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How Much Does it Cost to Replace Windows?


It appears that homeowners are more inclined to replace their older timber windows with uPVC double glazed windows rather than repairing them.

Probably because, nowadays, more homeowners are considering replacing their existing windows with newer, low maintenance, more energy efficient products than they were 10 or 20 years ago.

French Casement Windows

The other reasons that appear to be important are the extended lifespans of uPVC and, as you might have guessed, the price factor.

With a single 1000mm x 1200mm upvc window costing as little as £160 + fitting, and a double opening kitchen window from around £200 + fitting, whereas a timber box sash window of the same dimensions can be well over double the cost, it’s understandable.

If you take your time to get a lot of quotes from a selection of different installers and then do some serious bargaining, it may be possible to get a 3 bed semi with around 10 windows, fully fitted for between £3,500 & £6,000 depending on the actual specification of the windows you want.

Aluminium windows are not quite as low priced as uPVC and you could be looking at around £500+ per single window on average – however, if you want the whole house done, you may be able to find prices for a 3 bed semi of 8 to 10 windows at around £6,000 to £7,500.

Now you need to have your negotiating head properly fixed on your shoulders if you want a great deal. You should also bear in mind that the higher the specification of the replacement window you want (A++, Argon gas filled, low-e toughened solar glass etc.etc.) the higher the cost is going to be.

For a top of the range set of 8 to 10 wood-grain effect, coloured UPVC windows you could then expect the prices to be over £6,000.

How much do casement windows cost?

Window Size in MM Frame Material Fully Fitted Price
600 x 900 uPVC  Around £200
1200 x 1200 uPVC Around £300
940 x 1600 uPVC Around £450
Semi-detached 3 bed house uPVC £4,500 to £6,000

Why should you replace your existing windows?

The cost to replace windows in the UK isn’t that cheap so that you can swap them out every year or two, so, better have some decent reasons for doing it.

There are plenty of reasons why homeowners are replacing their windows, some do it because a brand new set of windows can liven up the appearance of a “tired” house and increase the value of it into the bargain. New windows will also improve your insulation levels, which will lower your heating costs and make your home more energy efficient.

Other notable reasons are over the last two decades, the manufacturing techniques of vinyl (upvc) and aluminium framed windows have witnessed a vast improvement. This has made such window options more affordable to more consumers.

Today’s generation of homeowners pay more attention to energy budgets and as a result they want to use energy-efficient building materials. Double-paned energy A-rated windows are hugely more functional, energy efficient and secure than older single-paned wooden ones.

Other reasons that call for replacing your wooden (or other) windows with aluminium and uPVC:

Types of Replacement Windows Designs Available In The UK

Okay, so you have counted how many windows you will need to replace, how big they are, and how much you think they will it cost. Now, you need to decide on the styles. Here are some replacement windows designs currently available in the UK market. Remember, the costing is different for each one of them.

Bay windows are specialised designs that extend outward form the property. Bow & Bay widows in particular are complex to make and install. You can therefore expect them to be costlier.

Sash windows can be horizontal or vertical sliding windows. Of the 2 types, the most often seen in British homes is the vertical sliding sash window. This design is also quite complex to construct and that is also reflected in the prices which can sometimes be double that of a casement window.

Casement, French or Tilt & turn windows are all side hinged. The casement window opens outward, French windows mainly open outward, but can open in if you wish. Tilt & turn windows open inward always.

Pros & Cons: Aluminium and uPVC Replacement Windows

Deciding which materials to use for your windows doesn’t need to be confusing. Currently, you have the choice of timber, aluminium and uPVC. All of them have pros and cons, but ultimately, it all boils down to personal taste, cost to replace windows and budget.

Have a look at the advantages and disadvantages of wood, aluminium and uPVC replacement windows below to make an informed decision.

Coloured UPVC Windows

Flush Fit Casement Window

Timber Replacement Windows

Advantages

Disadvantages

Tilting Sash Windows

Aluminium Replacement Windows

Advantages

Disadvantages

Reversible UPVC Window

uPVC Replacement Windows

Advantages

Disadvantages

To summarise

The cost of replacement windows is going to depend on a few things, but primarily it’s going to be about how many windows you buy at the same time, the size of the windows, what they are made out of and the style.

UPVC Casement windows are probably going to be the least expensive to use as either new or replacements. Sash windows are going to be the costliest.

Tilt & turn replacement windows don’t have a huge share of the market, and sit somewhere in between Casement and Sash when it comes to pricing.

Our recommendation is that you get at least 4 or 5 written quotes from an accredited FENSA or CERTASS installer, based on a survey of your home. In that way you can compare what each supplier is offering and come to an informed decision in your own time.

Please bear in mind, the figures given above are for convenience only, not an offer to buy or sell, and do not fully reflect the cost of installing or replacing windows for your home.

Always get written quotes from a certified installer