Window Prices In Calgary: What You Should Know

Window prices vary a lot more than most home improvement purchases. Here we’ll explain what determines the price of windows in Calgary and how much to expect.

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Dec 30, 2015

Nov 6, 2023

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Let’s face it, whether you are looking to get just one or two windows, or planning a replacement in the whole house, price is still one of the biggest driving factors when it comes to deciding on a window company. In the current economy, it may even be the deal breaker between getting new windows now, or putting it off for later.

Homeowners often get confused or outright shocked about how much window replacement should cost in Calgary when they begin getting quotes. This guide will tell you about the price difference for new windows.

New Windows In Calgary: What To Expect

Windows prices vary greatly depending on their size. In the table below, you can find approximate prices for different windows. 

Please note that the price shown is for a standard-size double-glazed window in 2022.

Window type Price range
Bedroom window $650 to $1300
Kitchen window $550 to $1200
Living room window $1300 to $2400
Basement window $570 to $1000
Bow or Bay window $2,800 to $4,500

If you want to know how much it will cost you to replace windows in Calgary – use our online price calculator. Choose your window style or location, size, and type of glazing and get an estimate for the window replacement cost.

Cost Estimator for diferent windows style

You can also request a detailed free quote for your project.

What is more important to understand, is why windows are priced the way they are. Different homeowners have different expectations and goals when it comes to their window replacement project, and this will usually reflect in their budget.

Here are the most important things to consider about residential window replacement costs in Calgary:

  • Think of your windows as a long-term investment. It can seem intimidating when you have to spend thousands of dollars to get new windows. But if you want your windows to last you about 25 years, they must meet a certain quality standard. When you do a cheap window replacement, you’ll just pay for it later. You will have to replace windows earlier than you expected, pay for repairs or upgrades, etc.
  • Installation type makes a difference. There are only two types of window installation: full-frame and retrofit. A full-frame window installation is more thorough and is usually recommended for Calgary homes, but it can also cost up to 20% more. Keep in mind that proper installation is essential to the durability and performance of your new windows.
  • Window type matters. Customers and even window companies sometimes debate whether to get triple-pane or double-pane windows. What is more important, is that the windows you get are ENERGY STAR rated. 

Many window replacement companies in Calgary will outright lie about the ratings of their windows or try to make the customer believe that they don’t need windows that are high-rated. The truth of the matter is, rated windows are much better and will last you longer. Of course, they also cost more than the imitation. But in turn, you get the security of knowing that you paid for a quality product that was built in accordance with all standards and regulations. 

Fortunately, all companies whose windows are Energy Star rated can be found on this Natural Resources Canada website.

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    Full-frame or retrofit installation

    One of the main things to consider is which window installation type is right for your project and more information about warranty.

    In a full-frame installation, the old window gets removed down to the wall structure around it. This ensures that any rotten or damaged wood around the old window is removed and replaced, and the window opening is properly prepared and cleaned to take a new window. This type of window replacement is great for most houses in Calgary.

    With a retrofit installation, the old window frame is kept intact, and a new window is put into the existing opening. While it helps preserve the look of your old windows, the retrofit installation does not solve the potential moisture or rotting issues inside the structure.

    Homeowners often think that the installation type is a matter of choice. In reality, it depends entirely on the condition of the existing windows and the condition of the walls around them. The worst part is that there are window replacement companies in Calgary that perform retrofit installations and pass them off as full-frame ones.

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

    See what’s included in the price of our windows and what kind of work we do.

    Crank vs. Slider Windows

    Similar to the two installation types, you can narrow down most of the operating windows to two types: crank (casement, awning) or sliding windows. If you are having difficulty picturing it, remember that crank windows open at an angle.

    Besides the difference in how the two window types function, there is also a significant difference in the performance (and price) of these windows. Casement and awning crank windows are significantly more efficient than slider windows, and, as a result, cost more.

    The big difference maker in casement windows is compression seals that line the edge of the frame that meets the moving sash.

    • In slider windows, these edges are usually lined with fiber weather stripping.
    • In casement windows compression seals evenly fill the gap between sash and frame to make the window airtight and eliminate any drafts. This, in turn results in much higher efficiency and more comfort for the homeowner. Of course, this also means crank windows cost more.

    To help you understand the cost of your window replacement project, we suggest looking at approximate window prices based on their type. 

    Note: The price shown is for a standard-sized double-glazed window in 2022.

    Window Type Price Range
    Awning window $455 – $800
    Casement window $565 – $920
    Hung window $400 – $755
    Fixed window $350 – $705
    Slider window $310 – $665

    But regardless of the window type – if you are looking for effective windows replacement for your home – make sure that the product you buy is ENERGY STAR rated. This will ensure that windows are designed for the cold Calgary climate. It usually also means that they are manufactured in accordance with international standards and actually meet the requirements they claim on paper.

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    How much does it cost to replace one window?

    The price of new windows depends on the type of installation: a full-frame installation is more expensive than retrofit. A window type also matters: crank windows are more expensive than sliders. Use our online calculator to find out the approximate cost for windows of different types and sizes.

    How much do new windows cost in Calgary, Alberta?

    Windows prices vary considerably depending on their type and size. On average, you can expect to pay $560-$900 for a casement window, $450-$800 for an awning window, $400-$750 for a hung window, and $300-$650 for a sliding window. You can use our online price estimator or request a free quote to estimate your project cost.

    What determines the cost of windows?

    Various factors affect the cost such as installation requirements, window size and style, and type of glazing. Full-frame replacement, type of glazing selected, energy-efficient coatings, customization, and any labour related to window replacement can increase the cost.

    Matan Korin

    Vice President of Sales at Ecoline Windows.

    17 publications

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