Window Replacement 101: What You Need to Know

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There are many reasons why people replace their windows. Oftentimes, people replace their windows as a way of fixing existing window problems. However, new windows can also help to improve curb appeal, comfort, energy efficiency as well as safety and security. When it comes to window replacement, there are certain things you should know. This will go a long way in helping you plan better, make smart decisions and achieve the desired results when you finally decide to get your windows replaced.

Read on to learn more.


No window lasts forever. Even the best quality windows that have been professionally installed will weaken or break down over time. As such, it is important to know when it is time to replace your windows.

Generally, home windows have a lifespan of 15 to 20 years. How long your window will last will depend on factors such as the type of window you have, proper installation, window care and the weather conditions where you live.

However, if your windows are causing problems, you do not have to wait 15 years to get them replaced. Below are some common signs it’s time to upgrade your old windows.

  • Cracks, chips and water damage on window frames
    • Excessive window condensation
    • Recurring presence of cold drafts
    • High utility bills
    • Glass damage


When looking to replace your windows, you will want to know how much the project will cost. However, the exact cost of replacing residential windows varies widely.

The typical window replacement can cost anywhere from $180 to $2,100 per unit. There are several factors that influence the cost of window replacement. They include:

  • Window frame material
    • Window style
    • Size of your windows
    • Type of glass
    • Energy efficient upgrades
    • Labor costs


To ensure your new windows meet your needs, you should choose the right type. There are different types of replacement window styles in the market, each with its pro and cons. To make the right choice, it is important to know your options. Here are the different types of replacement windows to consider for your home.

Double-hung and single-hung windows: The most common window styles, these windows have movable panels that slide along a vertical track to open and close.

Casement windows: Also called crank windows, casement windows are hinged on one side and swing outward or inward.

Awning windows: These windows are installed horizontally and feature hinges at the top. They swing outward to open, providing an awning-like protection.

Sliding windows: Just as the name suggests, these windows have two sashes: a fixed one and a sliding one that glides over the fixed pane.

Picture windows: This is a single pane window that creates an unobstructed picture of the outside and frames the view like a picture.

Bay windows: Also known as bow windows, these windows are grouped together and joined at an angle, making them protrude outwards from the house.

Other types of replacement windows are skylights, decorative glass windows, storm windows and custom windows.


In addition to window replacement costs, planning for a window replacement project requires that you know how long the installation process will take.

When working with professionals, the average installation time for a basic window replacement is typically around 30 to 60 minutes per window. The timeline of your project will depend on the type and number of windows you are installing.

Greg Unseth Painting provides a range of home-related services to help make your home beautiful. We have offered quality replacement windows and doors in the Colorado Springs market for over a decade. Visit our website today to learn how we can help improve the look and feel of the interiors and exteriors of your home or contact us to get a free quote.