accessories: You’ll have style and cost options for window hardware, color, trim, grilles (optional on some windows) and more.
- Permit Cost: Permit cost varies by city and county, but the differences are a small part of the total project cost.
Installation Cost Factors
- Window Size: Essentially, if a window is large enough to require two people for installation, cost will be on the high end.
- Window Shape: Rounded architectural window installation cost can be twice as high as for rectangular windows.
- New vs Replacement: Window installation goes much faster in new construction than in an existing home, so cost is lower.
- Stucco Repair: Many homes in hurricane zones have stucco siding. Often, the stucco around the window frame is damaged, even when installing replacement windows from inside the home. When a stucco specialist has to be called to repair the siding, it will add to cost.
- Lift Required: When a lift is needed to install windows above the first floor, rental or use cost will be added. It also takes longer to install a second-story (or above) window, so cost estimates are a little higher.
- Time of Year: Installers are busier, so costs are higher, during hurricane season – and especially if a hurricane or tropical storm is brewing out at sea.
Vinyl vs Aluminum
We mentioned your two primary material options for hurricane-proof windows: Vinyl and aluminum. There are advantages and disadvantages to each.
- Pro’s and con’s of aluminum hurricane windows: They cost about 25% less than vinyl. They are lighter, so installation cost is sometimes lower. On the downside, they allow heat transfer, and this will lead to higher air conditioner costs. Secondly, if the paint or coating on the frame is damaged by flying debris, the bare aluminum will show through and require touching up.
- Pro’s and con’s of Vinyl hurricane windows: The higher window cost is the worst part of vinyl. From there, it’s all good. Vinyl is better insulated, so should lower energy costs by 3%-6% compared with aluminum. Vinyl frames are the same color all the way through, so if the frame is scratched or gouged, the material beneath will be the same color. The damage will be less visible.
Hurricane Window Pros and Cons
We should state first that you might not have an option on whether you install hurricane windows. They are mandated in many areas such as high-velocity hurricane zones (HVHZ).
When you have the choice, these pros and cons will help you decide whether to buy them or standard windows.
Pros: Here’s what you’ll like about hurricane impact windows.
- Rated for winds up to 200 mph.
- If they do break, they’ll do so “safely” without shattering and scattering shards of lethal glass.
- You have a good selection of styles, sizes, features, glass packages and even colors.
- Because of their construction, they reduce sound from outside.
- Homes with impact windows have lower insurance costs.
- The impact windows also prevent home break-ins and invasion.
Cons: There are a few negatives.
- They cost more than standard windows, and there’s a possibility you’ll spend the money and never need them, especially where hurricanes and tropical storms are less frequent.
- Because of the inner layer of strengthening material, visibility out the window can be slightly altered.
- Beefy hurricane window frames can also be larger than standard window frames reducing the window area by an inch or so on each side.
Best Hurricane Window Brands and Costs
Here is a list of the top hurricane resistant window brands and series. The table that follows shows average installed costs for their windows.
|Brand||Average Installed Cost|
- Andersen Stormwatch Coastal Windows – An industry leader in residential windows and doors, Andersen offers hurricane impact windows too.
- CGI Sentinel Impact Resistant Windows – Take a tour of the CGI factory and watch a cannon test to simulate the impact of a wind-driven 2×4.
- Loewen StormForce Windows – These windows and doors are built for maximum coastal protection.
- Pella HurricaneShield Impact Resistant Windows – One of the industry’s most respected brands, Pella, can protect your home in coastal hurricane zone climates too.
- PGT WinGuard Impact Resistant Windows – PGT is one of the largest and highest rated hurricane windows made today and located in South Florida.
- Simonton StormBreaker Windows – They are available in an excellent range of styles for windows and doors.
- Weather Shield Hurricane Impact Windows – Weather Shield covers all the bases including impact, solar, security and sound.
Most of these windows have passed the ASTM/E1886/E1996 large missile test. See for yourself from this video just how rugged they are!
They also meet the AAMA standards for High Velocity Hurricane Zones, Miami-Dade, and Broward County specifications for the Florida Building Commission and the Texas Department of Insurance evaluation for the Texas Coast.
How to Get the Best Price on Hurricane Windows
There are a few things you can do to get the best price on windows. Reading this hurricane window price guide was a great first step! Here are two more:
- Continue to educate yourself by knowing your options. Review some of the manufacturer sites linked to above. Browse window styles and feature options. When you understand the product you’re buying, you have the power in the discussion.
- When you decide to get prices, request estimates from several local installers. Most will carry two or three window brand options. At least will probably be from the list above.
This table shows what can happen when you get estimates – potentially lower costs!
|Example 1||Windows||# of Windows||Total Spent||Cost per Window|
|Homeowner 1||PGT WinGuard||11||$14,729||$1,339|
|Homeowner 2||PGT WinGuard||14||$13,748||$982|
|Homeowner 1||Weather Shield||16||$21,632||$1,352|
|Homeowner 2||Weather Shield||13||$14,820||$1,140|
While we can’t be sure of the window sizes and types, most homes use a range of both.
Having a good idea what you want and then getting several estimates for those windows will pay off for you too.