Home WindowsIt can be a real downer when one of the windows in your home breaks. Many homeowners, from a budget perspective, want to get an idea of what it should cost to replace a broken home window. Though it will vary based on your geographic location, the type of window you have, and so on, there are a few general rules of thumb for you to go by when estimating this expense. Let’s take a look at what goes into replacing a broken home window and what it should cost, roughly.

Replacing the Window Itself

The cost to replace a broken window is obviously going to include a new window itself. This is the biggest expense to the whole project. The cost of the window is going to depend largely on the type of window, the manufacturer of the window, and the size of it. Window prices can range anywhere from $250 to $350 for a standard window. If you are replacing the broken window along with other windows in your home, you may be able to get a discount in a bulk-type purchase. The more windows you buy, usually the cheaper it is per window.

Factoring in the Labor Costs

The labor cost is the second biggest expense that comes along with replacing a broken home window. Broken windows will usually take a laborer two to three hours to replace. This is due to the fact that they have to do several things. They must remove the trim inside your home around the window before removing the broken one. They’ll have to do some clean-up work of the area to be sure it is read y for the new window. The new window then needs to be put in place and it needs to be secured, sealed, and so on. Labor costs are going to vary depending on who you hire. As a general rule of thumb, though, you can expect labor costs to be anywhere from $75 to $150. This will vary depending on if the window is a big window on the third floor of a home, or a little window that is at ground level.

Miscellaneous Materials and Supplies

Some of the other miscellaneous things to consider include some minor supplies that are going to be needed. These will include items such as fasteners, caulking, etc. The cost of these other minor items usually will only run $20 or $30, so nothing major to worry about here.

So where does that leave us in terms of the cost of replacing a broken home window? One can expect to spend anywhere from $300 to $500 before it is all said and done in getting that window replaced. If it is done as part of a whole home window replacement job, the cost per window is likely going to be reduced drastically. Get some quotes and be confident in the company you hire. The last thing you want to do is skimp out and hire a company that will not do quality work, leaving you with problems down the line.