Replacement Window Costs and Ideas to Use Stained Glass Replacement windows come in a wide variety of costs, but usually a new window can cost anywhere from $150 to $700 per window, depending on many things.  Factors contributing to the costs include window size, frame materials and glass options.  Another factor in the cost is the method of replacement; do-it-yourself or hiring a contractor. Listed below are some things to think about when ordering replacement windows.

Replacement Window Costs and Ideas to Use Stained Glass | Replacement Window Costs and Ideas to Use Stained Glass

Costs of replacement window frame materials

Window frames can be made from several different materials.  The type of material used will be a factor in the cost of the replacement windows.  The least expensive and most popular material is vinyl. Vinyl is so popular because it is relatively inexpensive, can be molded to any shape, and is a non-conductor, which means that heat does not travel well through it, making the material energy efficient. It is also a low maintenance material, easy to clean and weather resistant. The next most common material is wood.  Wood is naturally insulating, and therefore just as energy efficient as vinyl.  One of the drawbacks to wooden frames is that they are not as easy to shape as vinyl, and they require a bit more maintenance to keep looking new.

Other materials used for window frames are much more expensive and not used nearly as often. Those materials are aluminum, wood clad with vinyl or aluminum, fiberglass and steel.  Steel is rarely used in residential homes, but is used commercially. The starting price for an average-sized, basic, vinyl replacement window is about $180.

Costs of replacement window glass materials

There are many options in the glass you choose for your replacement windows.  Windows are no longer just a single pane of glass.  All new windows are double-paned, and from there, you can add energy saving features at an additional cost. One option available is adding a third pane of glass. Another energy saving feature is adding argon or krypton gas in between the panes for added insulation. There are also a variety of coatings and glazes that can be applied to the glass.  All of these features increase energy efficiency, but also increase the cost.  In the end, the cost of replacement windows can be as inexpensive or as expensive as you choose for it to be.

Particularly if you have an older home, say pre-1940, stained glass may be a window replacement idea worth looking into.  Many older homes were equipped with stained glass windows, which may have been removed over the years.  Replacing these windows is a good way to restore some of the historical integrity to your home.  And, stained glass windows are not as hard to find as one may think.  There are companies dedicated to custom designing these windows, some manufacturers sell a line of stained glass (called "art glass"), or, if you prefer, you can even find incredible deals at flea markets or antique stores.

Cost of replacement stained glass windows

As with any window, there is a large price range for stained glass. The cost of these replacement windows depends on several things; where it is purchased, the size of the window, and who will be installing it. One stained glass company says, "We can make these any size, shape or color." Their prices seem reasonable, from $100 per pane up to $500 or $600, much less than you would expect to pay. On this site, the prices are based on the design of window chosen, but things like framing material and size may add to the cost.

Budget-friendly alternatives to stained glass replacement windows

If the cost of having stained glass replacement windows is not something you are willing to pay, there are some easier, more budget-friendly options. These options are not quite the same, but will achieve a similar affect without the cost.  One of these alternatives is window film, a clingy plastic that can be printed with almost any design. If all you are looking for is the look of stained glass, this is a great choice, and is the most inexpensive option. Another option is a type of window in which the design is painted on an acrylic sheet with acrylic paint then applied to the window.

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