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Window Frame Repair Cost

Window frame repair costs $380 on average and typically between $184 and $600. Labor, which makes up most of the price, runs $50 to $125 per hour with most jobs taking 1 to 6 hours. Materials add $20 to $150, depending on the problem. Most homes have an average of ten windows measuring about 40 by 55 inches. This means that the average cost of repairing all the windows in a home ranges from $2,000 to $6,000.

Window frames give your sashes a secure spot to sit, allowing light in while keeping the weather out. When in good repair, they can significantly reduce your home's energy use and costs. Keep your utility bills low and reduce your energy use by fixing gaps and cracks.

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  1. Cost Calculator
  2. Replacement Cost
  3. Window Frames Cost
  4. Repair Costs
  5. Labor Costs
  6. DIY vs. Hiring a Professional
  7. FAQs

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Typical Range $184 - $600
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Window Frame Replacement Cost

Replacing a window frame costs $200 to $600, not including the window. Trim repairs cost $50 to $350. Most repairs come in on the lower end until you need to remove the window to get to the problem. Fixing rot or hardware issues tends to save you in the long run since installing a new window costs $450 to $2,000 each.

On newer homes, replacement involves replacing the casing around the window, which doesn’t usually require removing the window. Newer homes with vinyl or metal frames use flanged windows nailed directly to the structural wall studs of your home.

On older homes or new construction with wood frames and wood windows, costs may go up if your pro needs to remove the window to get to the damage.

Cost to Replace Rotted Window Frame

Replacing a rotted window frame costs $100 to $400 on average, depending on the level of rot. Materials tend to cost only $50 to $150, but it’ll take some time to remove any parts without rot, adding to the price.

How Much Do Window Frames Cost?

A window frame costs anywhere from $200 to $1,000 to replace, depending on the material type and how much material needs replacing. Often, only a sash or sill requires replacement. You’ll typically replace a sash rather than repair them unless you’re restoring historic windows. It usually costs more to fix one than simply purchase and install a new one. Most repairs happen on the sill, casing or jam – the parts surrounding the sash.

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Repair Cost of Window Frames

Repairing windows costs $150 to $550 on average but vary quite a bit depending on the problem. For example, painting might only cost $50 per window while complete frame replacement tops out at $1,000. Costs vary regionally due to higher overhead in some areas. A local window repair contractor can give you an exact estimate for your project.

Common Window Frame Repairs
Type of Repair Average cost
Painting $1 - $5 per linear foot
Caulk $5 - $15 per linear foot
Remove Lead Paint $10 - $25 per square foot
Window Resealing $150 - $200
Crack and Hole Fix $20 - $100
Window Sash Repair $100 - $200
Remove Window Frame $100 - $200
Repair Sash $20 - $150
Hardware Repair $50 - $200
Replace Sash $50 - $250
Replace Sill $150 - $400
Fin Repair $100 - $400
Dry Rot Repair $150 - $800
Window Frame Replacement $200 - $1,000

Window Frame Repair Costs by Material

Material Average Cost to Replace or Repair
Wood $100 - $350
Aluminum $150 - $350
Vinyl $150 - $500
Fiberglass $300 - $600
Composite $400 - $800
  • Vinyl: Made from polyvinyl chloride (PVC) and ultraviolet light stabilizers meant to protect against sunlight that can break down the material. They don't require maintenance.
  • Wood: Require heavy maintenance including painting and sealing. More expensive to purchase but easier than vinyl to fix.
  • Aluminum and Steel: Strong and require little maintenance but conduct heat, making them poor insulators. High-end models have thermal breaks between the interior and exterior surfaces.
  • Fiberglass and Composite: Exceptionally durable, dimensionally stable and provide better insulation than those made from wood or uninsulated vinyl. High installation cost.

Common Repairs

A few common issues include:

  • Broken Frame: Patch a broken window frame with the same material it’s made from. Wood might rot beyond the point of repair, requiring replacement.
  • Broken Sash Interlock: A broken sash interlock greatly increases the chance of leaks and drafts.
  • Broken/Leaking Nail Fin: Nail fins are strips used to attach a window frame to a stud opening. Sometimes, these fins may break or corrode and need replacement.
  • Leaking Windows: Over time, screws may corrode and require replacement. Rot could also ruin the rest of the wood, requiring replacement.
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Replacing Window Frames Cost

Labor to replace window frames costs $50 to $125 per hour for repairs or $100 to $500 per window for replacements. For repairs, most of your project’s budget goes to labor, with only $50 to $150 to materials, depending on the repair. Costs tend to jump quite a bit when your contractor needs to remove your window to fix any rough framing issues. But most repairs don’t require removal.

DIY vs. Hiring a Window Repair Professional

DIY window frame repair kits cost $10 to $20 for fixing small cracks or holes. Replacing a sash lock might only run $20 and take only a few minutes with some common hand tools, like a screwdriver. Improper installs can damage the seal around the glass, strip screw holes and even make a costly replacement necessary. Once you need frame, sash or sill repairs, it’s better to call in a local window frame repair professional who can diagnose the problem and provide a permanent, lasting fix.

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FAQs

How much does it cost to replace a window frame?

Replacing a window frame costs $100 to $1,000, depending on the material and if it’s a complete installation or just partial, such as replacing only a single jam.

Should I repair or replace my window frames?

If the damage costs more than half the price of a new installation, consider a complete replacement with higher efficiency windows. Many homeowners choose to replace their old conventional wood with a low-maintenance solution such as metal or vinyl. Some people choose to replace their window frames to lower their energy costs, lower their carbon footprint and make a move to a more environmentally friendly option.

How long does it take to replace a window frame?

It takes 1 to 6 hours to replace a window frame.

How do you replace a window frame?

Replacing a window frame requires:

  1. Removing the window or sash, trim, then the old frame
  2. Fixing any damage
  3. Priming and installing a new frame
  4. Reinstalling the sash and trim, installing the new frame
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