Rough Estimate for Price of Slider

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Old 08-31-05, 01:42 PM
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Question Rough Estimate for Price of Slider

I am in the process of purchasing a condo that has a sliding glass door that leads to a balcony. The home inspector stated that one of the panels needs replacement because the seal is broken. I am going to give the sellers the option of either replacing the entire unit, or crediting me at settlement for the cost. Problem is, I really am not sure what price range I am working with for full replacement.

Does anyone have a rough estimate of how much 1) a typical middle-grade slider costs? It looks like a pretty generic size, maybe 5-6ft overall width. 2) How much installation typically runs for something like that?

I realize that price and installation can vary greatly, but a rough estimate is all I'm looking for. I just need some leverage for my negotiations. If it makes a difference, the condo is located in Maryland.

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Rough Estimate for Price of Slider

I had a similar situation on a 25 year old townhouse I just bought.

I recognized the panel was bad and made an offer based on that so I could take my time and make a good decision on which way to go. Based on other things I saw, the slumlord that was selling this poorly maintained unit with a great location would have done the cheapest, not the right solution.

Many of the slider units made in 1980 were larger than the "standard" sizes available now so new framing and patched siding would be involved or a special unit would have to be ordered.

Good old HD came through with their typical pricing on a non-standard door ($1200+), which pushed the entire cost way up.

My old slider was all wood, heavy and worked well. The seal and weather stripping could have been better. I opted to replace the bad panel (33" x 75" x 1" -tempered) for $345. From the time the service man quoted and verified the price until he was done it took about 45 minutes. He also cleaned and adjusted the rollers, track and hardware. - I bought some time since I probably will be looking at more replacements after I have lived in the townhouse for a year.

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That's a good point that they will do it as cheaply as possible. I guess its just the very nature of someone that's trying to make as much money on the sale as they can. I didn't even realize that there are people out there that can fix the panel instead of replacing the door. Maybe I'll just have them give me $500 @ settlement towards the repair and look into it myself. The only issue I would see there is the lack of gas between the panels. I guess that's not too big a deal though.
 
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Rough Estimate for Price of Slider

Check your local market to see what the prices are. I have heard they can vary widely between installers depending on size & thickness they tend to carry in stock.

I am in the Minneapolis/St. Paul market and it easy to get decent prices and good service from a number of companies.

I called two before this one - One gave me a flat price of $425 without looking. The other had a man stop by that gave me a price of $375 for next day install. The last came out 30 minutes later and gave me a price of $345 for immediate installation (had the panel on his truck). You know which I took.

All were reputable companies with multiple locations, so I felt comfortable that I did my work well. I was impressed by the wotk and service - I assume the panel will be O.K.

I have one other suspect panel (different slider - will find out when its -30 outside).

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Someone ran through my sliding door last year -- opted to replace it with steel frame 10 pane french doors --- $300.00 at HD
 
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