How Much Does It Cost to Replace Windows?

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Rob

Subject: Window Quote

I received a quote for 4 Anderson replacement windows - 3 double hung and 1 bow window for $14,000 installed. I was numb for a few seconds. They told me the labor was half the cost of the $14,000. So I did a little math - Two installers for three 8hr. days = 48 man hours. (I think 3 days is a very generous amount of time to install 4 windows) $7000 divided by 48 = $145 per hour. This is just crazy. I work for a professional engineering company and our hourly engineering rate is $60 per hour and we have degreed engineers working here.

Pjh

Subject: Window caulked shut

My parents have a window that was caulked from the outside along all of the openings and the perimeter. Is there a way to remove the caulk without having to replace the entire window?

Scott Duhl

Subject: Composite Windows

I just got a quote from a local contractor to replace 21 windows with THV Compozit windows for $20,500, which is $975 a window. We're also having our sliding glass door replaced, which is another $2,800, so $23,300 total. I've had a few people that had their windows replaced, all be it fewer windows, tell me that this seems too high. Does this sound too high for a replacement composite window?

Jacob Secrest

Subject: price

That is actually a reasonable price if labor and installation are included as well

Dave

Subject: Home Depot not a trusted source

So I have 22 windows to replace. I went to several window retailers and had the windows quoted at retail rates ($600/window). Now again, this is a fully framed window at this point. I then went to Home Depot for an estimate. I had to set up an appointment and have them show up. The jamoke got out of his car and was saying it was $2000/window before he looked at anything. Apparently that is the rate, regardless. As he was drafting the quote I asked the simple questions like...how long does it take to replace a window, what is the quotes breakdown in material and labor. You know, the standard stuff. Was told generally 1 hour to replace (low should be about 6 hours on average) but at 6 hrs @ $50.00/hour that accounts for $300. Where did the other $1000.00 go? Can't be materials as the most expensive material is the window and that and the hourly wage accounts for only $1000 of the $2000. Would never trust Home Depot again.

Dale

Subject: Harley Windows

Yikes. Love the product and the salesperson. Very professional, did a great job on the presentation. Quote for eurovinyl windows, no sill cut back, double lifetime warranty, triple e-coat, heavy duty glass for 26 windows: $36,754. That's over $1400 per opening. Not gonna happen.

Dave

Subject: Home Depot not the place to go

Shop around. Find a contractor willing to work with you, unlike Home Depot. The Andersen windows themselves are probably no more than $600 ea. and the labor to install no more than 6 - 8 hours tops. Do the math. You are most likely paying HD $500/window to funnel this job to a third party contractor.

Curtis

Subject: Replace or fix

I have 24 windows in my home that do not stay up when opened. I believe they are double pan and tilt out. Original windows from 1986. Should these be replaced or fixed? Looking at these cost in these comments. It looks like i could be in for well over 20k! :(

Cj

Subject: 19 windows 11-21-16

Just had 19 windows done. Average sized from the 30s cost $11,600 in the end with lifetime of the house warranty. This job was done In Racine by Window Concepts of Milwaukee.

Tim

Subject: Hopefully you have not spent

Hopefully you have not spent the money on new windows. It sounds like what you need are new window balances. They are inexpensive and easy to install. Hope that is helpful.

blah

Subject: glass

i was wondering is it possible to just get a replacement for a glass on the window.. right not theres pixie glass being used on a window but i rather have glass on it?

Paul

Subject: Glass Repair

You can absolutely just get the glass and\or vaccum seals replaced. Just search for window repair. Some call themselves "Glass doctor"

angelaperegrina

Subject: Jalouse Windows

Ever replaced jalouse style Windows with modern sliding ones? The frames are huge and I was wondering if this can be done well.

Steven Michener

Subject: True Costs of Replacement Windows

I just have to add this information to the mix as there is a lot of mis-information floated by big window companies stating energy efficiency and return on investment as reasons to replace old windows. This is obviously true for homes built in the last 60yrs as they will most likely be a vinyl, aluminum, or wooden insulated glass. BUT, BIG BUT, for homes with pre-WW2 wooden single pane windows in restorable condition it has been proven through many studies that adding weather sealed storm windows is as energy efficient as replacement windows. There are even case studies that prove that life-cycle costs including initial investment of single pane with storms vs. replacements pencil out in favor of adding storms to old single pane windows. My advice, do a little research and think hard about how you invest in an older home!

Shawn Sauve

Subject: Quote for Anderson windows

Just had a salesman visit our home and give us a quote of $40,000 to replace 14 windows. I was momentarily speechless. Still looking for window relacement options.

Jen

Subject: Andersen window replacement cost

Just had the salesman out, he said to average about $2500 per opening for Andersen, but of course went through all the reasons why they have a superior product and others are not good. We were astonished and ended the evening early. He was not thrilled. We were talking 60K for the whole house. Not feasible for us.

Sue

Subject: I received a quote from

I received a quote from Andersen today for 23K for 14 windows. I had no idea they were so expensive. I replaced 18 windows on my house in ct for 5K back in '98 so I nearly fell off my chair when I heard today's quote!

Mark Tucker

Subject: Advice

I just got all my windows replaced. Theirs a total of 16 double hung windows and I paid $8700. The company I went with is Castle Windows. Their prices are fair and they have a great guarantee. I live at a high elevation and so energy efficiency is important. I can already tell that the house is warmer during the few chilly we had nights last week. I will no doubt save on my bills. The idea being that the windows will pay for themself considering the money saved on my energy bills.

Marissa

Subject: Wow that's a pretty good

Wow that's a pretty good price compared to the quote I got from HRC for tilt out windows (7,600 for 8 windows). Just curious, do you know the u rating on your windows?

Virginia Motoyama

Subject: Replace glass or entire window

I have eight Gorell triple-pane tilt and slide windows (no longer made) that each have varying degrees of deterioration due to the loss of protection in the panes. The frames for all are in good condition so I would prefer not having the entire windows replaced. From a common-sense and also cost-effective standpoint, would it be okay to just replace the glass or better in the long run to have all eight windows replaced. What would an estimated cost difference be?

Bob Harotunian

Subject: Renewal by Andersen estimate opinion?

We just received a presentation and estimate for 8 Andersen DH vinyl windows with no grills. Cost quoted was $12,500 before sales tax. Window sizes are approx 36 x 66. I know Andersen windows are well built but I don't want to pay more than a reasonable cost. Any opinion would be appreciated.

Frank

Subject: Andersen estimate

There are other options for well made windows. Interstate composite windows are are a great alternative to the much higher priced Andersen product and will be more efficient as well. Consider the triple pane option, still less than Andersen. If you decide to go with a much less expensive vinyl option, be careful. Like in the automotive industry, lot of good and a lot of bad.

Rob Eddy

Subject: Replacement costs

When replacing windows, my experience is that you get what you pay for (except perhaps for a 10% to 15% premium on the Andersen name). Those windows will serve you well for decades with minimal care. However, if you're unsure you'll live there for decades, you might not get your money's worth from them. I think you'll be able to find good-quality vinyl windows in that size and with a lifetime frame warranty for under $1,000 a piece installed. In fact, I'd bet you can get good windows from Jeld-Wen or similar second-tier brand for about half of the 12.5K quote. I assume you've already shopped the bid around; if not, get at least 3 written estimates and tell the contractors that they are competing for the job.

Becky L. Swanson

Subject: Replacement

I have today to decide if I'm going forward with a contract with Renewal by Andersen for replacing 5 windows in my house. The amount is $7150 with a deposit of $100. I'm not sure about a Disclosure form they want me to sign. Even the representative did not totally understand what it was. "Disclosure Statement Required for Residential Construction Contract." I'm not paying subcontractors I'm paying the Company for the windows. HELP!

Andrew Rappaport

Subject: Windows

<p>I received an estimate from a company here in San Diego. They are selling Anlin Window Systems (Infinit plus with Argon). I have 3 large sliding glass windows and two sliding glass doors. I was given a quote of $10K for everything (tax, labor, lifetime warranty, etc.). 0% interest for 5 years. I would like to know if this is reasonable? Thank you.</p>

christopher Mourgos

Subject: Windows

I am having 9 windows and two large sliding glass doors replace and french doors put in there place and was given a quote of $14,860. $10,000 seems reasonable depending on the quality of the windows and work done. If you go to someone like Lowes etc... you can probably cut your cost. I thought $14,860 was high as well, but if the windows last another 20-30 years its work it. I have a couple newer windows for instance that the previous owner put in, problem is they are the wrong type of windows for the house and water was getting in due to not being properly sealed. If your comfortable they will do it right, then i would go with them. But def get a few quotes!!!

Brock Eichler

Subject: Loved it

I bought some heavenly bright windows and they were FABULOUS!!! I can now look through them while drinking my tea and watch the local children play.

Tonia Hill

Subject: Replacing Windows

Hi. I read your comment on your Windows..Which one would you prefer to use..Im getting as less 3 done for now..one bedroom and one in the livingroom and the big one in the kitchen..It's a lot of companies out here and I want to make sure..I try at least use one that knows what they are doing.Thank You

Moose

Subject: Baseball accident

What if I hit the window with a baseball and part of the pane shattered. There's 2 layers and I'm passed about it. My dad will probably make me pay for it so I was wondering how much a replacement pane would cost for the dimensions 15'x60'

Contractor

Subject: Cost of window replacement

If the windows are new baseline energy-saving windows and you do not have to replace any molding or frame then it should not cost you more than $7,000. to $10,000. This should cover taking out the old and replacing with new for up to 12 windows. Do not over pay like this! ^

Leslie Weinberg

Subject: Window replacement

You are talking about replacement windows, which generally utilize he existing frame and sill. Everything I ever read shows that eventual air leakage where they are caulked is extensive.

There is a big difference between replacement windows and new "windows". When I had mine done years ago, everything was ripped out and replaced, including the wooden frames and sills, inside and out. Cost for my house over ten years ago was over $30,000.

David Heald

Subject: Windows

I really enjoyed this article. I've been considering new windows for some time, and this well written information really opened my eyes to the world of window replacement.

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Hello - I hope my answer will help point you in the right direction.

 

The reason you're having a hard time getting clear information is because there are hundreds of companies saying their window is the best. There are probably millions of different features you can choose to have for your windows and in price ranges from $169-$1200 (per double-hung window).

 

I've been in the business for 15 years and have seen many different window products from many different dealers and manufacturers. This all comes down to: "what's important for you and your home?" If you want a strong warranty from a company who has a full-time service department to give you piece of mind and service your windows should needs be, or are you looking at only those companies who offer true wood interior windows that you can paint or stain to match the home decor? Whatever is your hot-button, then that's where you want to start.

 

I would recommend you first choose how you want your new windows to look. Wood-interior with vinyl clad is only offered by certain companies, while there is a vinyl woodgrain finish to give you similar results without the maintenance. If you're only looking for a white interior and don't want the maintenance, a fiberglass or vinyl window would be the best choice from what is offered in the market today (vinyl will be less expensive - not necessarily cheaper quality). If you are going to change out a window to a french door and a door to a window, then you WILL NEED to find a contractor with some carpentry experience. Some companies will tell you upfront that they do not handle those sorts of remodeling projects due to the complexity and time it would take to get it complete.

 

Unfortunately, we won't be able to personally help you with your project as we work in the New England Area. However, if you wish to talk further, please feel free to email me at: sven@ritewindow.com and I'll be happy to let you know our prices for what we offer so you can compare and hopefully find a similar company to do the work for you near the Austin area.

 

Cheers!

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Get your roofer back out there.  Course of shingles above the window need to be pulled, self sealing flashing, drip caps, and counter and step flashing are going to be required here. 

 

This is a flashing issue as the window connects to the mansard roof surface. 

 

Condensation and a leak are two different and very noticeably different (i.e. volume) things.

 

Flashing and roofing on Mansards can be tricky but is sounds very much like a roofing issue. 

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For a broken window (or leaking seal in multi-pane unit), for a standard roughly 2x3 foot window, can run from low of about $75-125 for single pane to more like $200-300 range for triple pane, depending on construction and any special ultraviolet or heat reflective coatings. If a removeable window unit, of course cheaper to remove it and take to replacement glass place then have them come out, measure glass size, order glass unit, then come back to install.

 

If taking in yourself, commonly they can do single-pane in an hour or two, but count on a week or so typically for sealed double or triple pane unit to come in, so you will have to seal the opening in the interim. That is an advantage of having them come out - they measure and determine type of unit on first visit and can seal with tape and plastic sheeting (if you have not already done that), then come back with new unit and install a week or two down the road - but you are not stuck with an opening in the wall for a long time.

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Much easier to scratch and typically not as good a finished quality as compared to glass.

 

Benefits are the resistance to breakage as mentioned by LCD.  Any glazing shop should be able to re-create that panel.