Cost of installation only?


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Old 05-11-08, 02:15 PM
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Cost of installation only?

I have the original single pane windows in my house that I want replaced with Simonton brand windows.
I would appreciate an estimate of what the cost of installation "only" is for a replacement double hung window and wrapping the exterior trim?
I live in Maryland.
 
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Old 05-11-08, 04:01 PM
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Well, about 18 months ago, I lived in Hampton VA. A very good installer I knew there would charge about $150 or so a window, depending on size and any repairs needed. That could vary depending on if there were any really large windows. There were other guys who maybe weren't quite as good, but adequate for most folks, who would charge about $125 per.

I don't know if mat'l cost has changed much in that time, but that could also be a factor.
 
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Old 05-12-08, 12:48 PM
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Gunguy45, thanks a lot for the response, that sounds like a reasonable amount for an experienced installer doing an excellent installation.
I just had a joker give me an estimate of 4 to $500.00 per window for installation only!! I just laughed at him and told him to go. For some reason people think this is brain surgery. If not for health I would do it myself, I installed a "Certaineed brand" window in my kitchen a couple years ago and it only took about an hour!!
 
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Old 05-12-08, 12:53 PM
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Gunguy45, I forgot to ask, did the guy you knew in Hampton, Va work alone or did he have other people working with him?
 
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As a matter of fact, those were one of the 2 brands he would install in our area, the other was Certainteed (I think). No one was willing to pay the huge amounts for some of the triple glazed that were available. And he refused to put in the A/C brand that was available from HD.
He had a few younger guys who did the rip out and wood repair, he set the windows and did all the wrap work himself. As he set, he had someone inside who would wipe off excess caulk and clean, then someone would come after him and caulk and clean the exterior. Total he prob had a crew of 3 plus himself. One I know was his grandson though, so not sure what his normal crew would be.
 
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Gunguy45, thanks a lot, now I feel I'm in a lot better position to talk to these guys on a better level. You wouldn't believe what some have wanted.
I keep a log on everything I do. I checked it last night and installing that kitchen window took 1.5 hours and that was the first one I ever installed (Certainteed). If I could do it now, I know it wouldn't take more than an hour. For what it's worth, between the two, the Simonton is a lot better window, especially lately. Certainteed is getting sloppy in there construction. I could show you some BAD points on the one I installed 2 years ago if I had a camera, mine bit the dust.
I sure wish my health was better but it's going to take another year if I'm lucky. Besides the windows I need a new floor in the kitchen and new decking.

Take care, Changeling
 
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Glad to help. Best of luck with the health problems.
 
 

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