Sliding, Slider and Gliding Windows Cost for Install & Replacement

We’ve compiled sliding and gliding window prices in the table below for an overview of accurate costs for these windows by frame material and whether they’re pre-made or custom-made windows. Our goal is to assist you in researching window prices, so we’ve completed guides for all window types including Single-hung Windows, Double-hung Windows, Casement Windows, Fixed Windows and Bay Windows.

Sliding, Slider and Gliding Windows Features and Options

The terms sliding and gliding are interchangeable, and we use both here. Pella and Jeld-Wen are among the major brands that call them sliding windows. Andersen and other brands use the term gliding windows. Milgard opts for the name horizontal sliders.

All those terms refer to windows that open horizontally. Single sliding windows have one sash that opens, and both right-hand and left-hand opening windows are made. Double sash sliding and gliding windows feature two movable sashes of ventilation options.

Both pre-made and custom sliding and gliding windows are available.

Standard sliding and gliding windows are manufactured in a range of popular sizes and sold online or in home improvement and builders supply stores. These pre-made windows offer limited choices for frame material, color/finish, glass and accessories. All national brands and many regional brands make lines of standard gliding windows in good and better series.

Custom sliding windows aren’t built until you order them online, from chain stores or local window and door stores. In terms of quality, the series are better and best. Custom gliding windows offer you a much wider spectrum of sizes, materials and accessories. Once ordered, expect the windows to be ready in three to six weeks.

Your range of gliding window options includes:

  • Materials — Sliding window frames are manufactured in aluminum ($-$$$), which is primarily used in coastal regions, vinyl ($-$$$$), wood composite ($$-$$$$), fiberglass ($$-$$$$) wood ($$-$$$$$) and several species of wood with vinyl-clad or aluminum-clad exteriors ($$-$$$$$). Buying tip: Andersen Fibrex is a type of wood composite, and it is used on several Andersen Window lines including the popular 100 Series, E Series and Renewal by Andersen.
  • Color and Finish — Vinyl and fiberglass are produced in one to ten colors depending on the window brand and series. Composite and solid wood can be ordered bare or primed for you to stain or paint or prefinished in a range of stain colors. Most wood window series are built with aluminum or vinyl exterior cladding offered in 30+ colors. The cladding gives the wood excellent weather protection.
  • Locks and hardware — Vinyl-coated and powder-coated hardware is made in several colors; metal hardware choices include chrome, gold, brass, bronze and other metals in a range of finishes from polished to brushed.
  • Glass, Grilles and Screens — Window glass is often called glazing, and it is available in single, double and triple pane options. Energy efficient, low-E glass packages are made for the climate demands of various regions of the country. Tinted, textured, tempered and shatterproof glass is available too. You have a choice of grille styles or grille-free windows and several screen options.

While custom windows can be made beyond these parameters, most sliding and gliding windows fall into these ranges:

  • Width: 11.5” to 84”
  • Height: 21.5” to 72”

Keep the wide range of sliding window sizes in mind as you browse the pricing table below.

Shopping tip: Most brands also make 3-panel sliding/gliding windows. The middle panel is a fixed pane/window. The panels on either end are movable. Pricing for those windows is usually 30% to 50% higher than for standard 2-panel sliding windows.

Pros and Cons of Sliding/Gliding Windows

Gliding windows are easy to open and close when the tracks are clean, and they offer decent ventilation. Sliding window prices are lower than most other types of windows of the same material, quality and accessories. Since they don’t open out like casement and awning windows, sliding windows are suitable for facing walkways, porches, patios and decks.

On the other hand, slider windows don’t lock as snug as crank windows, so can be drafty, especially as they get older. The sash frames in the middle of the window area obscure the view like single-hung and double-hung windows do, and unlike casement and awning windows. The tracks must be kept clean for smooth operation and to allow rainwater to empty through the track’s drain holes.

Gliding & Sliding Window Prices 2022

This table shows your options sliding window prices for premade and custom windows, sold separately or as part of a package that includes installation. These are single-window prices; gliding windows can also be made in assemblies with a movable window or windows in an assembly with one or more fixed windows, for example.

Notes: Some materials are only available by custom order. This means the windows are not produced until an order is placed. See the explanation below.

A few of the prices have “+” signs after them. This means prices have risen significantly this year, and we expect the upwards trend might continue. These window lines are the most vulnerable to rising costs. Window manufacturers, like all others, are seeing costs rise due to increases in wholesale materials, shortages and higher labor costs.

Window Type Supply Only Supply & Installed
Standard Vinyl $175 – $920 $290 – $1,200
Custom Vinyl $290 – $1,665 $450 – $1,925
Standard Aluminum $160-$875 $315 – $1,100
Custom Aluminum $220-$1,080 $400 – $1,235+
Standard Composite $340 – $1,500 $525 – $1,860
Custom Composite $525 – $1,795 $700 – $2,000+
Standard Fiberglass  $325 – $1,680  $510 – $1,900+
Custom Fiberglass  $500 – $1,915  $695 – $2,285+
Standard Wood $440 – $2,075 $875 – $2,300+
Custom Wood  $550 – $2,500  $980 – $2,800+
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Standard vs Custom Windows

By “Standard” windows, we mean those you can buy “off the shelf” at Home Depot, Lowes or other building supply stores. They come in a limited range of sizes and options for glass, hardware and other choices.

“Custom” windows are windows that are not manufactured until you place an order for them. This gives you the full range of choices for size, color, hardware, grilles, screens, etc. When you are working with a range of standard sizes, the windows might be referred to as “semi-custom” windows. When windows are made in non-standard sizes, usually in older homes with odd window openings, then the windows are truly custom.

Factors that Affect Sliding/Gliding Window Costs

Apart from the variables covered above, there are three factors to consider when hiring a window installer.

First, replacement windows take longer to install than new-construction windows.

Secondly, the time of year that you order your windows and have them installed could affect sliding window prices. The most competitive estimates in cold areas of the country are given in early spring and late fall when window installers are hungry for work. Window manufacturers often put their windows on sale at these times. In warm climates, it is usually the winter months when installers aren’t as busy and want business to keep their crews working.

Finally, who you hire to install windows is very important. While a handyman service might offer window installation, it is important to hire an installer that is experienced and one that is licensed and insured for your protection. If the work is done poorly, repair and replacement costs will erase any savings you enjoyed.

If you’re working with a general contractor on a major remodeling project, the GC can hire the installers, but you’re paying the general contractor for that service, and you don’t control who does the work.

A proven strategy for getting quality installation for a good price is to request estimates from several prescreened installers who are licensed and insured. If they know they’re competing for the work, they will give you their very best sliding and gliding window installation estimates.

Sliding Window Brands and Prices

Here are popular sliding window lines from major manufacturers along with costs.
This table shows a lot of data: Brands > Brand Series such as Andersen 400 Series > Material the sliding/gliding window is produced in such as wood, vinyl or fiberglass > Average Installed Cost.

Sliding Window Cost & Prices by Brand
Brand Series Material Average Installed Cost
Andersen E-Series Wood $2,900
400 Series Wood $1,250
200 Series Wood $1,040
100 Series Composite (Fibrex) $995
Renewal by Andersen Composite (Fibrex) $1,180
Pella Impervia Fiberglass $1,775
Hurricane Shield Vinyl $1,290
Defender Vinyl $1,145
250 Series Vinyl $1,50
Encompass by Pella Vinyl $875
Jeld Wen Custom Wood Wood $2,750
Siteline Wood $2,365
Premium Atlantic Vinyl $1,185
V-4500 Vinyl $1,100
W-2500 Wood $1,015
Brickmould Vinyl $990
Builders V-2500 Vinyl $970
Builders Atlantic Aluminum $945
Marvin Ultimate Wood $2,865
Elevate Wood/Fiberglass $2,290
Esssential Fiberglass $1,550
Coastal Aluminum $1,190
Ply Gem East Premium Vinyl $1,255
East 2000 Series Vinyl $1,185
1500 Series Vinyl $1,075
1100 Series Vinyl $1,025
West 400 Series Vinyl $995
West Pro 200 Series Vinyl $965
East Pro Series Vinyl $950
4800 Series Aluminum $1,045
4700 Series Aluminum $1,020
3700 Series Aluminum $950
Alside Sheffied Vinyl $1,420
UltraMaxx Vinyl $1,370
Mezzo Vinyl $1,225
Fairfield 80 Vinyl $1,160
Fairfield 70 Vinyl $1,135
UltraMaxx Vinyl $1,050
Fusion Vinyl $1,000
Champion Champion/Comfort 365 Vinyl $925
Milgard Tuscany V400 Vinyl $1,465
Trinsic V300 Vinyl $1,390
Style Line V250 Vinyl $1,235
Ultra C650 Fiberglass $1,485
A250 Aluminum $940
Quiet Line (Discontinued) N/A
Simonton Impressions 9800 Vinyl $1,275
Asure Vinyl $1,135
Verona Vinyl $990
Reflections Vinyl $900
StormBreaker Plus Vinyl $1,185
Daylight Max Vinyl $825
ProFinish Brickmould 600 Vinyl $780
MI / CertainTeed 3580 Vinyl $1,075
1630 Vinyl $910
1280 Vinyl $865
188 Aluminum $850
Harvey Harvey (Standard) Vinyl $1,200
Window World 4000 Series Vinyl $980
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