When you start shopping for the best price for new windows and doors, sometimes it might become quite a challenge. If you are not really into the windows market, you will be confused with the offers and pricing. However, when it comes to full-frame replacement or even retrofitting, the cheapest is never the best, and even a new window can be just a cosmetic solution.

In addition, you should definitely be aware of what you are spending your money on. Dealing with different windows companies means you get different quotes, efficiency, and quality. How to choose what you need while saving up some money? Let’s find out.

Cost of Windows Replacing: Ultimate Pricing Guide

If you are reading this, you are about to make some changes to your home interior by replacing the windows or upgrading the current ones. Foreseen is forearmed. That is why our experts have created for you a list of 8 crucial steps to determining the average cost of replacement windows in Canada.

  1. Installation type
  2. Number of Windows
  3. Location
  4. Location within the home
  5. Materials
  6. Size
  7. Double-Pane or Triple-Pane windows
  8. Window styles

Installation type

When it comes to windows replacement, you come across two main types of installation:

  • Full-frame installation: 

With a full-frame (tear-out) installation, your old window gets removed completely, down to the studs surrounding it. This allows the window installers to address any issues with moisture or rotting wood. Your custom window comes with new jambs, exterior brick moulds, and interior trim.

On average, full-frame replacement costs 10-15% more than a retrofit installation.

 

In a full-frame installation, the old window gets removed down to the studs.
In a full-frame installation, the old window gets removed down to the studs.

  • Retrofit installation

In a retrofit (insert) installation, new windows get inserted into your existing frames. The jambs also remain untouched. Aluminum capping is generally used on the outside to cover up rather than replace the existing brickmould.

A tear-out is required with most windows, which are completely damaged or too old to fix, as a retrofit would not resolve these problems, but merely be a cosmetic fix, which would not give you many benefits in the long-run. 

In a retrofit installation, new windows are inserted into your existing frames.
In a retrofit installation, new windows are inserted into your existing frames.

Number of windows

Pricing for new windows comes from several directions. First, consider the number of windows you want to replace. After understanding your needs, you will have a clear idea of how many units you are going to budget for. Depending on your existing windows’ age and condition, you may need to replace just a single window or several units. To get into details, make use of our
replacement cost estimator
.

*Note that the prices given in the table are approximate

Number of unitsapproximate price
1 - 5 windows$1,496 - $4,237
6 - 10 windows$4,973 - $7,823
16 - 21 windows$8,513 - $11,252
22 -27 windows$16,719 - $19,807
29 -35 windows$20,080 - $25,532

Location (house or apartment)

Where you live impacts the project cost. Do you need to install windows in a house or an apartment? While the house has more windows to replace, the apartments might not be that easily accessible. If you have your apartment located on the ground level or the first floor, the windows company might not charge you any additional installation fees. However, if it is the second floor or higher, replacing your windows will be a tough job demanding special equipment. If you live on the upper floors, it is even more challenging. Your windows may need to be replaced from the roof or inside the apartment (depends on the windows’ dimensions). 

Location within the home

The location within your home is also a significant factor, which impacts installation and unit cost. For example, a living room window will have greater square footage than a bathroom window; a bedroom window will have an opening mechanism, whereas a hall window may be a simple picture window without opening.

A handy tool for calculating how location affects the cost: consider your living room window to be sized as 100%. A kitchen window will then be about 60% of that; a medium bedroom window is 33%, and a small bathroom window is about 21% of the original size. See this laid out in the table below:

Window sizeSmallMediumLargeXL
Back$333 - $689$507 - $1,021$1,052 - $2,142$1,130 - $2,770
Basement$331 - $688$577 - $1,092$1,026 - $2,116n\a
Basement door$371 - $728n\an\an\a
Bathroom$436 - $792$687 - $1,201$1,282 - $2,371$1,496 - $3,137
Bedroom$383 - $798$664 - $1,282$991 - $2,186n\a
Bonus room$297 - $653$673 - $1,188$1,126 - $2,215$1,752 - $3,393
Closet$407 - $764$601 - $1,115n\an\a
Den$448 - $805$722 - $1,236$1,335 - $2,424n\a
Dining room$418 - $774$720 - $1,234$1,166 - $2,255$2,647 - $4,287
Ensuite$417 - $773$714 - $1,229$1,235 - $2,325n\a
Ensuite room$323 - $679$520 - $1,034$1,675 - $2,764$2,929 - $4,570
Family room$435 - $791$635 - $1,149$1,195 - $2,285$2,288 - $3,929
Foyer$362 - $718$737 - $1,252$826 - $1,915n\a
Front$497 - $853$570 - $1,084$1,214 - $2,303$1,224 - $2,865
Front door$370 - $727$890 - $1,405n\an\a
Game room$416 - $773$653 - $1,168$1,854 - $2,943n\a
Garage$328 - $684$492 - $1,007$777 - $1,866n\a
Hall$444 - $800$811 - $1,326$608 - $1,697$1,684 - $3,324
Hallway$410 - $767$567- $1,082$1,111 - $2,201$1,765 - $3,405
Kitchen$454 - $810$694 - $1,208$1,095 - $2,184$1,995 - $3,635
Laundry$454 - $810$694 - $1,208$1,095 - $2,184$1,995 - $3,635
Living room$407 - $763$630 - $1,145$1,319 - $2,408$2,134 - $3,774
Master bedroom$492 - $849$769 - $1,284$1,136 - $2,226$2,624 - $4,265
Office$452 - $808$662 - $1,177$1,137 - $2,226$3,140 - $4,780
Pantry$364 - $721n\an\an\a
Patio$452 - $808$746 - $1,260$1,485 - $2,574n\a

Materials

The materials you choose directly impact the quality of the final product and are crucial to longevity. Simply, you get what you pay for.

The average cost of vinyl windows is lower when compared to wood and aluminum but very high-performance. New manufacturing techniques have resulted in clean lines with easy-care finishes. Vinyl is very energy efficient and is often insulated with foam. It is both non-corroding and UV-resistant so its finish can be preserved. Colour customization is also available.

Vinyl (PVC; polyvinyl chloride) is a synthetic plastic polymer, which is created chemically. Vinyl is usually made in rigid and flexible forms. For it to become flexible, plasticizers are added to the compound. The “U” in UPVC stands for “unplasticized”. Although they are commonly referred to as PVC windows, most vinyl windows are in fact, made from UPVC. UPVC is not as flexible, more weather and fire-resistant, doesn’t deteriorate, warp, or discolour.

At Ecoline Windows, we believe that vinyl windows (PVC/UPVC) are the best option. They are energy efficient, low maintenance, and offer excellent longevity. 

Aluminum is the strongest and most durable of all window materials. Similar to vinyl, aluminum frames are a low-cost, low-maintenance option. It is usually insulated to stop moisture build-up and insulated to prevent heat loss.

Fibreglass can cost 25% more than vinyl windows, but is popular for its quality of replicating the look of real wood, but shedding the high maintenance of wood installations. Made from glass fibers and resin, it can be painted to match the exterior decor, is rot-resistant, is extremely strong, and is an excellent insulator.

Size

The size of existing openings in the walls will likely determine what size of windows you choose. Every window for every room has an average price range, from a small window to a large, throughout the house. 

*Note that the prices given in the table are approximate

smallmediumlargeXL
$449 - $1,454$621 - $2,840$1,153 - $2,432$1,950 - $3,960
min - maxmin - maxmin - maxmin - max

 

Take a look at our windows pricing guide as well here to match your needs with your budget.

Double-Pane or Triple-Pane windows

First things first. Triple-pane windows will cost you approximately 15% more than double-paned counterparts. You might think since triple-paned are more energy efficient and may reduce your heating bills, they will bring more profit in the long run. However, it all depends on your location and specific needs. Overall, though, due to their easier installation, excellent energy-efficiency, great noise reduction performance, and overall lower cost, we firmly believe that double-pane windows offer the best value for your money.

When going for the next replacement windows, ask your windows company to concentrate on high-quality double-pane products. Change the focus off of the panes and put it on the other characteristics of the windows like gas fill types, Low-E coatings, frame materials, glazing, and other options.

For more information on double-glazed and triple-glazed window replacement and installation costs, check our comparison guide.  

 

Double pane sealed window unit.
Double pane sealed window unit.
Triple pane sealed window unit.
Triple pane sealed window unit.

Window styles

When replacing your windows, you have an opportunity to choose a new product that brings expanded functionality into your home. For example, if a window opening overlooks a deck, you can select a style that doesn’t intrude into traffic areas: a slider that opens back and forth instead of outward.

Or choose an awning window for a kitchen, to better catch the breeze and supply ventilation. In both cases, look for modern, secure locking mechanisms to improve home security.

  • Single and double slider: the sash slides back and forth
  • Hung window: same as above, but vertical; the sash slides up and down
  • Awning window: the sash is hinged at the top and opens outward at the bottom with a crank and accordion opening mechanism.
  • Casement: this is the classic vertical window, designed like a door to open outwards.
  • Picture window: square or rectangular pane of glass, commonly large, as in a residential living room window. As a rule, picture windows can be opened.
  • Custom windows: windows can be manufactured to get unique configurations. 

For sure all this affects the price. Want to get an approximate quote?   Here is a breakdown of how we price our windows. The average price range is based on minimum and maximum window sizes:

*Note that the prices given in the table are approximate

LocationCASEMENTAWNINGSINGLE SLIDER – TILTSINGLE HUNGFIXED CASEMENT(Fixed)PICTUREPATIO DOOR
Basement$535 – $1,022$471 – $1,114$394 – $1,057n\a$395 – $1,651$315 – $1,518n\a
Bathroom$446 - $1,032$432 - $943$394 - $1,033$95 - $1,500$542 - $643$388 – $1,242n\a
Bedroom$444 - $1,193$893 - $909$437 - $1,521$587 - $2,115$668 - $1,230$226 – $2,324$1,747 – $2,882
Bonus room$676 - $1,134$494 - $944$820 - $1,248$634 - $1,374$708 - $1,116$420 – $2,305n\a
Dining room$550 - $1,348$843 - $1,429$669 - $1,957$529 - $1,466$690 - $905$316 – $2,072$1,600 – $3,879
Family room$605 - $1,999$621 - $1,157$490 - $1,131$569 - $1,155$672 - $1,986$354 – $2,661$1,631 – $3,032
Foyer$858 - $1,999n\a$465 - $778$500 - $854$607 - $2,097$338 – $1,552n\a
Front$583 - $1,014$483 - $1,414$785 - $968$510 - $925n\a$359 – $2,933n\a
Garagen\a$703 - $902$391 - $1,085$588 - $732n\a$334 – $1,536n\a
Kitchen$329 - $1,356$419 - $1,471$394 - $1,595$445 - $304$234 - $1,741$202 – $2,179$1,681 – $2,862
Living room$484 - $1,614$485 - $1,384$433 - $2,327$429 - $1,614$406 - $2,766$226 – $2,898$1,640 – $4,427
Master bedroom$545 - $1,304$588 - $1,120$452 - $1,810n\a$464 - $1,030$335 – $2,370$1,568 – $3,437
Nook$549 – $1,149$734 – $920$658 – $1,142$473 – $1,186$668 – $777$337 – $2,440$1,395 – $3,083

If you are eager to know more about windows styles, please take a loot at our dedicated guide

How additional features affect the cost of your new windows

Your brand-new windows may also be equipped with some extra features that ultimately add value to their performance, but also affect the final price.

Some of features are:

  • Low-E coatings: Low-emissivity coatings significantly reduce heat loss from your home, and prevent Harmful UV rays from fading or damaging your interior.
  • Super Spacer Insulating Glass Spacer: Used to join glass panes together into a unit, traditionally the spacer was made from aluminum or metal. Today, spacers are manufactured from a synthetic elastomer. These new spacers not only improve the efficiency of the insulated glass unit but also help reduce outside noise.
  • Gas-fills: Most insulated glass units in vinyl windows are filled with gas rather than air. Gas fills further improve efficiency, reduce heat loss, and decrease condensation. Triple pane windows have an advantage because the extra pane can be used for more gas fill, resulting in even better performance.
  • Foam filled frames: Because their frames are hollow on the inside, vinyl windows can often be filled with Engineered Thermal Insulation to further reduce heat loss.

If you are looking into getting custom windows, you often have the choice as to what kind of upgrades you want. A lot of companies also carry some of these upgrades in their standard window package. Be sure to ask about this during your quote appointment. 

At Ecoline Windows, all our windows come with a single Low-E coating, IG Spacer, and Argon gas fill. We also offer optional upgrades for additional Low-E coatings, Foam filled frames, Security glass.

The cost of your window order also depends on aesthetic upgrades you choose. Window grills, privacy glass, custom trim, can all result in a higher price for your windows.

Because of additional features that are necessary for ensuring efficiency in operable windows, some windows cost as much as 20% more than others.

Ultimately this goes to demonstrate that there are a lot of options and decisions to be made as to what kind of replacement is right for you and is within your budget. Remember, it isn’t always possible to give a proper quote over the phone, as the existing condition of your windows plays a big role into what kind of replacement is right for your home.

Our price for energy efficient windows includes:

  • Supply, installation, and disposal of your old windows
  • All standard window features
  • 25-year warranty on hardware and glass

The Bottom Line

Now you should have a better understanding of what affects the price of windows replacement. You can improve the conditions and appearance of your house by replacing older windows. Moreover, you will also reduce the energy costs.

Even though replacing windows can be quite expensive, you can still save up some money if you know what you need and which company to deal with. Thus think about all the essential factors that add to the final cost of your windows project in advance. By analyzing the window installation process, type of installation, and glass, among other factors, you will for sure find the options that match your needs.

Here, at Ecoline Windows, we have vast experience in replacing windows and upgrading the old ones. So you can always get in touch with our experts to talk about your windows replacement project and get the best solution. Make sure to go through our educational videos to get a better idea of what you might need.