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Cost of Replacement Windows

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I received a quote today to replace 3 windows.  One is a 68" x 38" glider kitchen window; one is a 86" x 64" dining room bay window with 2 double hung windows surrounding a picture window; one is a 114" x 54" living room bow window with 5 double hung windows.  The kitchen window is a normal straight installation.  The dining room window will require enlarging the existing opening from 86" x 46" to 86" x 64".  Since there is a deep overhang above this window, closing in the top will be uncomplicated. The living room window will require construction of a roof over the bow as there is no overhang. What was quoted was the Anderson top-of-the line window with their composite wood/polymer framing and full divided light grills on all glass surfaces.  The price quoted was $22,900 for windows and installation.  I was astounded at this price and wonder if I'm being ripped off.  I've never had to do this before so I need some education.  Any opinions about whether this is a fair or unfair price would be appreciated.  Thanks,  BeDub

Sounds like this is more than (post #207071, reply #1 of 5)

Sounds like this is more than a 15-minute job.  Can't say that the number is "reasonable", but it doesn't sound outrageous, given the framing and siding work that will need to be done, in addition to paying for some relatively large and expensive windows.


Of all the preposterous assumptions of humanity over humanity, nothing exceeds most of the criticisms made on the habits of the poor by the well-housed, well-warmed, and well-fed.  --Herman Melville

Cost of window replacement windows (post #207071, reply #2 of 5)

BeeDub,

That kind of question is really hard to answer because there are so many unknowns ( to the ones attempting to answer ). In the part of the country I live in (Chattanooga, Tn.)  I would starve if I tried to charge 22k for installing 5 windows; however it is not just 5 windows being installed. From your description the amount of work required for the installation is above the norm for installing windows, so the guys that quoted it either know something we arent aware of, or they are really busy and dont really care if they land the job but if they do it will be profitable enough to incovenience there 5pm dinner for a few days.

A second opinion should help shed some light on the issue... sorry there isnt more of a straight forward answer. 

You don't say what's on the (post #207071, reply #3 of 5)

You don't say what's on the exterior.  Doing a hack job on vinyl siding would be fairly simple, but wood or shakes would require more care, and brick would add considerably to the tab.

Very hard to judge the amount of work required for the roof over the bow, but it's something you definitely want done right -- lots of ways that a jackleg installer could screw it up and cause leakage and lots of expenses down the road.


Of all the preposterous assumptions of humanity over humanity, nothing exceeds most of the criticisms made on the habits of the poor by the well-housed, well-warmed, and well-fed.  --Herman Melville

everyone is right by stating (post #207071, reply #4 of 5)

everyone is right by stating that there are a bunch of unknowns.  the windows are probably half of the cost.  those are large, very expensive windows.  doesn't sound very out of whack to me.  plan on 10% extra for hidden surprises or unexpected subsurface damage.  you'll be lucky if there are no extras.

 

Andersen windows are danged (post #207071, reply #5 of 5)

Andersen windows are danged expensive. And you got top of the line models. That bow window alone might be $5,000.

As others have mentioned, there are a lot of questions. We can't see your situation and dn't know how hard it is to do any of the things you mentioned. (Like enlarging an opening.

If you're concerned about the price, why not talk to the contractor?  Tell him you're over budget, and ask him what you could change to make it less expensive.