How Much Does It Cost To Install Wood Picture Windows?


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Wood Picture Window Costs

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Windows that are exterior facing must close against weather and intrusion. The Picture Window is a fixed design that provides least view obstruction but no ventilation passage.

​You will find that the cost to install average wood picture windows depends upon material and finish grade, size, structural preparation and special needs, and the labor rate.

In the following table the Labor Cost figure is what the able and prepared DIY persons should expect to save by performing the corresponding tasks.

Picture window replacement: remove and dispose of existing window, install new window; include all material, equipment, and waste.

Item Unit Cost Quantity Line Cost
Wood window set: top grade 48" wide x 48" tall; pre-finished natural interior, no paint exterior; insulating and coated glass; including all trim, sealing, hardware, and touch up. $589 each 1 $589
Upgrade: additional cost to include a medium-duty fixed exterior awning; aluminum frame, painted panel, gutter front edge. $231 each 1 $231
Remove and dispose: existing window; include transport and non-hazardous dump fees. $45 per CY 1 $45
Material Cost $865 each 1 $865
+ Labor Cost (remove) $32 per hour 2 $64
+ Labor Cost (replace) $38 per hour 5 $190
+ Labor Cost (upgrade) $38 per hour 3 $114
Total Cost $1,233 each 1 $1,233

Other considerations and costs

  • These prices are for service in the immediate area of the provider.
  • Taxes and permit fees are not included.
  • The picture window does not open, so exterior washing is done from the outside.
  • During contractor inspection the homeowner should be informed of any repair concerns like rot, and the cost to adapt the existing window-opening structure.
  • A project to replace more than 2 windows should enjoy a unit price discount.
  • There may be local or national subsidy for energy efficiency improvements.

DIY considerations

  • This project is not highly suitable for DIY with precise carpentry and a critical closure deadline.
  • Partial DIY of removal and disposal tasks are possible for the prepared DIY.


  • Craftsman Estimator Costbook, complete series year 2015.
  • Latest prices found on Home Depot and other vendor Web sites.
  • Literature review of DIY Web sites.
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Cost by city

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  • New York, NY$1,426
  • Bronx, NY$1,172
  • Brooklyn, NY$977
  • Philadelphia, PA$1,219
  • Washington, DC$1,058
  • Atlanta, GA$957
  • Miami, FL$870
  • Fort Lauderdale, FL$912
  • Minneapolis, MN$1,069
  • Chicago, IL$1,246
  • Houston, TX$1,285
  • San Antonio, TX$863
  • Austin, TX$977
  • Denver, CO$825
  • Phoenix, AZ$871
  • Las Vegas, NV$956
  • Los Angeles, CA$1,077
  • San Diego, CA$977
  • San Jose, CA$1,180
  • Seattle, WA$864

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