When it comes to replacing a small bedroom window, there are several factors that can affect the final cost. The material, type, and size of the window you choose, as well as whether you opt for a full-frame window replacement or retrofit, can all have an impact on the price. In some cases, such as broken glass, jammed windows, or minor leaks, replacing the broken part is a more cost-effective solution than replacing the entire window. Additionally, if the window is in a hard-to-reach spot, such as above a door or at the top of a staircase, you may need to pay more for installation.
In general, ordering larger quantities and replacing all windows at once can result in savings in both materials and labor. However, it's important to remember that opting for cheaper windows may not be the most cost-effective solution in the long run. There are five main types of window materials with varying costs and energy efficiency levels, and some are great options for DIY installation projects. Additionally, some sash windows are eligible for partial frame replacement, where only interior sections are replaced.
Aside from frame material and window type, there are other smaller factors that can influence the cost of window replacement. The location of your windows is also important; installation on the ground floor tends to take less time and require less equipment than replacing windows on higher floors or skylights in your roof. If you have a bathroom with larger windows, such as above a deep soaking tub, your costs are higher. The labor cost to install windows doesn't vary greatly by location but can fluctuate depending on things like height.
As an experienced licensed home improvement contractor, I know firsthand what it should cost for various levels of quality and energy efficiency. When considering a window replacement project in your home, it's important to factor in all of these elements before asking for quotes. Understanding the costs associated with each factor can help you make an informed decision about your window replacement project.