Window Replacement

Old window replacement can really make a difference for your home. Not only does it change the way the house looks and feels making it more comfortable but it also can help you save money on your energy bills and make your house generally more energy-efficient.

We take home window replacement projects in the following area: Toronto, Etobicoke, Mississauga, Brampton, Oakville, East York, North York, Markham, Vaughan, Richmond Hill, Aurora, Scarborough, Pickering, Oshawa, Ajax, Newmarket, King City, Caledon, Georgetown, Milton. Haven't found your location on the list? Reach out to us to get a quote on vinyl windows installation at your place.

Window Replacement in Toronto and GTA

If you’ve been looking for the best window replacement service near you, Vinyl Light is your best bet. With over 13+ years of experience replacing old windows with new energy-efficient vinyl windows, there’s not a project we can’t handle.

With replacement windows, you have two main choices:

  • insert window replacement (works well for a frame that’s in good shape. In this case, you can go with an insert window also known as a pocket window);
  • full replacement (this type is used if the existing windows are old and failing. In this case, a full replacement down to the house framing is needed).

Needless to say, proper home window replacement requires special tools and, what’s more important, special skills. That’s why getting professionals to do the job is the smartest solution.

Cost of Home Windows Replacement in Toronto

✅ Window Type Vinyl Windows
✅ Average window installation cost $200-$300
✅ The cheapest vinyl window replacement $250
✅ The most expensive vinyl window replacement $800+

Of course, if you’re looking to replace old windows with new vinyl, one of the first things you would like to know is how much does it cost to replace vinyl windows in your house.

Despite the fact that the cost to replace vinyl windows in Toronto and the Greater Toronto Area differs greatly depending on the contractor, type of windows, and the particular house, a rough estimate would be around $500, including the price of the window.

If you’d like to know the exact window replacement cost for your house, please contact our team for a free, no-obligation quote. They will ask you all the right questions and give you a price estimation within a few minutes.

Old Windows Replacement Process

Although it may differ depending on the particular setup, the replacement process in general goes like this:

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    Taking measurements

    We measure the height of the pocket opening to get the right size window (it should be slightly smaller than the opening).

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    Removing sashes

    Sometimes it’s better to remove the sashes from the inside, but usually, it’s done from the outside. If there’s a storm window, it has to be removed first. After that, we need to score the paint and take out the screws. Finally, the sashes are removed and the frame is pried out. The interior stop is left where it is. It’s also important to make sure there are no holes and the existing wood is in good condition.

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    Preparing for the installation

    Here, we clean the opening thoroughly to remove all the dust and debris. Now, with the sashes removed, the frame is ready for the replacement. We start by applying flashing tape to the sill - ideally, it should fit the length of the sill. Then, we ensure the proper leveling and attach the shims with flashing tape to prevent any further movement once they are level.

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    Installation

    We’re ready to install! First, we dry fit the window into the opening making sure there’s a little gap around the frame and then set the new window aside for a bit. Then, a ⅜ inch bead os sealant is applied at the interior head, jamb stops, and sill. After that, the window is placed against the opening making contact with the sealant.

    Next, we drive screws through the pre-drilled holes and the shims. When the window is set, we check for plumb, level, and square to ensure the proper operation. Two final steps are applying foam insulation and lock the sill adapter on the window.

    Finally, we install the exterior trim around the window frame and seal the edges.

Our clients ask

  • What is the cheapest way to change a window?

    Material wise from wood, aluminum, aluminum clad or fiberglass windows, you won't have any shortage of options. But if you're trying to replace windows on a budget, vinyl windows are typically going to be your best bet. They'll provide you with a long list of benefits while coming in at just a fraction of the price of other windows.

    Installation wise retrofit installation is the cheapest way to replace the windows, because it saves money on labor and parts, as long as you are Ok with some cons it has.

  • What time of year is best to replace windows?

    Not too hot, but not too cold. Your best bet is to plan your window replacement for a time of year when the weather will be warm, ideally in the spring or early summer.

    However, having windows installed over the cold months can save you money and time as waiting times are shorter.

  • How much should you pay for a replacement window?

    The average cost to replace windows in your home as of 2022 is $600 to $800 per window. This cost includes the price of each window, plus the cost of professional labor and installation. You can expect to pay an average of $400 to $600 per window in material costs, and about $200 per window in installation costs.

  • Should I replace all windows at once?

    Many professionals agree that if homeowners can afford it, they are better served by replacing all their windows in one order. The installation team can complete the full job in a couple of days. When you do all of the windows at once there is less paperwork, less time, and less stress. Most windows and doors companies offer discounts on full-house window installations.

  • How long does it take for windows to be replaced?

    Once your windows have been produced, and your installers are at your home, installation is usually a fairly quick process – an average of 45 minutes to an hour per window.

  • Can I replace windows myself?

    If you're naturally handy and have experience in similar home improvement projects or know how to install a replacement window, plus the time to do the job right, it's entirely possible to install your own windows. The downside is it takes time, especially if you are installing multiple windows. Also doing something for the 1st time will be a learning curb with a few mistakes, which are not ideal to have on the product which should last you 20-30 years.

    We recommend that you trust this job to professionals that have the right tools and skills to get the job done right and quick and will leave a warranty for your piece of mind.

  • Can you replace windows without replacing the frame?

    If your frames are in good condition, you can replace the window without replacing the window frames – this is known as a frame to frame or retrofit window replacement. However, if your frames are aging, it will be best to opt for full-frame or brick to brick windows replacement.

  • How often should house windows be replaced?

    Home windows from the builder have a lifespan of 15-20 years, renovation grade is 25-30. Once they reach this age, the glass seal fails, the weatherstrips and locking mechanisms start to weaken or fail, which leads to drafts and water seepage.

  • How do I prepare my house for replacement windows?

    Clear a Path. Installers will frequently enter and exit your home while moving from room to room. They will be handling large and heavy windows. You want to make sure they have a clear path for safety reasons. You don’t need to clear everything out, just make sure they have easy access by clearing the way. Move any furniture and other things that might be in their way to get to the windows and work around them. Don’t forget to move any items outside your house as well, such as patio furniture, hoses, and yard ornaments. You will especially want to move any fragile plants so they do not accidentally get trampled.

    Remove Window Treatments. Next, make sure to remove all window coverings, including sheers, blinds, and curtains. They are not part of the window installation and will only be in the way to do the job properly. Consider taking down any wall decor and photographs close to the windows. Nothing should be unintentionally knocked over while installing new windows.

    Put Down Dust Covers. The installers will have the drop sheets, but they will not have any covers for the furniture, so if you wish to save yourself some time with dusting, you might consider covering your belongings around the windows. Conserve Energy. You might want to crank the thermostat down to avoid wasting energy on cooling or heating the house.

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