Multiple questions about cost...

Old 02-24-06, 01:23 PM
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Multiple questions about cost...

It seems that many people come to this forum to get a ballpark estimate for what it will cost to replace windows (either with replacement or new construction)--and, everybody gets the same answer-- "It depends." Which, of course it does; prices can vary widely depending on any number of factors. But "It depends" isn't too helpful for people wondering whether it's even worth having someone out to do an estimate. So, an idea--

Can we start a thread (i.e., this thread) where people can post what THEIR replacement job cost? If people post: how many windows; what types of windows; whether they got replacement or new construction; brand, material, and features; region of the country; and window cost and installation cost, I think that would be a great resource for people trying to get an "order of magnitude" idea of what their project should look like.

Old 02-25-06, 07:14 AM
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I upgraded my windows 5 years ago. I only replaced sashes and jamb liners. These were made by Caradco, which is now Jeldwen. I bought kits to do 13 windows at a total cost of $2542. These sashes tilt, remove, and are double pane insulated, low-e glass. I installed them myself. Actual time was about 1 hour per window. These kits are available by special order at Lowes. Literature is available explaining how to measure your windows. Hope this helps.
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we had our windows replaced 11 total vinyl, 7 double hung, 1 picture, 1 3-lite slider, 2 2-lite sliders. Low-e glass, w/argon made by Great Lakes Window Company, installed prof. $4,200.00 This price also included them installing a new front door and storm door I purchased at an additional cost. All windows special order size not typical sizing. Also included capping on exterior of our home. Good Luck

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There are simply too many variables involved for any of the numbers being mentioned to have any bearing on what it is going to cost to have windows replaced or retrofitted in YOUR house.

The brand of windows selected and who you choose to do the installation will be the 2 determining factors. The ONLY way you are going to get an accurate number is to call several installing contractors and get estimates. That's the ONLY way! The estimates are free. The contractors will schedule them when it's convienient for YOU.

For example, there are 5 identical houses in my neighborhood who have replaced their windows. (IDENTICAL!!) The replacement cost has ranged from $4K to $10K, depending on who installed the windows and the brand they used. I didn't mention the 6th house because the owner got taken by some high pressured company with LOTS of mid management layers and he paid over $25K.

Is it worth it to replace the windows? That too depends. What are your existing windows? What are replacing them with?

If they are 50 year old, single pane, aluminum framed windows, then new windows will cut your utility bills by about 20%. Tha's about what most of the customers I've replaced windows for are experiencing. If your windows are old wood framed, single pane, sgl. or dbl. hungs, your savings will probably be more. If your present windows are newer, aluminum framed, dual panes with clear glass, your utility savings will probably be closer to 15%

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