Installed vinyl window cost ranges from $150 to more than $2,000 per window based on many cost factors. They include window type, size, extras and brand. Who installs the windows affects cost too.
The average vinyl window cost for the most popular sizes and types is $535 for an installed window.
This table lists vinyl window prices for each window style.
|Window Type||Sizes WxH||Window Only||Installed Cost (Inc. Labor)||Ave. Installed Cost*|
|Single-hung||14×23 to 54×78||$70 – $1,200||$150 – $1,400||$465|
|Double-hung||14×23 to 54×66||$125 – $1,750||$210 – $2,000||$550|
|Casement||14×17 to 36×72||$185 – $1,050||$280 – $1,300||$615|
|Awning||17×14 to 60×36||$175 – $915||$260 – $1,130||$580|
|Sliding/Gliding||22×12 to 76×72||$95 – $1,475||$180 – $1,700||$600|
|Fixed||18×18 to 72×72||$50 – $965||$130 – $1,150||$495|
|Bay/Bow||60×42 to 90×60||$775 – $2,950||$990 – $3,300||$1,775|
Pricing for those series can only be obtained through in-home estimates.
Some brands, like Ply Gem, call their vinyl windows PVC (polyvinyl chloride) windows.
Vinyl Window Cost Factors
Cost factors are considered in three categories: window factors, accessories and installation.
- Window Quality: PVC windows range from average to very good quality. National vinyl window brands considered to have the best quality are Pella, Jeld-Wen, Milgard, Ply Gem, Simonton (a Ply Gem brand) and MI (made for CertainTeed).
Brands often make several grades of vinyl windows. Pella, for example, produces Encompass by Pella (basic quality), 250 Series (better) and 350 Series (best).
- Pre-made vs Semi-custom Windows: This factor overlaps with quality. Home improvement stores sell pre-made vinyl windows in a limited range of common sizes. They tend to be builder-grade or “Basic” quality. Your other option is to order semi-custom windows in the sizes and with the features you want.
Most semi-custom or made-to-order windows are offered in size increments of 1/8” for the best fit. Then, you can select from a menu of options including color, hardware, glazing (glass), grilles, etc.
- Window Size: Each window style is made in a unique set of sizes, as seen in the summary table above. Note that the largest awning windows are smaller than the largest casement windows, though in other ways they’re very similar. This is because awning windows open out and up, and the hardware can’t support as much weight.
- Window Type: Fixed windows, aka picture windows, have no moving parts, so starting cost is lowest. From that starting point, cost rises with the amount of material used, hardware and the labor required to build the windows. Note: Costs by Window Type can be viewed under the Window Prices tab at the top of this page.
- Glazing: Most vinyl windows are built with low-E, double-pane glass. Cost is higher for windows with improved energy efficiency, premium glass such as climate-specific glass, tempered/shatter-proof glass, tinted or obscured glass and triple-pane glass. Our replacement window ratings article will help you understand ratings and more.
- New vs Replacement windows: New windows are designed for new construction but can be installed if the siding on the house has been removed for remodeling. They are easier to install, so labor cost is lower.
Most window extras apply to made-to-order windows.
- Color: Most vinyl windows are white, but some window series offer other colors on the interior, exterior or both. As an example, Milgard Tuscany vinyl window series offers White, Tan and Clay interiors and 11 exterior colors.
- Hardware: Depending on the window series, it might offer two to six or more hardware type and color options. The Pella 350 Series hardware is available in three styles and five finishes.
- Grilles: Pre-made windows either have no grilles or very basic styles. Semi-custom windows typically include a handful of options for grille patterns and profiles.
- Screens: Better grades of PVC windows offer screen options such as standard screens and those that minimize obscuring the view. Screen color and screen frame color might also be an option.
Window Installation Cost Factors
DIY vs Pro Installation: Window installers charge $100 to $225 for most windows, much more for bay and bow assemblies. If you’re handy and experienced, then there are savings to enjoy.
However, if the windows are not properly installed, problems ranging from warped or broken frames to air gaps and poor efficiency can occur.
Bad installation might also void the warranty, as Pella shouts in its vinyl window warranty: “FAILURE TO COMPLY WITH PELLA INSTALLATION AND MAINTENANCE INSTRUCTIONS VOIDS ALL WARRANTIES.”
Most vinyl window warranties have similar wording.
Who You Hire: Window specialists and home remodeling companies charge higher rates than handyman services, but you might get better results too.
If you buy semi-custom windows from one of the major brands, the manufacturer might require you to hire an installer certified by that brand or risk voiding the warranty.
Vinyl Window Cost by Brands
The following table shows cost ranges from some of the top national brands.
|Vinyl Window||Pella||Ply Gem||Simonton||Milgard||MI||Jeld-Wen|
|Single-hung||$155 – $1,200||$150 – $1,135||$125 – $1,100||$90 – $1,035||$75 – $785||$70 – $900|
|Double-hung||$180 – $1,750||$165 – $1,585||$150 – $1,395||$140 – $1,375||$140 – $1,165||$125 – $1,045|
|Casement||$210 – $1.050||$190 – $880||$200 – $910||N/A||$185 – $880||$185 – $815|
|Awning||$205 – $915||$200 – $940||$185 – $925||N/A||$195 – $900||$175 – $885|
|Sliding/Gliding||$170 – $1,475||$180 – $1,300||$180 – $1,085||$175 – $995||$115 – $755||$95 – $725|
|Fixed||$80 – $965||$65 – $910||$60 – $930||$70 – $900||$50 – $700||$60 – $675|
|Bay/Bow||$995 – $2,950||$800 – $3,000||$850 – $2,665||$800 – $2,495||$810 – $2,200||$775 – $2,365|
Tips for Finding the Best Window Prices
We recommend shopping around for cost.
If you’re buying pre-made windows, visit several home improvement and building supply stores. Look for sales.
When you’ll be installing made-to-order windows, get estimates from several local companies that know you’re receiving multiple bids.
The table below shows that homeowners pay different prices for the same windows. The window sizes aren’t known, and that likely accounts for some of the difference. But window contractor plays a major part in total cost too.
|Windows||# of Windows||Total Cost||
Cost per Window
|Homeowner 1||Simonton 550||11||$3,300||$300|
|Homeowner 2||Simonton 550||42||$24,000||$571|
Getting estimates can be time-consuming. Rather than calling window companies at random, it’s better to ask friends and neighbors for suggestions. Check Google reviews, the BBB and other reviews.
Then, call the most qualified contractors to ask for a visit. Discuss your options, and get written estimates to compare.
If you’d like to expedite the process, our Free Cost Quotes service is ideal. When you fill out a quick form, you’ll get estimates from pre-screened, licensed window contractors in your area.
There is no charge or obligation. We still recommend you check reviews and references to determine which window installer is the best qualified.
And once you have your windows installed, please feel free to submit your purchase information for the benefit of other readers!