Window Replacement: How much and will it add value

Window Replacement: How much and will it add value

Is it time for replacement windows for your house? Window replacement cost in Ontario usually averages about $8,000 – $10,000 for a home with 10 windows, but the range is broad depending on a number of factors.

How Do I Know It’s Time to Replace My Windows

First, let’s talk about how to know when it’s time to replace your windows. There are a number of telltale signs that it’s time for a window replacement project:

  • Age of windows – windows start to degrade after about 10 years and should be evaluated regularly at that point
  • Window performance – Are your windows sticky or difficult to open and close? Do you see condensation building up in between the panes? Are you noticing drafts coming from cracks around the frame and seals?
  • Warped or cracked frames – When this happens water, air, and even insects can start to get inside. Check for water stains around the frame where moisture penetrated.
  • Increased energy bills – Older windows and doors are less energy efficient and may become ill-fitting over time causing your air conditioner and furnace to work harder to maintain indoor temperatures.
  • How they look – you may just want something new that matches your style and your home’s look better.

Replacement Window Costs

As mentioned above, the average cost for replacement windows in Ontario is $8,000 – $10,000 for a house with 10 windows. A lot of things can factor into that cost such as the size and type of window, level of insulation, and location.

Here’s a look at the price range for window installation based on the different types of windows from Home Depot.

Type of WindowPrice Range Per Window Installation
Double hung tilt$800 – $1,000
Double slider tilt$800 – $1,000
Awning$900 – $1,200
Casement$900 – $1,200
Bay$2,500 – $4,000
Bow$2,500 – $4,000

The Different Types of Windows

Double Hung
Double-hung windows have two sashes that can be opened vertically instead of just one. These windows are only slightly more expensive than a single-hung variety

Double Slider
These windows are similar to double-pane windows, but open horizontally with one movable sash sliding over another stationary pane.

An awning window opens from the bottom, swinging out, giving the appearance of an awning when opened.

Casement windows open similarly to awning windows, but on the side. They open with a crank and swing out to the right or left.

Bay windows are usually a series of three windows arranged so that they extrude from the house to form the shape of a bay.

Like bay windows, bow windows extend outward and add space to your home. They typically have four to five narrow panes.

Does Window Replacement Add Value to My House?

The short answer is yes, though you may not recoup the entire cost of the investment. A survey of realtors by HomeLight, found that homeowners replacing old windows recouped about 81% of their investment when selling.

That’s in addition to their own enjoyment and ensuring that aging windows don’t cost you a sale or lower your price. It’s definitely something buyers will notice and home inspectors as well. For a list of other things a home inspector may be looking for check out this pre-sale maintenance checklist.

We hope this insight into window replacement helps you decide if it’s a project you’re ready to take on. If you have any questions about windows, or other renovations that can help you get more profit from your sale, please get in touch. If you use our Property Concierge program, you won’t have to pay for those renovations until after you sell.