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What Factors Affect the Cost of Replacement Windows for Your MD, VA, or DC Home?

It’s not always obvious when you should replace your windows. After all, unless they’re cracked, warped, or broken, you may assume your windows are fine. However, older homes tend to have inefficient single-pane windows that make the interior uncomfortable and drafty.

If you want to lower your heating and cooling bills and restore comfort to every room, now could be the time to replace your windows.

Like most homeowners, you may worry about the cost of replacement windows. Learn what factors affect the price you pay and how Quality Window & Door can deliver the best value for your investment.

Call Quality Window & Door at 1-800-370-8751 for a free window replacement estimate in Maryland, Virginia, or Washington, DC.

Window Cost Factors for Your Virginia Home

Window Material

This is often the largest contributing factor to your overall replacement window cost. If the windows are comparable in every other way, the most affordable option is vinyl windows.

Fiberglass and aluminum are mid-range, and wood windows tend to be priced on the higher end. Clad windows — with beautiful wood on the interior and durable vinyl, fiberglass, or aluminum on the exterior — typically cost the most, but they also offer an attractive aesthetic, low maintenance, and long life span.

Custom Window Size

You might think you can save money by purchasing a standard window size, but this only works well for windows used in new construction. When replacing windows, it’s vital that they fit the existing opening.

That’s why it’s worthwhile to order a custom window size in the exact dimensions you need. The cost will be a little higher upfront, but performance and longevity will improve dramatically.

Customized Frame Color

Most standard replacement windows come in white. You may have the option to customize the color, but expect this to add 15% to 25% to the price.

Glass Package

All replacement windows available today come with double- or triple-pane glass. You can also add a low-E coating, laminated glass, privacy glass, argon or krypton gas in-fill, and other features designed to make the windows more efficient.

The more you add to your glass package, the higher the price will be. However, the investment might be worth it to lower your energy bills and increase your home’s value in the coming years.

Window Grids

Expect a window with grids — also called grilles, muntins, or simulated divided lites — to cost more than one without this feature. The style of grids you choose, which can be between the glass or on the surface, also affects the price.


The cost of professional installation is added to the purchase price of your replacement windows. How much you pay depends on the company you choose and the type of windows you purchase.

Most windows require about the same amount of labor — except for bay and bow windows, which involve additional construction work. The best way to save is by choosing an installation company that charges a reasonable rate for their workers’ time.

Affordable Replacement Windows in Maryland

Quality Window & Door offers some of the most affordable replacement windows available today. Regardless of which window style, material, or brand you prefer, we’ll make sure you get the highest quality product at the best possible price.

Check out our non-proprietary selection of replacement windows by visiting one of our local showrooms in Maryland and Northern Virginia.

While you’re here, feel free to compare products and ask questions of our knowledgeable staff to get your window replacement project started on the right foot.

Contact Quality Window & Door to learn more about us or request a free, no-obligation, in-home window demo.

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