How Much Do Basement Windows Cost?

Written by AnonymousMarch 3, 2011

Discussing How Much Basement Windows Cost

The cost for basement windows ranges from $200 to $2,000 or more. The price varies based on type of material, manufacturer, and size. Costs typically include the window, labor, and trim.

The lowest priced basement window isn’t always the best long-term choice. A cheap basement window can lead to frequent repairs and if the windows are leaky, mold and flooding may follow. Choosing the most expensive type of basement window may not be the best decision either.

Type of material

The type of material plays a major role in determining whether or not you will pay $200 for your windows or more than $2,000. Basement windows are available in aluminum, cellular PVC, fiberglass, steel, vinyl, and wood. Steel and wood are the most expensive materials, followed by fiberglass and aluminum. Cellular PVC and vinyl are the least expensive materials for basement windows. Wood is susceptible to rot and decay, and it may warp over time. So it may need to be replaced more often than other types of windows. 


There are hundreds of basement window manufacturers to choose from, but several manufacturers are considered the most popular — and the most expensive. They are:

  • Andersen
  • Marvin
  • Pella

Each company offers pre-made basement windows, but they’re known for creating custom-windows. Opting for custom basement windows will increase the cost of your windows even more.


The basement window size varies depending on location within the structure. All basement windows must meet federal, state, and local building codes. In most states, this means the windows must be large enough for a firefighter to climb through. Check with your state Department of Housing, Building, and Construction or Office of State Fire Marshal to verify requirements. The price difference between a narrow window and a wide one can total up to several hundred dollars.


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