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For those of you who have already replaced your windows

Old 08-14-02, 06:45 AM
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Question For those of you who have already replaced your windows

How much did it cost you ??
How much do you save on your bills every month ??
How bad were the old windows before replacement ??

I have heard it takes 20 years to recover the cost of new windows, is this true ??
Old 08-14-02, 11:00 AM
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I paid approx. $125 per window at 16 windows needed. (Got them at cost........ that helps).

Not sure yet on the savings due to the summer. (no heat on yet)

The old ones were pretty bad. Some panes were missing, some springs were destroyed, the plaster stuff was cracking.

I am not sure what the savings will be however I just bought the house, was able to do the work while living in an apartment across town, got swing out vinyl windows for cost, used high quality caulking, and made it look a TON better.

I can imagine the savings to be pretty significant. During the nights I would replace some or worked at the house (March in NE), I could feel a breeze through windows (old ones) that were closed. I did the install myself and WILL see a savings in the cold winters up here.

Go for it! Peace: e3 - spamman
Old 08-14-02, 11:17 AM
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You're going to find an AWFUL lot of variables here.....I don't think anyone could make a blanket statement of taking 20 years to recover your money.

I've put replacements in for such sorry aluminum windows that I'm sure the payback time will be only 2-3 years, and I've also replaced good, solid, (even doublepane) windows that I'd be suprised if the energy payback was a little as 20 years....but they do replacements for other reasons too, like the tilt feature or the lack of future painting....so windows are replaced for reasons other than energy savings .....

But I'll have to say that the majority of the windows I've replaced in the last 15 years ( about 20,000 ) have really needed it....and if I had to guess, the "average" payback is probably in the 5-10 year period.


Again, a LOT of variable......a decent vinyl replacement(w/LowE glass) IMHO ought to run in the $225-250 price range for a 70-90 united inch window ( add width and height to get UIs).....I can do them all day long for that and make a good living...you can add a few options.....colonial grid +$30......full screen +$15, and that's about it. For those prices, I measure, install, provide all materials, wrap the outside casings with aluminum trim coil, includes sales tax and hauling the old ones to the dump......

Now that price, even around here, can vary a LOT. The first year I installed windows back in the 80's, I worked for a window sales outfit. I did just shy of 2000 windows that year and the average installed price they charged was $359 ( I kept a copy of every job contract and did the math at years end)......I still do some installs for a couple of sales guys around here in addition to my own, and one of them gets $400 a window.......but he is the kind of guy that could sell you your own furniture if you let him in the house.....and you would like him for doing it ahahahahahaha.....

I've told people on here before on numerous occasions how to get their windows installed for the absolute best price, but I doubt I've hurt people like Champion or Sears much

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