The 10 Most Expensive Types of Windows and What They Cost

Egress Window

Air is necessary for our survival; hence every building will incorporate various ways to ensure ventilation. The most common method of providing air circulation is through windows, and each homeowner will choose from different types of windows depending on the structure of the house and the personal preference. Among the most expensive types of windows one can choose from, the top ten include:

10. Specialty windows – $400 – $700

A regular-shaped window will cost less than those that come in a variety of shapes, better known as specialty windows. Different shapes have different costs although the amount you spend will depend on the size of the window, the complexity of the design as well as materials used. For instance, Mr.Rogers estimates circle top windows to be the cheapest at a range of $250-$750 while round windows have a starting price of $450 for wood and fiberglass and $350 for vinyl. Oval windows will go for $400-$700 while triangle and octagon windows cost from $325 and $300 respectively.

9. Sliding windows – $400 – $1200

The cost of sliding windows depends on the material used, and according to RemodelingExpense, a basic fiberglass sliding windows installation will cost you $318 while the best go for $606. The cost of aluminum sliding windows, on the other hand, tends to be from $400 to $1,200 per window, while installing vinyl sliding windows costs around $752.

8. Picture windows – $420 and up

Modernize describes picture windows as large windows with a single glass pane that is not divided by any lines to provide a clear, unaltered view, and can’t be opened. They enable natural sunlight to flood your living area while allowing you to enjoy the natural surroundings at the comfort of your home. The cost also depends on the material with vinyl offering the most affordable but unappealing option, aluminum providing you with both durability and attractiveness while wood has an aesthetic appeal but is not durable. The average cost of installing a picture window replacement is between $420 and $760, per window, exclusive of labor costs which average $38 per hour.

7. Glass block windows – $38 an hour

Modernize averages the cost of installing replacement glass block windows at between $400 and $1,100, exclusive of labor costs that may reach $38 per hour. Glass windows are mostly used in the bathroom for that elegant look while also offering lots of privacy. Besides installing them in bathrooms, glass block windows can be used in basements for additional security since they are thick.

6. Skylight windows – $450 – $1500

Fixr estimates the cost of installing skylight windows to between $450 and $1,500, but the amount depends on the style you prefer. The cost can be broken down into three types of skylights among which is the tubular skylights that cost $150 to $600 while the installation cost range from $300 to $700. Fixed skylights cost $200, at least, while labour costs are between $400 and $1,300 per window. Vented skylights are the most expensive with a price tag of $300 to $1,200 while installing them will cost you $1,000 to $4000.

5. Garden windows – $800 – $1200

HomeAdvisor averages the cost of garden windows at between $500 and $2,400 with the amount going upwards and downwards depending on materials used. Vinyl windows tend to be the cheapest starting at $500, and it covers for the lack of aesthetic appeal with its low maintenance and durability. Aluminum garden windows start from $800 with the largest going for $2,000, but since they do not retain heat, they are only ideal for warmer climates. Wooden garden windows are the most expensive with a starting price of $1,000 and can go as high as $4,000. They also demand proper care to prevent termites.

4. Casement windows – $650 – $1480

Fixr estimates the average of fitting a casement window at $1,480 with the amount varying depending on materials used, size of windows, labor rate of the state as well as the decorative finish in the window frame. Two vinyl windows will cost around $650 each as part of replacing a casement window, but if it is upgrading, the cost is $540. Labor costs are divided into two; removing and replacing. Removing goes for $30 per hour while replacement costs $38 per hour.

3. Bow Windows – $1,500-$3,000

Bow Window Prices estimates the price of bow windows at a range of $1,500 to $3,000, but the amount all depends on the number of windows involved such that if they are above 6, then the amount will be more than $3,000. Other factors affecting price are the materials used; therefore if you prefer vinyl frame using three windows, then the price will be $1,500 to $2,500. However, if you opt for fiberglass or aluminum frame, the price shoots up to between $2,500 and $3,500. The most expensive option comes with using at least five windows that combine aluminum flashing exterior trim work and bottom sill pan that will cost $3,500 to $6,000.

2. Bay Window $2,000 – $8,000

According to UPVC Windows Fitted, installing a new bay window will have you parting with at least $2,000 and at most $8,000, depending on the type of glazing and frame used. Bay windows are especially useful for creating additional seating and storage space. Moreover, since they extend outwards, they enable a better view of the outdoor environment from different angles. Bay windows are available in various type such as bowing, circle, boxed, integral and free standing. The only disadvantage of bay windows is that you must have the right quality of materials to avoid structural problems in future and your home must have the basic structure to fit in the windows.

1.Egress Windows – $2,356 – 4,935

HomeAdvisor defines egress as a building term code that applies to the ability to exit a room in the case of emergencies such as fires. An egress window is, therefore, one that facilitates the compliance of this code. Although size depends on the state and municipality, the International Residential Code follows the criteria that windows should be at least 20 inches wide and 24 inches high while the maximum sill height above the floor should be 44 inches. Cost of installation depends on the need to excavate and the number of windows; however the amount ranges from $2,356 to $4,935.


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