Windows Price Guide 2017

windows costs and prices in 2017Finding a price for new window replacement can be a difficult business. It can seem that no company is willing to offer even a ballpark estimate without carrying out a full quote.

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While we know this may be frustrating, there are so many factors that can affect the price of the materials and labour involved that it’s almost impossible to estimate without visiting your home.

However, we want to help!

We’ve done some research around the average cost of window replacements in today’s market to help you to at least make a start on a budget.

 

How much does it cost to replace windows in 2017?

upvc double glazing window pricesInstalling double glazing with uPVC frames throughout an average 3 bedroom house could cost between £3,000 to £5,000.

However, it’s not a question anyone can answer definitively without visiting your home and considering the style, size and type of windows you’re looking for. For example, triple glazing will add around 30% to the cost and opting for aluminium or timber frames will be more expensive again adding between 30-50% to the price.

Casement style windows are usually the lowest cost option with dual turn at the higher end of the price range.

In addition, any extra security features you would like will add to the price. The labour costs will also increase or decrease depending on which installer you speak to. This is why we recommend comparing multiple quotes from at least 2 or 3 installers. Then you will be able to see where the best value for money is. Get quotes from installers now.

Cost of Frame Materials

The material you choose for your windows will have a significant impact on the cost. We’ve put together some average prices for the supply and installation of windows by material to give you an indication of the difference in price you are looking at.

uPVC Windows

uPVC windows are generally the lowest cost option but this doesn’t necessarily mean they’re not the right choice for your home. High quality uPVC frames are easy to maintain with an occasional wipe down being all that’s needed to keep them looking their best. However, poor quality uPVC can warp over time so the absolute cheapest you can find may not be the best long term investment for your home.

Here are the average costs* for the supply and installation of uPVC framed double glazing.

Size of Window (mm) Price per uPVC Casement Window – Ground floor Price per uPVC Casement Window – Second floor
600 x 900 £500 – £600 £550 – £650
900 x 1200 £750 – £850 £1,550 – £1,650
1200 x 1200 £850 – £950 £1,750 – £1,850

Aluminium Windows

Aluminium frames are more expensive than uPVC but will provide your home with long lasting, durable and sleek looking windows. They offer more thermal efficiency than uPVC, have slimmer frames and require less maintenance than timber. Aluminium frames can also be supplied in a range of colours so they remain consistent with the look and style of your home.

Here are the average costs* for the supply and installation of aluminium framed double glazing.

Size of Window (mm) Price per Aluminium Casement Window – Ground floor Price per Aluminium Casement Window – Second floor
600 x 900 £550 – £600 £600 – £700
900 x 1200 £650 – £750 £700 – £800
1200 x 1200 £750 – £850 £850 – £950

Timber Windows

Timber frames are the most costly option but can add real value to your home, especially if you are conscious about the overall aesthetics. They provide a classic and elegant finish and are perfect if your home is if a particular period. Timber frames are available in either hardwood or softwood and in a range of finishes. It’s worth remembering that, in addition to their higher cost, they also require more ongoing maintenance than uPVC or aluminium.

Here are the average costs* for the supply and installation of timber framed double glazing.

Size of Window (mm) Price per Timber Casement Window – Ground floor Price per Timber Casement Window – Second floor
600 x 900 £850 – £950 £900 – £1,000
900 x 1200 £1,200 – £1,300 £1,300 – £1,400
1200 x 1200 £1,350 – £1,450 £1,400 – £1,500

*Please note that these figures are based on average costs for standard installations and are intended as a guide price only.

Cost of Window Types

The price of your windows will also depend on the style that you choose. Here are the average costs for a range of window styles in white uPVC frames with double glazing to give you a point of comparison to start from.

Casement Windows

Casement windows are one the most commonly found on homes because they offer a great deal of versatility. They can be fixed or can open from either the top , side or bottom and are available in sizes, materials and finishes to suit almost any purpose.

Size of Window (mm) Style Price per window (not including installation)
500 x 500 Fixed £150 – £200
1000 x 1000 Fixed £200 – £250
1200 x 1200 Fixed £250 – £300
500 x 500 1 Opener £250 – £300
1000 x 1000 1 Opener £275 – £325
1200 x 1200 1 Opener £350 – £400
500 x 500 French £450 – £500
1000 x 1000 French £500 – £550
1200 x 1200 French £525 – £575

Sash Windows

Sash windows are most commonly found on Georgian and Victorian homes and add a really distinctive, traditional look for your property. They are essentially panes of glass which open either horizontally or vertically and are typically fitted with timber frames.

Size of Window (mm) Price per window (not including installation)
500 x 500 £550 – £625
1000 x 1000 £650 – £725
1200 x 1200 £750 – £850

Tilt & Turn Windows

Tilt & Turn windows are a more modern solution as, unlike other types, they open inwards into the room so it’s easier to maintain them and ventilation is improved. The tilting feature also means that you have a great deal of flexibility when it comes to how widely you open them which is perfect for homes where safety of children is a concern.

Size of Window (mm) Price per window (not including installation)
800 x 800 £450 – £500
1000 x 1000 £500 – £550
1200 x 1200 £550 – £600

Bay Windows

A bay window protrudes out from the flat wall of a home and creates a bay area within the room. Today this type of window can be found in homes of all kinds and includes various design options such as box windows, circle bay windows, bow windows and oriel windows.

Size of Window (mm) Style Price per window (not including installation)
2400 x 1200 3 section £1,000 – £1,200
3000 x 1200 3 section £1,200 – £1,300
3000 x 1500 3 section £1,300 – £1,400
3000 x 1200 4 section £1,500 – £1,600
3600 x 1200 4 section £1,600 – £1,700
3600 x 1500 4 section £1,700 – £1,800
3600 x 1200 5 section £1,900 – £2,200
4000 x 1200 5 section £2,000 – £2,300
4000 x 1500 5 section £2,100 – £2,400

Bow Windows

Bow windows are a type of bay window that curves and adds a rounded aesthetic to the exterior of your home. curved bay windows, creating a rounded appearance on the outside of the home. A bow window is a great option is maximising light in your home is a priority.

Size of Window (mm) Style Price per window (not including installation)
2400 x 1200 3 section £1,100 – £1,200
3000 x 1200 3 section £1,200 – £1,300
3000 x 1500 3 section £1,300 – £1,400
3000 x 1200 4 section £1,500 – £1,600
3600 x 1200 4 section £1,600 – £1,700
3600 x 1500 4 section £1,700 – £1,800
3600 x 1200 5 section £1,900 – £2,100
4000 x 1200 5 section £2,000 – £2,200
4000 x 1500 5 section £2,100 – £2,300

Important things to remember…

What Should Your Quote Include?

The total price of your quote should include:

  • A full survey of your home
  • The window frames & external cill
  • Evidence of energy efficiency rating
  • Any security features
  • Glass panes (standard, toughened, obscured)
  • Handles
  • All installation / labour costs
  • Trims, fixings, silicones and sealants
  • Registration with industry body such as FENSA or Certass and relevant certification
  • Removal and disposal of your old windows

Measuring Up

When taking the measurements for your new windows remember to do so in millimetres (mm). Where possible you will need to measure the aperture or brickwork opening on the the outside of your property. Any windows above the ground floor will cost more to replace as the installer will need to use scaffolding to access them. It’s possible that an installer may offer a discount if you need more than 5 windows so if you’re having a total overhaul remember to ask the question!

Not sure how to measure your windows correctly? Take a look at our step by step guide to measuring your old windows for replacement.

Tough enough?

In order to comply with safety regulations, if the frame of your window is less than 800mm from the floor the glass installed will need to be ‘toughened’. This means it has been heated to a very high temperature and then cooled slowly. The result is that the glass is around 5 x stronger than standard glass and if broken will break into large chunks rather than shattering, reducing the likelihood of injury.

Double Glazing or Secondary Glazing?

If the cost of double glazing isn’t a realistic option for you, secondary glazing could be the next best option for you. This involves adding a second pane of glass to single glazing which is fitted on the inside of the window. It’s a cheaper choice and will reduce the heat loss and noise pollution associated with single glazing, but it’s not as effective as double glazing.

Don’t Make Decisions Under Pressure!

Before you begin inviting tradesmen or salesmen into your home it’s a very good idea to do your own research. Take a look around at the options on the market, ask friends and family for recommendations and possibly even neighbours with similar homes if they’ve had new windows installed recently. This will give you a great foundation so that you can give the installer a clear steer from the start as to what you’re looking for in terms of frame materials and style of windows.

To provide accurate quotes for your new windows the installers will need to visit your home. Don’t let any trader pressure you to agree to a quote based on ‘today only prices’. A reputable installer will provide their best quote and leave you to consider it. They should also be registered with FENSA or the GGF. Find local, reputable and qualified installers now.

Compare, Compare, Compare…Save!

We advise you get as many quotes as you can but it’s really important that you compare at least 2 to be sure you’re getting a competitive price. A very good tactic is to consider quotes from both a leading installer like Everest, Anglian or Safestyle against a local, independent trader. Remember to compare a like for like service so you can see the difference in costs and ask specific questions.

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